Former Governor Jerry Brown’s press secretary Gil Duran has some pointed words for Gavin Newsom, which add up to “Fuggedaboutit.”
In a Sacramento Bee op ed, Duran opined: “Once Newsom accepts that he will never be president, he’ll be free to govern California without any concern for swing-state politics. He can focus on doing what’s right for California instead of attempting to triangulate his way to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.”
Duran, who served as Jerry Brown’s Press Secretary 2011-2013, was referring not just to Newsom’s canceled DNC speech, but how facing an apocalyptic and multiple crises, has learned the hard way what Jerry Brown used to say: The job of California governor is usually a “career-ender,” not a stepping stone. Brown ran for president three times: 1976, 1980 and 1992.
It was no secret that during Brown’s final eight years as California Governor, he and his administration saw Newsom as a whiner who shirked what minimal responsibility he had.
The Los Angeles Times chronicled this: “As lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom has had few duties — and he skipped many of them,” and “repeatedly made clear his frustration with the job and its’ lack of responsibilities.”
Newsom “missed scores of meetings held by the University of California Board of Regents, the California State University Board of Trustees and the California State Lands Commission, according to a Times review of attendance records.”
“He attended 54% of UC Regents meeting days, 34% for Cal State and 57% for state lands, according to the Times review. The Times included in the tally days when Newsom was present for only part of the day, and excluded days when Newsom had no committee meetings or other official business to attend.”
Duran says Newsom the “California miracle” has become the California nightmare, noting that his top public health officials resigned.
While Duran’s op ed stings, he really hit the nail on the head on Newsom’s lack of governing, and instead posturing, all the while with his eye on the West Wing. But it remains to be seen if Newsom will now “be free to govern California without any concern for swing-state politics.”
Many in the state think Newsom doesn’t have a clue “on doing what’s right for California instead of attempting to triangulate his way to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave,” largely because of the overwhelming power and influence Newsom ceded to labor unions, environmentalists and radicals, who now surround him as his senior administration officials and appointees.
Time will tell.