Optical/IP Networks

Mayor Cooks His Own Goose

4:00 PM -- Poor Gavin Newsom. It wasn't enough that the mayor of San Francisco has seen the proposed Google-EarthLink wireless network blow up in his face; now it seems he's been finding some, ahh, interesting ways to spend his free time as well. (See SF's Muni Mesh Mess.)

Newsom's personal life exploded yesterday when, after months of rumors, he confessed that he'd had an affair with the wife of his campaign manager (and ex-good friend), Alex Tourk. Newsom and Ruby Rippey-Tourk, his former appointments secretary, had apparently had a brief fling last year that included a jaunt up to a wedding in Napa in the mayoral town car.

"Ruby Rippey-Tourk." You couldn't make this stuff up.

Rippey-Tourk left the mayor's staff last spring to seek "drug and alcohol treatment." The divorced Newsom's not-so-private life, meanwhile, continued to set tongues wagging as he was seen in public in the city with a "19-year-old restaurant hostess," as the San Francisco Chronicle delicately put it.

Elected in 2004 and facing no serious challenge for re-election next year, Newsom, 39, was considered a rising Democratic star and a possible successor to Calif. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Now he's got a scandal of Hollywood proportions on his hands, and while the voters of liberal SF might forgive him, his potential career at the state and national level may be cooked.

Kinda makes negotiating with EarthLink over access fees and lamppost rights look like a cakewalk, doesn't it?

— Richard Rippey-Martin, Senior Editor, Unstrung

sfwriter 12/5/2012 | 3:15:23 PM
re: Mayor Cooks His Own Goose re: "...his potential career at the state and national level may be cooked."

Rudy Giuliani's relationship with Judith Nathan while he was still married to Donna Hanover hasn't hurt his chances at a run for President. In fact, Giuliani told the press he was leaving his wife, before he even told Hanover.

What will likely hurt Gavin Newsom on a national level is his support for gay marriage.
meshsecurity 12/5/2012 | 3:15:20 PM
re: Mayor Cooks His Own Goose Hmm...

I think it was the fact that he slept with his best friends wife that will be his demise. People make mistakes all the time...happens. Our society is one of redemption and forgiveness. But, doing it to your buddy or trusted confidant is unforgivable in many folks' eyes. Betrayal of deep trust.


lrmobile_strungup 12/5/2012 | 3:15:19 PM
re: Mayor Cooks His Own Goose You'll find that people are more forgiving than we give them credit for. He's done well in S.F. and people like him. This will blow over as if nothing happened.
lrmobile_millomar 12/5/2012 | 3:15:18 PM
re: Mayor Cooks His Own Goose And the relevance of this to anything wireless is?
meshsecurity 12/5/2012 | 3:15:16 PM
re: Mayor Cooks His Own Goose Nope. Just FUD trying to discredit someone that is on the opposite side of an issue. Happens when all other seemingly valid arguments are exhausted.

lrmobile_millomar 12/5/2012 | 3:15:12 PM
re: Mayor Cooks His Own Goose Now that makes sense. :)
somedumbPM 12/5/2012 | 3:15:10 PM
re: Mayor Cooks His Own Goose There are enough valid arguments from the numbers of test equipment which are vastly different than the marketing numbers and those in the lab.

The driving force behind these projects are politicians that believe the hype and feel the pressure to announce something as to not look as if they are not keeping up with the Jones's.

From the combined reality/engineering/financial standpoint, the projects are not feasible - Although I wish this were not the case.
RBMartin 12/5/2012 | 3:14:52 PM
re: Mayor Cooks His Own Goose I tend to agree -- but Portland seems to provide a counter-example (see my story << Rollin' on the River
Portland muni wireless buildout has gone smoothly, for a change >> this morning).

Do you think they're just fooling themselves in the Emerald City?
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