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Sam

Who needs to watch soaps on TV anymore....We now have 'As SF Turns'. Can't wait to see what happens tomorrow.

Shawn in Colorado

Gasp!!! A politician doing something illegal or immoral - what the hell is this world coming too.
Next thing you know someone in the news media is going to be pushing an agenda like global warming caused by humans.

Saddened_Yet_Seldom_Surprised

It's sad, sad societal commentary when we use everyone-else-does-it pap in attempt to excuse actions of our so-called leaders.

If Ragone remains press secretary, we'll know Newsom is afraid of other dirty little secrets the sad, sad liar might reveal.

Not surprising, those who usually attack Noyes here (in defense of the sad, sad drunk and, now, adulterer) are temporarily wordless. Not to worry, they'll soon return with a vengeance.

Jack

I have been a supporter of Newsom since he was elected. But wow, what a start to '07 he has had! First, the report of his showing up drunk at the hospital to support the family of the fallen officer. Then the preppy choir boy beating incident. Now an admitted affair with his secretary and the wife of his most loyal supporter.

The story of him being drunk at the hospital didn't phase me one bit. It was the Holidays, he was at a party, he had some drinks. Get off his case...at least he went to the hospital. No harm, no foul...

But I started losing respect for Newsom after the choir beating incident. He could have done much more to step up and make a difference in this case. He was more interested in pointing blame than offering a resolution.

But now the affair, come on! If he can stab someone as close as Alex Tourk in the back, what does he really care about "the people of San Francisco"

This guy has become a joke of a leader...time to step down Newsom. Amazing what 30 days can do to your image. I went from being a staunch supporter of his to him losing my vote...all in under a month...way to go big guy!

Brian House

I am more than impressed with Mayor Newsom. He did not hide behind any spokesperson nor did he deny it. He did what I have never seen any other politician or church leader do. He came out and was upfront and admitted to it. I do not think he has lost the trust of the people of San Francisco but rather gained more trust and more respect.
Thank You

Jack


In response to Brian House:

How can you say, "He did not hide behind any spokesperson nor did he deny it. He did what I have never seen any other politician or church leader do. He came out and was upfront and admitted to it"

This affair alledgely occured in 2005 when he was going through his divorce. It took two years and the confrontation of Alex Tourk to get him to stand up and admit it. Sure, I agree that it was better that he spoke personally about the affair. But it certainly doesn't earn my respect after hiding it for two years. The news was out regardless. He had no other options but to admit it. If he would have come forward before Alex Tourk resigned or before it hit sfgate.com, then he may have earned some respect.

AC Smith

Brian House writes:
"Sure, I agree that it was better that he spoke personally about the affair. But it certainly doesn't earn my respect after hiding it for two years. The news was out regardless. He had no other options but to admit it. If he would have come forward before Alex Tourk resigned or before it hit sfgate.com, then he may have earned some respect."

While I would certainly concur that Newsom hasn't exactly covered himself in glory on this (regardless of how fresh the sting of his own breakup, engaging in a dalliance with someone in a committed relationship/marriage is *never* a good decision), I'm not sure how you would have him handle this differently.

Is it somehow incumbant on all sitting office holders to immediately "go public" with details and mea culpas around actions which are, at the end of the day, private indiscretions?

Had he done so back in '05, wouldn't that have constituted a grossly inappropriate invasion of the privacy of the entire Tourk family?

The events seem more sad than sleazy, to me. The real "sleaze factor" lies in the reality that self-righteous, self-aggrandizing reporters and people with political agendas to pursue are gonna be retailing the tawdry details of this unfortunate situation for days and weeks to come.

AC Smith

Jack writes:
"Sure, I agree that it was better that he spoke personally about the affair. But it certainly doesn't earn my respect after hiding it for two years. The news was out regardless. He had no other options but to admit it. If he would have come forward before Alex Tourk resigned or before it hit sfgate.com, then he may have earned some respect."

While I would certainly concur that Newsom hasn't exactly covered himself in glory on this (regardless of how fresh the sting of his own breakup, engaging in a dalliance with someone in a committed relationship/marriage is never a good decision), I'm not sure how you would have him handle this differently.

Is it somehow incumbant on all sitting office holders to immediately "go public" with details and mea culpas around actions which are, at the end of the day, private indiscretions?

Had he done so back in '05, wouldn't that have constituted a grossly inappropriate invasion of the privacy of the entire Tourk family?

The events seem more sad than sleazy, to me. The real "sleaze factor" lies in the reality that self-righteous, self-aggrandizing reporters and people with political agendas to pursue are gonna be retailing the tawdry details of this unfortunate situation for days and weeks to come.

WatchingTheThreeRingCircus


Top hat Newsom and his spinning clowns are transforming the dome over City Hall into a circus big top.

I don't watch him, but I'd wager Bill O'Reilly will use this as yet another example of "San Francisco values."

Debbie

when newson 1st took office, i really thought someone different. honest!
what a joke!
he has definately shown his true colors.
mostly when he has tried to blacklist channel 7

Will

AC asks: "Had he done so back in '05, wouldn't that have constituted a grossly inappropriate invasion of the privacy of the entire Tourk family?"

Yes, if he had done so publicly, but he certainly should have confessed his grossly inappropriate acts to his friend, don't you think?

And "The events seem more sad than sleazy, to me. The real "sleaze factor" lies in the reality that self-righteous, self-aggrandizing reporters and people with political agendas to pursue are gonna be retailing [sic?] the tawdry details of this unfortunate situation for days and weeks to come."

