Mayor Gavin Newsom said he is not – at least not at this very second – considering running for lieutenant governor, despite a new poll that has him as the frontrunner in the Democratic primary hunt.
Reporters bombarded Newsom at an unrelated press conference with inquiries about what the poll might mean for Newsom, who abandoned the governor’s race last year after more than a year of rigorous campaigning.
The mayor responded by saying he hadn’t even seen the poll yet and that he’s been enjoying spending more time with his wife and baby daughter and focusing on The City – which were the reasons he gave for dropping out of the governor’s race.
But Newsom refused to say he’s ruling out the lieutenant governor run.
“The only hesitancy of saying absolutely unequivocally no chance is that I committed over a year of my life to the cause of this state,” he said.
But … “It’s not my focus, it hasn’t been for a nanosecond,” he said. “I haven’t made one call, not one call. I have not reflected on this, I have not had any conversations except the one we’re having right now.”
So the final answer? Definitely probably not, but you never know.