The woman gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom had an affair with when he was mayor of San Francisco spoke out about their relationship on Wednesday after questions about the liaison emerged in the governor’s race.
Ruby Rippey Gibney told the Los Angeles Times that although their relationship destroyed her home life, it probably shouldn’t be part of the discussion about sexual misconduct surrounding the #MeToo movement.
“I fully support the #metoo movement. In this particular instance, however, I am doubtful that it applies,” Rippey Gibney wrote on her Facebook page. “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.)”
Basically, this statement is intended to give Gavin Newsom a pass for his sex crimes. It just goes to show readers how low some candidates will stoop to get elected. This comment isn’t “free thinking”, it’s fear based. Fear of political retribution.
Newsom and Rippey Gibney had an affair when she worked as the then-mayor’s appointments secretary. At the time, she was married to the Democrat’s campaign manager and friend, Alex Tourk.
The affair came to light in 2007. The controversy rocked San Francisco politics, but has largely gone unmentioned in the 2018 governor’s race.
On Monday, Newsom was asked about his relationship with Rippey Gibney during an onstage interview sponsored by Politico and the University of San Francisco.
“I acknowledged it. I apologized for it. I learned an enormous amount from it,” Newsom said during the event. “We were very open and honest about it.”
At campaign events and debates over the last two months, Newsom also railed against “toxic masculinity,” blaming it for the flurry of sexual harassment allegations disclosed in Sacramento, Washington and Hollywood.
The bottom line: Newsom committed a #HarveyWeinstein and should be held accountable. He is a sexual predator who should not be in public office.