Newsom officially enters governor's race -- and Twitters the announcement

May 2008
Southern USA
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom made official Tuesday what Californians who have watched him traverse the state for months already suspected -- he is running for governor in 2010.

As might be expected for a campaign that has tried to maximize its presence on social networking websites, Newsom made the announcement electronically: "Today, I am announcing, via Tweet, my candidacy for governor," the Democrat's website declared.

"It's official -- running for Gov of CA. Wanted you to be the first to know. Need your help," he said on his Twitter feed, the real-time microblog that limits missives to 140 characters.

The San Francisco mayor's entrance into the race came as the only other official Democratic candidate, Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, prepared to switch to a race for Congress. According to sources close to him, Garamendi is expected to announce shortly that he will seek the seat to be vacated by Rep. Ellen O. Tauscher (D-Alamo) after she takes a State Department post later this year. His race for governor has been crippled by fundraising difficulties.

Newsom is seeking the governorship by overtly adopting the generational and technology-savvy approach that marked Barack Obama's successful presidential campaign. The 41-year-old mayor was none too subtle in an announcement video that appeared on his website.

Newsom officially enters governor's race -- and Twitters the announcement - Los Angeles Times


Could get interesting in Cali!!