Newsom Rallies Troops After Progressive Democrat Snub

By Matt Baume
|  Friday, Aug 13, 2010  |  Updated 1:45 PM PDT
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Sometimes, it ain't easy being Gavin Newsom.

This week the Democratic County Central Committee, an advisory group comprised of local hotshot politicos, issued a stinging rebuke of several Newsom-backed initiatives.

One of the big wedge issues is a proposed sit-lie law, which would make it easier for police to chase loiterers off of sidewalks. The legislation, backed by wealthy Pacific-Heighters, is targeted at reducing the number of homeless tourists who beg for cash and commit crime in The Haight.

Progressive politicians dominate the DCCC these days, and have strongly opposed sit-lie.

But Newsom won't let the DCCC's opposition stand, and he's not taking it lying-down. Immediately following the vote, he sat down with powerful business interests to strategize on sit-lie and other initiatives, such as police foot patrols (Newsom's opposed) and hiking hotel taxes (he's against that, too).

Meanwhile, the DCCC's keeping busy. Members reaffirmed support for judicial candidate Michael Nava, sparred over endorsing a candidate for SOMA and Castro supervisors, and endorsed vehicle registration fees. DCCC endorsements are thought to carry a lot of weight with voters, so the organization's actions could exert a heavy influence in November.

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