L.A. City Councilwoman Janice Hahn
L.A. City Councilwoman Janice Hahn

In Lt. Gov Race, Janice Hahn Slams Gavin Newsom, Again!

The Los Angeles Times blogged this morning that Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who's running for lieutenant governor, launched a "first salvo" against potential rival San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who's considering a run for the same office.

The video smack down of Newsom by the Hahn campaign is hard-hitting stuff, with Newsom saying that "for the life of me" he "doesn't know" what the lieutenant governor does.

It's kind of a deja vu moment for Newsom -- his comments at a pro-gay marriage rally were later used in an effective political campaign TV ad by anti-gay marriage forces during the Proposition 8 fight -- but it was not the "first salvo."

That came last week from Hahn's campaign manager Michael Trujillo.

Trujillo sent

out an email to Hahn's supporters, writing that Newsom "never wanted to

run for lieutenant

governor of California, until it became something more interesting than

dealing with a $522 million dollar (sic) deficit within his own city. So he did what boy's usually

do, he tried to push the woman out of

the race, out of the way, out of the light."

Yep, Hahn played the

gender card.

Los Angeles newspapers didn't pick up that "first salvo" for some reason, but the San Francisco press were writing about it for much of last week, including Joe Garofoli at the Chronicle.

Garofoli published the entire Trujillo email in his political blog.

Hahn has hired a bunch of political heavies to run her lieutenant governor campaign, including hot shot Garry South, who excels as an attack dog. Until Newsom states his official position on the lieutenant governor race, expect more political roundhouses to come.

Contact Patrick Range McDonald at pmcdonald@laweekly.com.


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