Newsom says talk shows are just for fun 

Chatting on national talk programs will not be Mayor Gavin Newsom’s launching pad for higher office – at least according to him.

The mayor responded Wednesday to speculation that he has appeared on several major programs recently – most notably Bill O’Reilly’s  show on Fox News - as a career-booster.

That’s just not the case, he said.

“I do those shows all the time…have been for years,” he said. “It’s funny how just because it’s the O’Reilly Factor that everyone pays more attention to it.”

Also, Newsom said, “No, it’s not some Machiavellian strategy to appeal to moderates in the Central Valley. I’m not that good.”

Meanwhile, the mayor hasn’t yet ruled out that he won’t run for lieutenant governor.

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