Newsom dodges heavy questions at morning event

If nothing else, the mayor is brushing up on his avoidance skills these days.

Mayor Gavin Newsom, who’s been steering clear of press events since he announced his withdrawal from the governor’s race two weeks ago, was spotted at the Golden Gate Yacht Club greeting two athletes who had just completed a cross-Pacific journey in a rowboat.

Newsom repeatedly shunned reporters’ questions about the governor’s race, as well as about his experience with new parenthood. Ever the policy man, he did however indulge questions about negotiations between hotels and their employees and about city environmental programs.
 
When reporters refused to give up their quest for comment on the juicier issues, he repeatedly rebuffed them by changed the subject.

“Can you say when you will be willing to talk to reporters about this?” asked one particularly perseverant reporter from KTVU, following him as he briskly strode to his waiting black hybrid Chevy Tahoe.

“Thanks very much, I appreciate you guys coming out. It’s really a remarkable thing they’ve done,” he said over the reporter’s questions, referring to the men who’d just rowed to San Francisco from Japan.

“Will you ever give a speech to address your supporters about your decision not to run for governor?” she asked again, undeterred.

“I think this is an amazing day. These guys did an incredible job, to spend this kind of time and energy and perseverance to come out here. It’s pretty inspiring,” he continued.

“Can you talk a little bit about fatherhood? You getting much sleep?” another reporter asked.

“Thanks guys,” he said with a smile, before stepping into the back seat of his SUV and closing the door, the tinted windows obscuring any further discussion.

The mayor has been showing up sporadically around The City at events, but none of his appearances have been previewed on his daily schedule.

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