Your "reality," AC, seems yet another sad attempt to target messengers and, thus, divert attention from real issues of character and the subsequent quest for candid answers. We've long seen how Newsom, Ragone, et al, dance around queries regarding their own self-righteous, self-aggrandizing, hidden political agendas and. of course, misdeeds.

Which adjective might we use to describe the factor you seek to inject? Denial? Diversion? Partisan? Good Friend? Or are you simply another Newsom staffer?

Jack

In response to AC Smith:

I don't disagree with you. In fact, you hit the nail on the head. My point was not about how Newsom handled the press or spoke of the incident. Truthfully, I could care less whether he went public in 2005 or 2007 or ever at all.

My point was that there is now yet another scandal that involves this guy. Enough is enough and I'm over reading about scandals involving Newsom. His power to run this City is rapidly dwindling and likewise, my support for him is gone...

Ed in Sacramento

A sad time for San Francisco!!!! Being a former resident, it is shamefull what has happened to San Francisco over the past year. With the lack of leadership and direction it seems quite of few areas of San Francisco is falling apart. A quick summary: questionable lone ranger rescue attempt that resulted in a needless death, lack of a coordinated response to the choir beating incident, drunken appearance of a mayor, a press secretary that has no ethical standards,a board of supervisors that have to send out resolutions for the mayor's a press secretary who is out of control, a mayor who would dishonor the office and disrespect a close friend friend by a having a fling. What other misfortunes lies in store for the citizens of this great city due to this shill? Unfortunately I can't vote but hopefully either the Mayor resigns or the locals vote him out!!!!

Prophet Kaiser Soze PBUH

WHATS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?? THIS IS GREAT! I cant believe the people of San Franfreako aren't applauding Gavin's conquest! Hell she's a hot babe and he's single! Is this not the very kind of moral degeneracy that the City by the Bay has come to be known for?? I THINK IT IS...ITS PERFECT. GOOD FOR SAN FRANFREAKO...THE MELTING POT OF MORAL DEGENERATES....GOOD JOB!! Remember this guy was hand picked to be the mayor of SF by Billy Jeff Clinton, the Hillbilly Whore Hopper Himself. THE APPLE DOESNT FALL FAR FROM THE TREE!!!

Chub E Chaser

She's too skinny for me. I like em big, 300 lbs. + with big titties.

Pete

It appears to me that the only person in the Mayor's office with any personal inegrity resigned yesterday.

Rhiannon

While the actions displayed by Mr. Newsom were not the smartest, we must remember that we are human. We make mistakes. I have yet to see a "perfect" person especially in politics This is his "personal" life and has nothing to do with the issues in the city. This matter is between the parties involved and that alone. IT IS NONE OF OUR BUSINESS!-I have no idea why this was even in the news media. There are more serious issues to be broadcasted..

TJ

Oh BOY! DAN you are busy body. Who cares if the mayor is schtooking his secretary or buddies wife. It is not news! I guess you are bored over there in Mouschwitz. So bored in fact that you have to start a moral war? Is this like Bush's "War on TRRRER?" You owe it to your viewers to actually do the work to get news on the air. This is a waste of time. You could be working on a story that actually could help the public. Gavin has to work out his personal moral issues with his friends and family. Not on air. Dan...this is comming from some one who works in media. Go get some real news and help the public. We have homlessness, drug addiction, mental illness, people dying in poverty, shootings, gangs, earthquake preparedness, people with HIV. All these things are worth spending time on. When you look back at your career I hope you can say you have done some worth while with it, that you contributed. At this point what you have done is made the people focus on one mans inability to behave. You are a joke of a journalist and a waste of FCC air. Concentrate on real issues, not your own own moral polution and general "if it bleeds it leads" mentality. By the way that FCC air is licenced by the American People to ABC, so serve us better!

TJ

Oh by the way, all parties envolved have done more for the homeless that many mayors in the past. Let these people have a private life. YOur use of free speech borders on harassment...hey maybe it is harassment.

Tom Scully

You were incorrect in asking Mayor Newsom if he was going to resign. You proved yourself no more than a sensationalist.

I was embarrassed by your shameless muckraking and immediately changed channels and missed all the other commercials that were broadcast later in your broadcast.

I will now change my news viewing from the only SF station I receive in Santa Cruz. You have lost a long time viewer based on your desire to create a moment for you to replay in your dreams rather then be a true investigative reporter seeking the truth.

Tom Scully

Steve

To Dan I want to say Thank You. You understand what your detractors don't: To be a Leader you must Lead in all aspects of your life.

The detractors all wonder what is wrong with the kids today. One need only look at their leaders and the examples they give and their parents acceptance of it. I wonder what it will take until they finely draw a line and say no further.

To Mr. Newson I want to say get out. You state how deeply you care for Alex Tourk. If this is how you show your friendship I'm glad your not mine. You knew from the start this was wrong but you still when trough with the affair and even after the deed was done you said nothing to your great friend. You only came out with an apology because you got caught. Your so called apology was only given with thoughts of the re-election coming up not to any remorse for your actions

To all those who say this was an affair between 2 consenting adults I say this comes down to character and honesty. Mr. Newsom has none.

stopragone

Ragone needs to be stopped before it's too late:

Do a Google Search:

Peter Ragone TIC Ellis Act

John Nelson

Gavin Newsom is as phony as politicians come. Hes a child.

New KGO I-team watcher

I just watched the web-video about the crook restaurant owner stealing people's money. I-team rocks!

SW

We're talking about SF here - WTF do you expect?
Besides, Ruby's hot as hell.
Keep up the good work Dan.
You Da Man!

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