I have known Gavin Newsom since before he was born and I have watched him become a fine man and a skilled political leader.
As San Francisco Mayor, Newsom has been a champion for marriage equality and innovative new environmental and health care efforts.
But Gavin does not define himself by politics alone. He is also a successful businessman, a loving husband and a proud new father.
Gavin would have been a strong candidate for governor had he won the Democratic Party’s nomination. And he will continue to be an energetic, effective mayor of San Francisco and a powerful voice in the California Democratic Party.
I continue to wish Gavin and his family every happiness. And I remain confident that California Democrats will have a strong nominee for governor in 2010.