For most couples, it would be no big deal that the wife’s taste in political candidates differs from that of her husband.
But that’s not so much the case when your spouse happens to be Gavin Newsom, the Democratic lieutenant governor of California.
Says the mom of two, “I’m sure the party’s not happy with me. I feel very strongly that it’s about the person. And there are some women who are fresh on the scene who I think are remarkable and who need to be given a fair chance, and I want people to know about them.”
She adds, “I am not someone that is going to sort of just be shut up when it comes to — that’s the not right way to say it, because that’s not my husband — but I mean, I’m not going to kowtow to a power structure at the end of the day.”
But the business-school grad and former actress (she has appeared in AMC’s “Mad Men” and the movie version of “Rent”) admits that the move might have caused a bit of very temporary marital strife.
“I asked my husband and he said, ‘Jen, it doesn’t bode well for me, but I’m not going to tell you you can’t do that.’ And that’s kind of what it came down to.”
Jennifer Newsom says the different endorsements were also a matter of timing. Gavin Newsom, the 42-year-old ex-mayor of San Francisco, had already made the push for Huffman months before Lawson threw her hat in the House race.
Jennifer, 37, was in Washington last week for a dinner hosted by Impact
Arts + Film Fund’s Kimball Stroud and Michael Kosmides at K Street hotspot Teatro Goldoni to recognize and discuss the flick she wrote, directed and produced, “Miss Representation.”
The movie, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year, is about the media’s portrayal of females, and how, it argues, that leads to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power.
The first-time filmmaker says she was excited to bring her film to the nation’s capital: “There’s so much opportunity here to effect change … Any politician that has kids has to see the film and has to take a stand and do something about it. That’s a priority for me.”
Another priority is getting her candidate into the lower chamber — even if her husband of four years is rooting for someone else. The political spouse contends that this difference of opinion is a rare exception. Calling him an “incredible” man, Jennifer Newsom says, “We see eye to eye in so many ways.”