SAN FRANCISCO MAYOR Gavin Newsom never used cocaine – KPIX NEWS ANCHOR: Allegation “A New Low” – Chronicle, Examiner, Sentinel Call for Censure

KPIX News Anchor

Photo by Bill Wilson
Sentinel Photographer
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

By Pat Murphy
Sentinel Editor & Publisher
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has never used cocaine, Newsom said Wednesday morning frustrated that he had to answer a ‘when did you stop beating wife’ question.

Terming the allegation “about as sleazy as it gets,” Newsom made the remarks following a City Hall Press conference announcing a new website helpful to residents and businesses in determining how much solar power would be needed to power their buildings.

One day earlier, San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly implied Newsom may have used cocaine.

The San Francisco Chronicle Thursday called for Daly to be censured by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. The San Francisco Examiner and The San Francisco Sentinel as well called for censure.

Daly made the comment during a Tuesday meeting of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in a hearing on Health Department budgeting proposed by Newsom.

Photo by David Toerge
Sentinel Photography Editor
Copyright © 2007 San Francisco Sentinel

Elected as the representative of some 60,000 San Francisco District 6 residents, Daly asserted the implication and then declared he was going home — some hours before Health Department budget hearing was completed.

“It’s ironic,” Daly asked rhetorically, “that there are $2 million in cuts in substance abuse proposed by Gavin Christopher Newsom.

“Where, I ask, does Gavin Christopher Newsom get his substance abuse recovery, and how much does it cost the City?”

“And now I’m going home,” Daly stated moments later and just as quickly began that journey.

District 6 Supervisor Daly is a loquacious critic of Newsom who is up for re-election as mayor in November.

Daly recently convened a well attended Progressive Convention geared to produce a candidate to run against Newsom.

None materialized.

As chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, Daly attempted to rewrite Newsom’s 2007-2008 proposed City Budget by shortcut ordinance.

Public reaction caused Board President Aaron Peskin — who appointed Daly as chair of the Budget and Finance Committee — to not only strip Daly of his Budget and Finance Committee chairmanship but also remove Daly from that committee altogether.

This morning Newsom took note of Daly behavior.

“The answer is absolutely not,” Newsom responded to media questioning whether Newsom has used cocaine.

“It’s offensive and it’s about as low as it gets,” he continued.

“It’s about as sleazy as it gets.

“I’ve seen it — because I’m not naive — I’ve seen a lot of things said and done politically but usually politicians don’t do the dirty work. They have their handlers and consultants do the dirty work.

“I’ve never seen an elected official during a legislative session take this kind of cheap shot.

“For whatever reason, he doesn’t want to engage me on the issues.

“He’s opposed to our free WiFi. He’s opposed to efforts on our Justice Centers. He’s opposed to more community police officers.

“For whatever reason, he doesn’t want to come out of the shadows and engage me directly…

“So now he’s taken the cheapest of cheap shots.

“It’s offensive.”

Supervisor Daly has entered his mid-30s.

Sentinel Editor & Publisher
In his youth, Pat Murphy worked as a General Assignment reporter for the Richmond Independent, the Berkeley Daily Gazette, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He served as Managing Editor of the St. Albans (Vermont) Daily Messenger at age 21. Murphy also launched ValPak couponing in San Francisco, as the company’s first San Francisco franchise owner. He walked the bricks, developing ad strategy for a broad range of restaurants and merchants. Pat knows what works and what doesn’t work. His writing skill has been employed by marketing agencies, including Don Solem & Associates. He has covered San Francisco governance for the past ten years. Pat scribes an offbeat view of the human family through Believe It or What.

Sentinel Photographer
Bill Wilson is a veteran freelance photographer whose work is published by San Francisco and East Bay media. Bill embraced photography at the age of eight. In recent years, his photos capture historic record of the San Francisco LGBT community in the Bay Area Reporter (BAR). Bill has contributed to the Sentinel for the past two years.

Sentinel Photography Editor
When David Toerge left a career in photojournalism that had spanned over twelve years and started in a new direction of commercial photography he blended the editorial style with a more corporate look. David led the way in that new style garnering many awards for his work. Communications Arts has honored him over six times. Based in San Francisco, David shoots projects on location all over the US for various corporations and a multitude of magazines and always brings back great images. He has a keen sense of light, color, and composition and delivers to his clients assignments done with passion. He has climbed bridges hundreds of feet in the air, shot in caves hundreds of feet below, dived with sharks and driven the track with Indy drivers. He has shot earthquakes and firestorms but loves walking the streets with his camera just photographing the everyday life of his city.

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