Mayor Gavin Newsom said he is leaving politics in a recent interview, though that is something he has said before and then recanted.
In an interview with a New York Times columnist, the 42-year-old mayor and former rising star in the Democratic Party said “This is it. God bless. It was fun while it lasted.”
After two terms as mayor of San Francisco, overcoming scandals that involved drinking and an affair, and a failed run at governor of California, Newsom has been vague about what is next as far as politics are concerned.
In November, a spokesman for his office told a national newspaper that the mayor was mulling returning to the wine industry. Newsom later recanted that, saying that while he was considering a return to the business he founded, he was planning to remain in public service.
UPDATE: The Mayor's Office contacted The Examiner to further explain Newsom's comments to the New York Times columnist.
"The mayor was speaking tongue-in-cheek, as he has many times before, on this topic," Newsom spokesman Tony Winnicker said. "His point is that he isn't dependent on politics. He stands on principal and for what he thinks is right regardless of whether there's another election around the corner. Make no mistake. Mayor Newsom intends to remain actively involved in public service."