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California politics

Young man in a hurry

Mar 19th 2009 | SAN FRANCISCO
From The Economist print edition

Gavin Newsom wants to run California. Seriously

FOR the past few years Gavin Newsom has been a stimulus package for the conservative movement. His decision to allow gay marriages in San Francisco’s city hall in 2004 was credited with provoking a big Republican turnout in that year’s presidential race. Last year he unwittingly became the star of TV advertisements in favour of banning gay marriage in California. But not content with running a city loathed by conservatives, Mr Newsom now wishes to take charge of an entire state.

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