The Buzz: Gavin Newsom runs his mouth at State of the State

January 23, 2014 

Newsom introduces Brown with his own speech

State of the State speeches rarely go well for lieutenant governors. They have to sit behind the person on whom everybody is focused and applaud on cue – even if they don’t like what is being said or the person saying it. But they do get to speak. And it’s televised.

On Wednesday, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom introduced Gov. Jerry Brown. But first, he was introduced by Senate leader Darrell Steinberg, who called him the “former mayor of the city of Sacramento,” and then, upon recognizing the mistake, recovered: “Well, that would be a step up.” Everybody laughed.

Newsom acknowledged that he’s like trash-talking Seattle Seahawks defender Richard Sherman: “Nobody wants to hear me run my mouth.” But then he did, for more than five minutes, about energy, climate change, debt, “the merger of IT and globalization,” “hyper-connectivity,” the need to “establish California as the tent pole for job creation,” and the emerging “whitewaters of change.”

Brown, whose relationship with Newsom seems businesslike, at best, got the final word. “Lieutenant governor,” he said, “I appreciate change, but I also value continuity.”

– Dan Smith

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