Getting Rich in San Francisco Politics: The Cost of Gavin Newsom's Affair

Alex Tourk, the cuckolded former deputy chief of staff to Mayor Gavin Newsom, has emerged as the highest paid political consultant in San Francisco so far this year -- with all the money coming from Newsom’s campaign for mayor.

Is this how one repays a friend and employee for having sex with his wife?

Tourk quit his job at the end of January as manager of Newsom’s re-election campaign, upon learning that his boss was having an affair with his wife Ruby Rippey-Tourk.

According to just-released campaign finance filings, Tourk earned $30,000 between December and February from Gavin Newsom for Mayor, for “campaign management and fundraising.”

Tourk moved from his job as deputy chief of staff to become Newsom’s campaign manager last September, more than a year after press accounts say an affair between Newsom and Ruby Rippey-Tourk ended.

Second place in the 2007 race to get rich of San Francisco politics is former John Kerry fundraiser Jeff Anderson, who’s been paid $18,750 by the Newsom for Mayor campaign, and longtime Newsom advisor Erik Jaye, who collected $16,511 from the Newsom campaign between Dec. 1 and Feb. 28, out of $41,511 owed him for “campaign consulting and media work” during that time. --Matt Smith

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