: views from the Hill

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Newshounds and cameras

Walked over to the grand opening of the Gavin Newsom re-election campaign headquarters (1320 Sutter just west of Van Ness) today.

I hate crowded rooms, have I ever mentioned?

And yet there I was (albeit over by the windows so I had a pressing crowd only on one side). That's me in the top picture of the set behind the link. I'm the person in front of the woman in pink. My hair's pulled back. I'd wave but the photo was taken from behind me. My best angle.

Packed. Hundreds. Gavin worked the room before the speechifying and I swear shook hands and had a word or two with almost every soul in the room.

Gavin was preceded on stage by Supervisor Bevan Dufty (carrying his baby), John Burton (former U.S. Representative, former President Pro Tem of the California State Senate and an old family friend of Gavin's who talked him into rehab work) and Mark Leno (Assemblyman, California's 13th Assembly district).

Paul and Christine Pelosi were in the crowd as was Angela Alioto, as were members of Gavin's family, honchos from some of the unions, me, McGee, Alyce and hundreds of others.

Oh, and those newshounds (AP, &c. Channel 2, KCBS. ...)

Lined up on an elevated platform in back, mingling with the crowd, pressing their way to the front of the room.

Going to be a long slog through until election day.

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