Gavin Newsom's Press Dude Is Totally Dope

Here's something else to know about San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, besides the gay marriage advocacy and the hair gel and the preggers, softcore-porn-acting wife and the fameball cousins: His press secretary makes pot jokes.

Nathan Ballard, a former flack for John Kerry and Wes Clark in their failed presidential bids, offered this quip on medical marijuana legislation under consideration in the city:

The mayor will have to hash this out with public health officials. It's the mayor's job to weed out bad legislation. And to be blunt, this sounds pretty bad.

Haha, geddit? We're surprised the San Francisco Chronicle didn't note that Ballard called them at 4:20 p.m.

Newsom is widely expected to run for governor of California next year, so expect more highly entertaining Ballardiana. (Too bad about your bosses' losing streak, man!)

(Photo by Luke Thomas/Fog City Journal)