Clinton's endorsement of Newsom for mayor of San Francisco was widely credited for helping the current mayor eke out a win over a Green Party challenger.
And once Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was out of the gubernatorial picture, the endorsement was arranged by power fundraiser Yashar Hedayat, according to sources cited by
It probably helped that Clinton and Attorney General Jerry Brown, Newsom's likely gubernatorial primary opponent, are not exactly friends.
Brown ran against Clinton for the presidential nomination in 1992, but even before then accused him of being a corporate tool.
And that lack of feeling continues, as it was pointed out by the Brown campaign that Clinton's endorsement wasn't enough to secure a nomination for Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe.
Jackson West figures if Newsom had secured an Obama endorsement, that might mean something.