Mayor Newsom has a New Crush

SF mayor defends Miss California again

It seems Mayor Gavin Newsom has developed a little crush in his run for governor.

It's not his fault really. I mean who can blame him. The new apple of his eye has the same propensity to cause a stir with her loose tongue and pose for shocking photos as Newsom. And really it's not his fault. He can't control what people ask him.

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As much as Newsom tries to get away from her, the name of Miss California, who upset people when she spoke out against same-sex marriage, keeps popping up.

Perhaps he should not have defended the controversial beauty queen Carrie Prejean in late April when the mayor said, "I want to challenge her on her point of view, but she spoke her conscience, I think she's being a little unfairly maligned."

On Monday, Newsom was in Washington D.C. to drum up support for his gubernatorial run. He appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe show. And amidst talking about why he is the best man to run California, the tabloid reporters at MSNBC had to ask about his latest crush.

But this time the mayor brought it on himself, at least a little. You see the mayor has a bit of a cult following on Twitter that sometimes gets him in trouble, or at least made fun of. About 300,000 people have membership to his virtual world. On Sunday, the mayor tweeted to his faithful and asked who the next guest of his radio show should be. Guess what name the empire tweeted back? Hint: some not so Disney pictures of her surfaced this week on the Internets.

"Please keep ideas coming -Miss California (as topical as her story is)-- can't be the top choice?!" He tweeted.

So the MSNBC folks naturally asked whether he would have Miss California on his show and go toe to toe with her about her views on same-sex marriage.

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"I have about 300,000 Twitter friends out there and this was by far and away the number one choice, Miss California because she's obviously stepped into the same-sex marriage debate," he said. "While I disagree with her I obviously respect her right to extend her opinion."

That's not a clear answer on whether he would actually have her on his show. But the Prop. 8 opponent did say he would welcome an endorsement from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who said last week he may endorse a Democrat for governor.

"I am someone, whether you support me or not, that is identifiable with some controversial issues because I am willing to take risks," he said. We guess he could say the same thing about about Miss California.

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