However, it is questionable whether Restore Our Values has enough cash to ensure that the attack resonates. It has only $64,935 cash on hand and has raised only $106,005. That’s not much when it costs roughly $2 million to keep an ad on the air for a week in a major California market.
Plus it will be interesting to see if this attack resonates in the #MeToo era, given that voters seemed to have forgiven both men. Newsom was re-elected mayor of San Francisco nine months after news of his 2005 affair with his scheduler, who was the wife of his campaign manager, broke in February 2007. Voters subsequently elected him lieutenant governor twice. Villaraigosa was re-elected easily in 2009, two years after news of his affair broke.