Former California finance official blasts 'rumor' of affair involving Governor Gavin Newsom and staffer

Ed Walsh

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The former California Department of Finance chief deputy director for budget Dana Williamson is blasting media reports about an affair between Governor Gavin Newsom and a staffer.

Wrote Williamson in a Tweet Thursday, "Ok. I'll go. There's a RUMOR that the Gov is having an affair with a staffer. There's zero evidence...No pending expose. It's BS & we need to call it out for what it is: Trumpian recall supporters weaponizing a young woman for their own political self-interest. It needs to stop."

Williamson currently heads her own public relations firm, Grace Public Affairs.

So far Newsom’s office is not responding to the story by at least two media outlets that allege that Newsom is having an affair with one of his close staffers. The Sun reported Thursday, "Will the “worst-kept secret in Sacramento” blow into public view? It’s hard to say. The secret? That Gov. Gavin Newsom was engaged in multiple alleged extra-marital affairs over the course of 2020, a time where many of his orders shuttered nearly all personal and economic activity across the nation’s largest state.

"Sources on K Street and within the Capitol complex peppered The Sun with corroborating rumors of infidelity by Newsom during the pandemic year."

Hews Media Group- Cerritos News reported earlier that high-ranking staffers are aware of the romantic relationship and are ready to “jump ship.” Newsom is married to actress and documentary filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom and the couple have four children.

Last week Newsom made major changes to his communications staff and expanded Deputy Chief of Staff Lindsey Cobia’s role to “help guide communications” Politico reported.

Newsom is facing a recall campaign that is being fueled by critics if his strict lockdown policy that many say has done more harm than good and is not backed by science. Newsom apologized for having dinner at the exclusive French Laundry restaurant with a group of friends in violation of his own directives.

Newsom also apologized for an affair he had while mayor of San Francisco in 2007 with Ruby Rippey Gibney, a Newsom mayoral staffer and the wife of Newsom’s close friend and campaign manager Alex Tourk.

In 2018 Rippey Gibney wrote in a Facebook post: To be clear: I fully support the #metoo movement. In this particular instance, however, I am doubtful that it applies. Yes, I was a subordinate, but I was also a free-thinking, 33-yr old adult married woman & mother. (I also happened to have an unfortunate inclination towards drinking-to-excess & self-destruction.)"

Newsom’s office did not immediately respond to NewsBreak’s request for comment.

The story drew the attention Thursday of talk show hosts Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty who host the popular nationally syndicated Armstrong and Getty show. The California-based program has long been critical of Newsom’s administration and the governor's handling of the pandemic. Armstrong said he didn’t care whether Newsom was having an affair.

“I don't think it should be a political story,” said Armstrong. “That's the same thing with the Governor Cuomo thing. Oh, so he kissed a woman on the lips, and said, man, I'd like to have sex with you as to some woman. That's the story now. Now he's going to be run out of the governorship, perhaps, not because he hid evidence that he killed old people. Gavin Newsom You made a billion dollar deal for masks that was a rip off of the taxpayer. Maybe you got to kick back, man, that's okay.”

The Sun reported that the Los Angeles Times is preparing an "expose" on the governor but no word on whether the story will go into allegations over the affair.

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