OK, to be fair, Gavin Newsom hasn’t been bashful about questioning the role of lieutenant governor, both before and after he became one. (Which of course begs the question of why he would give up being mayor of San Francisco for such a nothing job even if he does believe it better positions him to be governor someday.) But it’s got to be embarrassing when newspapers devote so much effort (this morning’s column by George Skelton in the LA Times being the latest) to making fun of the office. The lede:
You could say that Gov. Jerry Brown treats Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom like a dog. But that wouldn't be accurate.
Brown's Pembroke Welsh corgi gets invited into the governor's office practically every day. Sutter gets lots of petting. He regularly walks with gubernatorial aides in Capitol Park.
Newsom essentially gets locked out.
Photo of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom in his CHP transport by Peter DaSilva/LA Times