| SF Mayor Gavin Newsom has announced a campaign team for his run at the governorship in 2010. In this respect, he gets a jump over any other candidates, potential or announced. However, if you have read Calitics for any length of time, something in the following PolitickerCA story will stick out to you:
SAN FRANCISCO - Famed California political strategist Garry South has joined Mayor Gavin Newsom's 2010 gubernatorial exploratory committee, a spokesman for the committee announced this morning.
Exploratory committee spokesman Eric Jaye also announced that the committee has retained influential political polling firm, Benenson Strategy Group, and its principals Joel Benenson, chief pollster for U.S. Senator and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and Peter Brodnitz ... will join the exploratory effort.
It's an interesting team, once you throw in campaign manager and former Hillary NH state director Nick Clemons. But, of course, the elephant in the room is the Lieberman strategist Garry South. Garry and I don't have the best relationship.
Personal feelings aside, I still believe that he is a force for milquetoasty centrist policies. I'll leave it up to you whether you think that's a good thing in an adviser. Now, you can debate whether Newsom is as sculptable as Davis, but I'm sure there will be plenty of eyes on Newsom to see if he runs this primary campaign as a California Lieberman or as a California Wellstone. Of course there's a big spectrum between those two styles.
South, at least in his previous campaigns, was none too fond of people-powered campaigns or the broader movement. Let's just say, he was not empowered by Howard (Dean) and the internet. Time will tell if he recreates his past "success" with Newsom.