Gavin Newsom Visits University of the Pacific, Part I
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom spent four hours at University of the Pacific on February 12, 2009. Without knowing what I was doing, I ended up sitting next to a reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle at Newsom’s town hall meeting. We chatted a bit about Newsom’s meeting earlier that day with a group of political science students and his prospects for the 2010 gubernatorial election.
Brian Klunk, chair of the political science department at University of the Pacific, said Newsom met with about two dozen students before the campaign event and that the mayor was a hit with the young people. “Some of them were honestly a little starstruck,” Klunk said.
He said Newsom still seems like a bit of a long shot for governor and faces stiff competition from candidates such as Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, who, Klunk said, has more experience and better name recognition. Still, Klunk said he was impressed with Newsom’s campaign presentation.
“He’s very much presenting himself as someone who’s interested in the state’s business,” Klunk said. “The other candidates are a little bit stale. Being a somewhat fresher face probably doesn’t hurt him.”