SF Mayor Newsom ends run for Calif. governor

October 30, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who propelled the debate over gay marriage but struggled to find a popular message outside the San Francisco Bay area, has dropped his bid for California governor. A statement issued Friday by his campaign said he was unable to devote the time needed to run an effective campaign, citing "a young family and responsibilities at City Hall."

He said he regretted being unable to continue but said the decision was in the best interests of his wife, young daughter and the city.

His announcement was not a surprise to those following the Democratic campaign. Newsom was unable to find the same popularity throughout California that he enjoys in his home city.

He trailed Attorney General Jerry Brown badly in fundraising, even though Brown has not officially announced his candidacy.

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*** STATEMENT ***

It is with great regret I announce today that I am withdrawing from the race for governor of California. With a young family and responsibilities at city hall, I have found it impossible to commit the time required to complete this effort the way it needs to ? and should be ? done.

This is not an easy decision. But it is one made with the best intentions for my wife, my daughter, the residents of the city and county of San Francisco, and California Democrats.

When I embarked on this campaign in April, my goal was to engage thousands and thousands of Californians dedicated to reforming our broken system and bringing change to Sacramento.

I would like to thank those supporters, volunteers, and donors who have worked so hard on my behalf. I have been humbled by their support and am indebted to their efforts. They represent the spirit of change and determination essential to putting California back on the right track.

I will continue to fight for change and the causes and issues for which I care deeply ? universal health care, a cleaner environment, and a green economy for our families, better education for our children, and, of course, equal rights under the law for all citizens.

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