Are California politics static? Ha! Just watch this.
Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom is expected to breeze into his state’s general election en route to likely re-election, having survived a recall election just last year.
How much have politics changed for Newsom — and the nation — during the past 18 years?
This time capsule of a TV interview from 2004 provides a compelling answer.
It features Newsom with then-wife Kimberly Guilfoyle — yes, that Kimberly Guilfoyle — talking about their marriage and political views on Charlie Rose’s interview program.
Yes, that Charlie Rose.
Asked to describe his then-wife’s politics, the decidedly liberal Newsom said of Guilfoyle that “she’s probably a little more conservative than I am” and is “tough, she’s tenacious, but she’s fair, and she has remarkable compassion.”
Guilfoyle, for her part, expressed her admiration for California’s municipal bastion of liberalism — “I love San Francisco,” she said — and made a few comments that might seem out of place for someone who today is a Donald Trump acolyte.
“Discrimination is never all right, under any circumstance,” Guilfoyle declared during the interview.
The Charlie Rose interview tackles a variety of hot topics from the day, including the death penalty and same-sex marriage. Then-San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris also gets name-dropped more than once during the conversation.
— Dave Levinthal