Amid much outcry and uproar, California Governor Gavin Newsom retained his gubernatorial seat by sweeping the recall elections. The state reportedly voted overwhelmingly against the removal of the Democrat leader from office. The recall election was triggered by a petition led by retired sheriff’s sergeant Orrin Heatlie and his California Patriot Coalition, who managed to collect the required number of signatures for the same.
Following his victory, Newsom tweeted, “Tonight, California voted NO on the recall and YES to…Science. Women’s rights. Immigrant rights. The minimum wage. The environment. Our future. We rejected cynicism and bigotry and chose hope and progress. Thank you, California.” The governor was also congratulated by his wife Jennifer Siebel Newsom, who shared a photo of them kissing along with the caption, “Forever proud of you and your commitment to the people of California, @GavinNewsom.” The first partner of California is a renowned documentary filmmaker, who once supported the Republican Party. However, since her marriage to Newsom in 2008, she has changed her political affiliations to Independent. She also effectively changed the official title of the state governor’s spouse from first lady to first partner.
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Little known to many, Newsom was previously married to Donald Trump Jr’s present girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle. The television star is best recognized as a former advisor to ex-President Trump and a prominent Republican advocate. Newsom and Guilfoyle got married in December 2001 after they fell in love with each other at the University of San Francisco. There was a time when they were one of the most sought-after couples in American politics, being hailed by the media as the ‘New Kennedys’.
However, owing to their polar opposite political outlook, the couple filed for mutual divorce in January 2005. After their divorce in 2006, it came to light that Newsom had an extra-marital affair with his campaign manager Alex Tourk’s wife Ruby Rippey-Tourk.
Who is Jennifer Siebel Newsom?
Gavin Newsom did not re-ignite his relationship with Ruby Rippey post his divorce with Guilfoyle, rather, he started dating filmmaker Jennifer Lynn Siebel around September 2006. A San Francisco native, Jennifer Siebel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford. She also earned an MBA degree and a certificate from the American Conservatory Theater.
In 2002, Siebel tried her luck in building a career in Hollywood as an actress. She even starred in multiple films and TV shows like ‘Life’, ‘Mad Men’, ‘Strong Medicine’ and ‘Numb3rs’. She later ventured into filmmaking and earned immense acclaim with her first documentary ‘Miss Representation’. Released in 2011, the film interweaves the lives and politics of women leaders like Gloria Steinem, Condoleeza Rice, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, and others. She has directed two other films title ‘The Mask You Live In’ and ‘The Great American Lie’.
Once known for dating actor George Clooney, Siebel met Gavin Newsom on a blind date set up by their mutual friend. Sparks flew between the pair at the first meeting and it was not long before that they announced their engagement in January 2008. They got married in July that year in Montana. The happily married couple is currently residing in Fair Oaks, California with their four children.
Barely a few days ago, actor and activist Rose McGowan made a shocking accusation against Jennifer Siebel while endorsing Newsom’s contender Larry Elder. McGowan alleged that Jennifer Siebel tried to persuade her not to go public with her sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein in 2017. “So this woman, I don’t know, some blonde lady name with the last name of the Newsom, cold-calls me, and was like, David Boies wants to know what it would take to make you happy,” McGowan had said. Meanwhile, Jennifer Siebel Newsom’s office described the allegations as a “complete fabrication.”
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