San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom picked up nomination paperwork and paid a three-figure filing fee in another step closer to running for the Democratic nomination for Lieutenant Governor.
Newsom has until Friday to collect 65 or more signatures from voters and file for a run.
It is not a popular move among San Francisco's business community and moderates, with the Chamber of Commerce essentially asking him not to run. That's mostly because if he wins, his successor would be chosen by the Board of Supervisors and serve a one-year term through 2011, making the less business-friendly board's pick the incumbent during that year's mayoral election.
But remember, that's if he wins. A poll last month saw the mayor ahead in a possible run ahead of Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, but Newsom has already bailed on one statewide campaign -- his failed race for governor -- after having trouble raising money and connecting with voters outside San Francisco.
As for Newsom? He may be able to count on the endorsement of longtime foil on the Board, Supervisor Chris Daly, who is likely relishing the opportunity to help choose a new mayor in his own last days in office.
Jackson West would like to add that if the Maldonado confirmation finally goes through, even with the nomination a Democrat would have to run against an incumbent.