With a successful primary race behind him, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has a lot to be happy about: it looks like he'll be keeping his job (the one he says should be abolished!), he has three beautiful kids, and his wife's (probably) stopped commenting on SFist. The former San Francisco mayor recently spent a little time bending CW Nevius' ear, during which he said many wonderfully weird things. Here are some of the best.
Jerry Brown relaxed at the Russian River the week before the June 3 election.
"You are making that up."
Jerry Brown's probably going to serve an unprecedented four terms as CA governor.
"It's surreal, incredible. He's unique among the unique. He's a political mastermind, and I don't use that word lightly. We're playing checkers and he's playing chess."
Gavin marches into Brown's office with some demands, Brown basically tells him to step off.
Ken James/Bloomberg via Getty Images (Jan. 24, 2013)
"As Willie Brown reminded me in a (Chronicle) column, Jerry's the governor, you're not. I called Willie and I said, 'Thank you. I needed to read that.'"
Gavin Newsom goes to four-year-old daughter Montana's dance recital. It got rough.
Gavin Newsom and Charlotte Shultz. Photo by Chris Stewart-Pool/Getty Images (November 7, 2005)
"Last weekend I was at (Montana's) ballet recital. I was so nervous. I had the camera out. I think I jumped over someone's kid. I was like: Sorry, I didn't know she was coming up next."
Flashback to the appointment ceremony where then-Mayor Willie Brown decided, on the fly, not to appoint a 29-year-old Newsom to the Film Commission (as he'd expected) and instead made him chairman of the Parking and Traffic Commission.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images (November 4, 2003)
"I had no idea, no heads-up. Literally, I'm like: I'm the chair of what?"
So you went from Parking and Traffic to an appointment as SF Supe to Mayor in less than a decade. What was that like, Gavin?
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images (June 16, 2009)
"It was a baptism by fire. Everything was a fire hose."
Something maybe about how he had a hard time letting go of being mayor even once he became Lt. Gov? I'm not sure.
Ed Lee, and French President Francois Hollande, there's Gavin back and to the left. Photo: Ramin Talaie/Getty Images (February 12, 2014)
"And then you realize I can't call Ed Lee every day and talk about Octavia Boulevard. He is not interested in getting that call."
Being a parent makes Gavin VERY emotional.
Gavin Newsom, wife Jennifer Siebel and daughter Montana. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images (October 27, 2010)
"It's just the richness, the fullness, the joy, the stress, the empathy. I mean I watch TV commercials and I start crying. John Boehner has nothing on me. It's the greatest thing times infinity."
Gavin's apparently teaching his two-year old son, Hunter, to play baseball. It's not going well.
Barry Bonds and Gavin Newsom. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images (August 24, 2007)
"I'm on my third T-ball set because I couldn't believe the fault was the coach. Either the bat was too big or the set was too tall. Of course, now I am blaming the coach, which is me."
Gavin's glorious mop is going grey! What's he going to do?
This is the actual caption from Getty images, SO GOOD: "San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom (R) fixes his hair during a news conference May 25, 2010 in San Francisco, California." Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
"You know, I walked by that Just for Men display in Walgreens the other day. I have walked by it before, but this time I stopped and thought about it."
All quotes: Gavin Newsom learning political lessons from Gov. Jerry Brown, June 5 2014, SF ChronicleJerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, and Bill Clinton, Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images (October 15, 2010)