Newsom's Ultimate Betrayal
Adam and Eve, Circa 1932
Painting by Tamara
Fog CIty Editorial
February 2, 2007
"The signs of the hypocrite are three: when he speaks,
he lies; when he makes a promise, he breaks it; and when he is
entrusted with something, he betrays that trust."
While everyone is exercising their own moral fiber in denouncing
Newsom's adultery and his breach of the public trust, his most
concerning action is the painful betrayal of his loyal and trusted
friend, Alex Tourk.
Former Newsom Deputy Chief of Staff and Newsom 2007 Campaign Manager
Photo by Luke
In a shady corner we find Judas, Delilah, Brutus, and now Newsom
and Ruby Tourk added to the membership of the Backstabber's Club.
Newsom's betrayal paints a dismal picture of Newsom the man which
we cannot separate from Newsom the politician, or Newsom the Mayor
of San Francisco.
If Newsom is capable of betraying one of his most loyal and trusted
servants, what can we expect of his respect for San Francisco
And If there is a problem with Newsom's thinking, we should all
be afraid, very afraid, because he pens the big deals on our behalf.
We hold our elected officials to the highest standard of propriety.
Our hands may have become slippery after Mayor Willie Brown's
numerous affairs, but we the people of San Francisco hold the
firm grip over who we want to lead our great city. The initial
shock of Newsom's betrayal may begin to fade, but our values should
Our sympathies should not be with those who dismissed the risks
of breaking hearts but with those who have become innocent collateral
damage; whose consequences were chosen for them and now must endure
the seed Newsom has sewn.
It's not the mayor's sex life that we should remember or care
about, it's Alex Tourk as an embodiment of those who get hurt
when egos grow taller than City Hall, when base instincts override
Newsom's "lack of judgement", as Newsom Press Secretary
Peter Ragone put it Thursday, is the usual type of obliqueness
we get from the mayor's office.
Inspired by shame Newsom could deliver us an apology from the
heart, not from a "PR for Dummies" playbook.
It's not clear or relevant who handed whom the apple, or if there
were any persuasive snakes involved, but, in return, Newsom may
see himself as morally naked for the first time, and so do we.
The honorable way out of this shady corner is for Newsom to
gracefully depart Eden.