The Buzz: For Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the crowd’s already at the bar

03/09/2014 5:11 PM

03/26/2014 8:50 AM

Oh, the indignity of a minor speaking spot – and the self-awareness of its holder.

Only a smattering of Democratic activists remained when Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the final speaker of the afternoon, took to the podium to address the state party’s annual convention Saturday.

“Thank you very much,” he said. “It’s good to see all four of you.”

The crowd applauded, thin though it was after a day of convention activities.

“I’m getting to finally live out a lifelong dream of achieving a profound and highly sought-after honor of being the last speaker of the day,” Newsom said.

“The question I’ve been asking myself in the back is: What did I do to deserve this spot? So I think I’ve come up with a few explanations. No. 1, Gov. Brown chose the speaking order,” he said.

Newsom and Brown have a distant relationship, and there were some howls in the hall. He offered two other possible explanations for his spot in the speaking order, then left the subject with one more.

“No. 4, and this may actually be the real reason,” he said. “The party makes a lot of money if people leave early and head to the bar, which, clearly, I think folks have.”

– David Siders


With the state struggling to implement on-time and on-budget computer systems that perform as promised, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is scheduled for an online interview to talk tech today. The former mayor of San Francisco, who is running for re-election as backup governor, will make an appearance on Techleader.TV at 11:30 a.m. The webcast, hosted by former California state technology chief John Thomas Flynn, will be archived for on-demand viewing.

– Jon Ortiz


“At the end of the day, we stand united as a party, dedicated to making our elections more inclusive and our democracy stronger.”

Leland Yee, candidate for secretary of state, after Democrats failed to endorse in the race.

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