It's often joked that the job of lieutenant governor in California isn't a full-time gig, and that it mainly consists of getting up every morning, making sure the governor has a pulse, and then going back to bed.
Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom may be proving that true, with today's announcement he's going to be the host of a new weekly cable TV program, starting next month.
Current TV, the San Francisco based progressive/liberal network founded by former Vice President Al Gore, announced Wednesday morning that it's hired the 44-year old Newsom to host his own show.
"We are honored that Current TV will be bringing his curiosity, intelligence, insights and enthusiasm to television," says the official statement from Gore.
The "Gavin Newsom Show" promises interviews with Silicon Valley VIPs, Hollywood types, and more. And the network offers a clip of the lieutenant governor's recent appearance on another Current TV show -- one hosted by ex-Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm -- as proof that he has the chops for it.
There doesn't appear to be any precedent for a sitting top state official in California to moonlight in another job, though others have used their political gravitas to host shows while out of office; no one did it more prominently than Governor Jerry Brown when he hosted a radio talk show in between his 1992 presidential quest and his stint as mayor of Oakland.
"As a successful entrepreneur, then in his role as mayor of San Francisco, and now as lieutenant governor, Newsom touches many worlds - business, politics, entertainment and activism," says the statement from Gore.
Newsom, who originally ran for governor in 2010 but changed his mind (when Brown jumped in) and successfully ran for what's often called "lite guv," no doubt has the time to do a weekly show from his hometown. As lieutenant governor, his job pretty much is limited to seats on the UC and CSU governing boards, as the ceremonial president of the state Senate, and as chair of the state's commission on economic development.
So what's the lite guv's take on his new gig? Stay tuned... we're awaiting response from his office.