Friday, February 02, 2007

Gavin Newsom's Chickens Roost - Big Time

The following is an AP story on the current scandal embroiling San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom. This story is very telling in a number of ways. I will highlight certain sections in bold:

Mayor Gavin Newsom apologized Thursday for having a sexual relationship with his former campaign manager's wife. "I'm deeply sorry," Newsom said during a brief news conference at City Hall the day after the aide resigned. Newsom appeared poised but visibly emotional. He spoke for about a minute and left without taking questions.

Alex Tourk, 39, resigned Wednesday after confronting his boss about his relationship with his wife, Ruby Rippey-Tourk, 34, who once worked as the mayor's appointment secretary. Newsom acknowledged that he had the affair first reported Wednesday night on the San Francisco Chronicle's Web site and apologized for what he called "a lapse of judgment."

"I want to make it clear that everything you've read is true and I'm deeply sorry about that," he said. "I hurt someone I care deeply about, Alex Tourk and his family and friends, and that is something I'm deeply sad about and sorry for."
Tourk, 39, served as Newsom's deputy chief of staff until September, when he became manager of the re-election campaign.
After his wife told him about the affair, Tourk approached the mayor about it, then resigned. Tourk did not immediately return phone calls and e-mails seeking comment by The Associated Press. "It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the Newsom campaigns and the city of San Francisco and its residents," Tourk said in a statement released by the mayor's office Wednesday.

Newsom, 39, who is seeking a second four-year term in November, said in the statement that he accepted Tourk's resignation "with great sadness," adding that he was "an extraordinary leader of our campaigns and a tireless public servant."
Rippey-Tourk told her husband that the affair was short-lived and happened about 1 1/2 years ago, when she worked for Newsom. At the time, Newsom was in divorce proceedings with his then-wife, Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle.
Rippey-Tourk, who left the mayor's office last spring and is now a local radio host, did not return the Chronicle's calls for comment, the newspaper said.

San Francisco residents said the mayor's interoffice dalliance would have little bearing on his performance as mayor.
"I could care less," said Lee Simmons, 79, at a downtown bank. "Newsom is great. I voted for him last time and I'll vote for him again." Tom Abbott, 36, an executive recruiter, said that having an affair with a loyal aide's wife was "a total slimeball move. "Any guy who puts that much mousse in his hair can't be trusted," Abbott said. "You don't screw over your own boys." However, Abbott said that he would probably vote for Newsom in November.

Construction worker Geremy Curtis, 34, agreed that while the news out of Newsom's office made for interesting gossip, "it will be laughed off," he said. "We put these people on a pedestal and think they are above all usual activities, and when they do something that is completely human, we are astonished," he said. Curtis predicted that San Francisco voters would forgive the mayor if he owned up to any lapses in judgment.

A few things stand out at me here. If you remember, Gavin Newsom is the mayor who made history a couple of years back by announcing that he was unilaterally ignoring state and federal law, and proclaiming homosexual marriage legal in San Francisco. If Hizzoner can thumb his nose without conscience about the law - something he is sworn to uphold in his oath of office - why should we be shocked if he ignores other laws, including the law of God?

Also note the attitude expressed by Mr. Simmons. He acknowledges that Newsom's actions were "slimeball," and "can't be trusted," yet in the next breath admits that Newsom would probably get his vote again.

Now, San Francisco is obviously the fruitiest and nuttiest place in the Land of Fruits and Nuts. Yet it is also symbolic of a cancer that is spreading across American society. If right and wrong mean so little to both elected officials and the public in general, then no one has any right to complain about ANYTHING going on in our society. To do so is to make a value judgment, something fewer and fewer people are willing to do. Anything goes, that is unless their personal ox is gored.

Let me state what San Franciscans are apparently unwilling to state - or even see. Mayor Newsom is a disgrace to the city, the state and the country. He ought to resign immediately. More than that, he should have been impeached and removed from office as soon as he pulled his first stunt on homosexual marriage. He betrayed his marriage. He betrayed his friend. He betrayed the people who elected him. Worst of all, he betrayed God.

I would like to see San Francisco do the right thing for a change and stand up for what is right. Sadly, it is more likely that the city will live up to its reputation of being the American Sodom.

One final observation. Cancer untreated metastasizes. Once it metastasizes, it is very difficult to stop. Eventually it kills. Yet there is another disease that also fits, namely leprosy. The flesh slowly rots off, but the disease numbs the nervous system to the point that the leper feels little. A leprosy patient's appearance becomes more and more hideous over time. It's truly sad. Our society has both cancer and leprosy. It is also comfortably numb to the idea that anything is wrong.

When judgment finally falls, how many of us will look back longingly as did Lot's wife? I don't know about you, but I don't like the idea of being turned to something delivered by the Morton Salt truck.


Joe B. Whitchurch said...

Well written. Well said. Thanks. Can you handle bit of cynicism on this story for a bit here? Here goes..

Newsom may find that he does not in fact get returned to office for at least two reasons that really are one and the same. First he shows that there are still one husband and one wife married couples still living in the SanFrancisco vicinity. This could be bad for their PR. Second he did not have the affair with the husband.

OK, that was cynical but I knew many had already thought it before completing the article compliments of their recent history in politics and in judicial activism. I'm glad Bush and homeland security saved their bridge even if the activists there will most likely use it as a stage for strange causes and protests.

Palm boy said...

Glad your back!

Good analysis.