In the midst of a press gaggle yesterday, Gavin Newsom engaged in a somewhat cheeky discussion with reporters, who tried to repeatedly pin him down on the timing of his abdication of the mayor’s seat and other succession issues. An excerpt:
Newsom: In San Francisco today, extraordinarily irrelevant news.
Reporter 1: Why are you looking at me when you say that?
Newsom: I didn’t look at you! You’re always so sensitive.
Reporter 1: Uh-huh.
Reporter 2: Now that you have a better idea of the shape of the new Board of Supervisors, have you given any new thought to whether you’re going to delay your-
Newsom: No. I have nothing. I told you, next time you ask me, I’m gonna say nothing. So I’ve just said that.
Reporter 2: I have never asked you this question.
Newsom: Uhh! Well…No…
Reporter 3: So what are you going to do?
Newsom: I have no idea. I’m a concerned citizen and people should have a voice in terms of who their next mayor is.
Reporter 4: When do you plan to leave the mayor’s office?
Newsom: It’s to be determined.
Reporter 5: What’s going to make up your mind, and on what basis…
Newsom: I mean, we have literally, gosh have we gone through this 10 times. I feel like it’s deja vu but it’s sunnier today…
Listen to the whole encounter: [audio:http://ww2.kqed.org/news/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2010/11/Newsom.mp3]