Will Gavin or Won't He? Lt. Gov Speculation Builds.

After Melissa Griffin reported that Mayor Gavin Newsom may announce a run for lieutenant governor as early as today, we noted that the political timing sure was right. Tomorrow is the deadline for candidates for statewide office to submit a statement to the voter pamphlet.

Now, other media outlets have joined the fray. KTVU-TV even dropped by Newsom's home in the Haight last night. And, no, they didn't get any definitive answers (or catch on film the miscreant who befouled the mayor's steps).

Finally, you may recall Newsom bowing out of the governor's race on the eve of Halloween. As he put it back then, "With a young family and responsibilities at city hall, I have found it impossible to commit the time required to complete this effort the way it needs to -- and should be -- done."

We'll find out soon enough whether Newsom will once again set his sights on Sacramento. If so, his family must have matured quite a bit since Oct. 31. And his "responsibilities at City Hall" ... yeah.
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