For eight years, Democrat Gavin Newsom bided his time as California’s lieutenant governor, a job with little responsibility and little interest to him. He was so eager to start the next phase of his political life that within three months of winning a second term in 2014 he announced his candidacy for governor.
Now he’s a heavy favorite to defeat Republican John Cox in November and become California’s top elected official. And already questions are coming about what many believe is his ultimate goal: president.
Newsom says he’s not considering that possibility. Yet few believe him, he acknowledges, not even his friends. They’ve seen him as presidential timber since he was a high school student wearing a suit and tie to school.