Newsom campaign manager tenders resignation
Tourk cites "personal reasons"
Sources say Newsom had affair with Tourk's wife
Mayor Newsom's Deputy Chief of Staff and Campaign Manager Alex
tendered his resignation earlier today. File photo 4/27/6.
Fog City Journal developing story
January 31, 2007, 4:00 p.m.
From the Newsom for Mayor Campaign
The Gavin Newsom for Mayor campaign today announced the resignation
of Campaign Manager Alex Tourk.
Tourk said, It has been an honor and a privilege to serve
the Newsom campaigns and the City of San Francisco and its residents.
However, for personal reasons, I must resign my position as Campaign
Manager of the Mayors re-election campaign. I am honored
that, as Deputy Chief of Staff, I helped create and implement
key policy initiatives such as the Homeless Connect program that
is now a national model for its compassionate and comprehensive
approach to helping the homeless.
Mayor Gavin Newsom said, It is with great sadness that
we accept Alexs resignation. He has been an extraordinary
leader of our campaigns and a tireless public servant. He was
instrumental in my first election, organizing a strong early re-election
effort and shaping successful policy during his service with the
City and County of San Francisco. We all wish Alex well and know
he will be successful in all of his future endeavors.
Senior Campaign Strategist Eric Jaye said, We wish our
friend and colleague Alex Tourk all the very best. The campaign
moves forward, but he will certainly be missed.
Fog City spoke with Jaye by phone and asked him to comment on
the reasons Tourk cited for tendering his resignation.
Jaye said: "Let the statement speak for itself."
Jaye reported he and others would be taking over the role of
managing the Newsom for Mayor campaign in the interim.
Sources requesting anonymity are telling Fog City Journal Tourk
resigned today following revellations his wife, Ruby Tourk, had
an affair with Mayor Gavin Newsom.
Sources reveal a sexual harrassment lawsuit is being considered
by Ruby Tourk against the Mayor's Office and/or the CIty of San
Francisco. Ruby Tourk has not returned calls for comment.
February 1, 2007 9:00 a.m.
We're hearing a press conference or an announcement is being
planned for this morning.
A press conference has been scheduled for 11:30 a.m. in the Mayor's
Office, City Hall.
San Francisco City Hall, in full scandal mode:
The media and curiosity seekers are gathering, awaiting the 11:30
press conference. The mood is largely one of shrugged shoulders
over the sex and drugs in Room 200, even as more salacious rumors
No, the real tsk-tsking is over the betrayal
of one of Gavin's best friends, and the defiant denials by
the mayor's arrogant spin team that allowed this situation to
persist for so long.
Will the stonewalling continue? Some expect the Newsom house
to crumble at least slightly. A growing list of mayoral hopefuls
is already cutting deals of mutual support should the Mayor choose
to withdraw from his race for reelection, an entirely plausible
possibility. If so, add Carol Migden and Bevan Dufty to our previously
reported list of conceivable candidates.
Up next: a report, photos, and videos of the mayor's 11:30 press
conference. And details on the stonewalling of this whole sad
affair. Sex might not derail leadership. But stonewalling certainly
Newsom admits to affair:
"I want to make it clear that everything you've heard and
read is true and I feel deeply sorry about that.
"I hurt someone I care deeply about, Alex Tourk, his friends
and family, and that is something I have to live every second
of my life.
"I am also sorry I let the people of San Francisco down.
"They expect a lot of their mayor and my personal lack of
judgment aside, I am committed to restoring their trust and confidence
and will work very hard in the upcoming months to make sure the
business of running the city is handled appropriately.
"I also want to extend a personal apology to everyone in
my administration, to my staff that I just met with, and to my
friends and my family members.
"I am deeply sorry and accountable for what has occurred,
and now becomes the process of reconciling it and now working
aggressively to advance the agenda in the city, and to work hard
to build trust again, to restore the trust for the people of San
Fog City Journal's Luke
Thomas and Daniela
Kirshenbaum are contributing to this developing story.