Will Gavin Newsom Spoil Janice Hahn's Lt. Gov Bid?

For weeks, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn has been campaigning for California lieutenant governor as if she's a front-runner, sending out press releases day after day, touting new endorsements she has captured, and boasting about all of the money she has raised.

S.F. Mayor Gavin Newsom works the crowd at L.A. Gay Pride Parade in June, 2009.
S.F. Mayor Gavin Newsom works the crowd at L.A. Gay Pride Parade in June, 2009.
Patrick Range McDonald

Today, though, things have officially gotten weird for the Los Angeles politico.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has just confirmed that he will file a ballot statement tomorrow, according to the San Francisco Examiner, strongly indicating he may hop into the lieutenant governor's race.

Rumors had been flying for the past week or so that Newsom may run, but filling out initial paperwork that will allow him to be a candidate takes those rumors to a whole new level.

Several polls have shown that Newsom, who dropped out of the governor's race last year, would be the front-runner if he ran for lieutenant governor.

This is not good news for Hahn.

Hahn may soon find herself in a knock down political fight, something she hasn't fought in years -- Hahn was first elected to the L.A. City Council in 2001, then went through two, breezy re-elections in 2005 and 2009.

Hahn will better understand where things stand by March 12, which is the deadline for Newsom to declare his candidacy.

Contact Patrick Range McDonald at pmcdonald@laweekly.com.

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