Feinstein comments on Newsom
McGoldrick confronts Newsom and asks him to step
Newsom goes into rehab
Mayor's press office can't bring themselves to
Mayor Gavin Newsom will be entering a rehab program for alcohol
abuse. File photo 1/31/6
Kirshenbaum and Luke
Fog City Journal developing story
First published: February 5, 2007, 4:20 p.m.
Update: 2/6/7, 6:36 p.m.
Senator Dianne Feinstein spokesperson Scott Gerber released the
following statement to Fog City Journal:
"I think the mayor will solve his problem, and I wish him
well. I intend to continue to work with him in any way I can.
"He will see this thing through ok."
Update: 2/6/7, 2:20 p.m.
Supervisor Jake McGoldrick met with Mayor Gavin Newsom at 1.00
p.m. today. In the Room 200 meeting, McGoldrick called on Newsom
Following their meeting, McGoldrick told Fog City:
"I asked him to resign for the good of the city and for
his own good and he's more accountable for his own good than anyone
else on this earth... certainly for the good of the city he should
"His actions are not consequential merely in the private
realm, his actions are consequential in the public realm. He is
a public figure, number one public figure in San Francisco and
he has got to be held accountable. He can't just ask us to forget.
"He (Newsom) said that he resents that I would go after
him in a situation like this because bascially he is down and
why would I pick on him when he is down.
"I said, well you're just trying to do exactly what's the
worst thing about this, portraying yourself as a victim. The victims
are the people you were involved with; the woman you were involved
with, her family, her husband - they have a child - and the people
of San Francisco.
"You just don't give a one minute fourty eight second memorized,
sort of phoney press conference, and then walk away. and then
a few days later when you're forced to... portray yourself as
the victim seeking counselling, whatever that means."
Supervisor Jake McGoldrick
Following their meeting Newsom Press Secretary Peter Ragone told
Fog City, to his knowledge, no other elected officials have so
far called on Newsom to resign.
Update 2/6/7, 10:37 a.m.
A statement is expected from Feinstein's office later today.
Update: 2/6/07, 9:12 a.m.
Senator Feinstein's office denies Feinstein is calling on Newsom
Update: 2/5/7, 6:08 p.m.
Sources have told Fog City Journal that Senator Dianne Feinstein
is due to ask Mayor Gavin Newsom to resign in the wake of his
announcement that he will be entering rehab.
Senator Dianne Feinstein. File photo 10/23/6.
Update: 2/5/7, 6:04 p.m.
Supervisor Jake McGoldrick is quoted on KGO-Channel
7 news calling on Mayor Gavin Newsom to resign.
Supervisor Jake McGoldrick
Update: 2/5/7, 6:00 p.m.
Statement from the Mayor's Office
Today Mayor Newsom attended a regularly scheduled department
head meeting. At the meeting he expressed a deep sense of sorrow
for what has happened in his personal life. He also informed department
heads that he had stopped drinking and that he was seeking professional
assistance to support his decision. The Mayor reiterated that
he accepts full responsibility for his personal mistakes and his
problems with alcohol are not an excuse for his errors.
Upon reflection with friends and family this weekend, I
have come to the conclusion that I will be a better person without
alcohol in my life, said Mayor Newsom. I take full
responsibility for my personal mistakes and my problems with alcohol
are not an excuse for my personal lapses in judgment.
He reiterated his intention to continue serving the people of
San Francisco while he seeks support from Mimi Silbert and the
Delancey Street Foundation in the city. His treatment will not
interfere with his day to day responsibilities to the people of
Update: 2/5/7, 4:20 p.m.
At about 4:05 p.m. David Miree of the Mayor's press office would
not confirm the announcement that Mayor Gavin Newsom would be
going into non-residential rehab treatment for alcohol abuse.
Miree checked with Jennifer Petrucione, another staffer, and
we were told only that she would get back to us.
Fog City Journal regrets the Newsom administration continues
to be less than forthcoming with press inquiries.