Had #MeToo been around then, #GavinNewsom might not be around now

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A sex criminal who got away?

The New York Times writer Jesse McKinley filed his story in February 2007.

In a fast-unfolding scandal with all the sex and betrayal of a tawdry novel, Mayor Gavin Newsom admitted that he had an affair with his campaign manager’s wife.

Mr. Newsom said he had a short-term sexual relationship with Ruby Rippey-Tourk, the wife of Alex Tourk, who was running his re-election campaign.

The affair, first reported by The San Francisco Chronicle, apparently took place in late 2005 while Ms. Rippey-Tourk, 34, worked as Mr. Newsom’s appointments secretary.

She was his employee.

“Everything you’ve heard and read is true,” Mr. Newsom, a Democrat, told reporters who crammed into his office for a news conference. “And I am deeply sorry about that.”

Mr. Tourk, Mr. Newsom’s former deputy chief of staff and a close friend, resigned.

A powerful elected official, and his employee. It has all the trappings of the sex crimes the #MeToo movement has exposed most recently.

It’s unfortunate that Ms. Rippey-Tourk didn’t have the support women have now to stand up to sexual predators.

Who know, things might have turned out differently for Mr. Newsom.


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