Feinstein prods Newsom to reveal details about his upcoming nuptials

Under intense scrutiny from a U.S. senator, Mayor Gavin Newsom said he had not set a date for his wedding, but party planners indicate that it will be a summer affair.

At a news conference Thursday announcing $82 million in federal funds to clean up portions of the Hunters Point Shipyard — including the 25 acres for a potential new stadium — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., grilled the newly engaged mayor about the big day.

“I think what both Nancy [Pelosi] and I know about this arena is it’s very hard to do it over a substantial period of time alone,” Feinstein said as Newsom smiled and began to turn red.

Newsom, 40, asked his girlfriend, 33-year-old actress Jennifer Siebel, to marry him last weekend as the two vacationed with her family on the big island of Hawaii.

Newsom began his tenure as mayor married to Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former assistant district attorney with The City, but her career took her to New York City as a television legal analyst. The stress of a bicoastal marriage led them to file for divorce in 2006.

But it was all smiles Thursday as Feinstein, a former mayor of The City herself, continued to lay it on thick for Newsom.

Feinstein, who has been married for 29 years, said her home was the one place “that I know I’m not going to be criticized,” she said.

But before she surrendered the floor, she had one question for the mayor as the room descendedinto laughter: “When is the big day?”

Newsom, laughing and completely red at this point, could only muster a “not yet” as Feinstein pressed for a specific date.

However, party designer Stanlee Gatti, a good friend of The City’s first couple who is working to plan the pending nuptials, said they wanted a summer wedding.

dsmith@examiner.com

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