L.A. Times Endorses Gavin Newsom for Lt. Gov -- 'Without Hesitation'

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This Monday morning is ever so much more Mondayish for Janice Hahn.

Mayor Gavin Newsom's Democratic rival in the lieutenant governor's race can now offer a new take on King Lear's bitter lament: How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless hometown newspaper. The Los Angeles Times has given its endorsement -- "without hesitation" -- to Newsom.

That it did so while acidly criticizing Newsom's opportunism and vapidity may hurt even more.

Within the course of a five-paragraph endorsement -- for both Newsom and Republican incumbent Abel Maldonado -- the L.A. Times notes that Newsom "ridiculed the position" of lieutenant governor while he he was running for governor.

It also highlights the mayor's "cockiness," lack of understanding of some of the position's basic tenets, and concludes with this backhanded remark: "Newsom's task, if he prevails on June 8, will be to demonstrate in the coming five-month campaign that he can put his talents to use as lieutenant governor, rather than merely checking his Twitter account regularly for news about the governor's health."

Perhaps another Shakespearian reference would have been more fitting: "A plague o' both your houses."

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