California Governor Gavin Newsom showed up at a homeless encampment in San Francisco’s Mission last week, staging a photo op intended to deter widespread dissatisfaction with the crisis of homelessness in the state.
As part of the photo op, Newsom briefly picked up a push broom, sweeping the dirt and rubbish surrounding the tent encampment. Newsom is facing the prospect of a gubernatorial recall in September, in which Republican contender Larry Elder is running closely behind the incumbent Democrat in the polls.
Kelly Cutler, a San Francisco organizer working with the homeless, pointed to Newsom’s stunt as a campaign photo op. “It’s a dog and pony show… They may have