Gavin Newsom is the favorite in California’s governor’s race, and if he’s elected his extensive business holdings could present an ethics problem.

In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, people walk up Fillmore Street past the Plumpjack Wine & Sprits store toward the Balboa Cafe in San Francisco, part of the Plumpjack Group collection of wineries, bars, restaurants, hotels and liquors stores. Plumpjack was co-founded and is still partially owned by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the favorite in the California's governor's race. Newsom is adamant he won't sell his interests but otherwise is deferring decisions about how to handle potential conflicts until after the election. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, people walk up Fillmore Street past the Plumpjack Wine & Sprits store toward the Balboa Cafe in San Francisco, part of the Plumpjack Group collection of wineries, bars, restaurants, hotels and liquors stores. Plumpjack was co-founded and is still partially owned by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the favorite in the California’s governor’s race. Newsom is adamant he won’t sell his interests but otherwise is deferring decisions about how to handle potential conflicts until after the election. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

His company, PlumpJack Group, owns wineries, bars, restaurants, hotels and liquor stores that operate in California. Issues involving the hospitality industry often come before the governor.

This Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 photo shows the Plumpjack Wine & Spirits store, in San Francisco, part of the Plumpjack Group collection of wineries, bars, restaurants, hotels and liquors stores. Plumpjack was co-founded and is still partially owned by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the favorite in the California's governor's race. Newsom is adamant he won't sell his interests but otherwise is deferring decisions about how to handle potential conflicts until after the election. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
This Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 photo shows the Plumpjack Wine & Spirits store, in San Francisco, part of the Plumpjack Group collection of wineries, bars, restaurants, hotels and liquors stores. Plumpjack was co-founded and is still partially owned by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the favorite in the California’s governor’s race. Newsom is adamant he won’t sell his interests but otherwise is deferring decisions about how to handle potential conflicts until after the election. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Newsom is adamant he won’t sell his interests but otherwise is deferring decisions about how to handle potential ethics conflicts until after the election.

This Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 photo shows the White Rabbit Bar in San Francisco, part of the Plumpjack Group collection of wineries, bars, restaurants, hotels and liquors stores. Plumpjack was co-founded and is still partially owned by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the favorite in the California's governor's race. Newsom is adamant he won't sell his interests but otherwise is deferring decisions about how to handle potential conflicts until after the election. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
This Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 photo shows the White Rabbit Bar in San Francisco, part of the Plumpjack Group collection of wineries, bars, restaurants, hotels and liquors stores. Plumpjack was co-founded and is still partially owned by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the favorite in the California’s governor’s race. Newsom is adamant he won’t sell his interests but otherwise is deferring decisions about how to handle potential conflicts until after the election. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The potential for blurred lines between business and government service has become especially resonant since President Donald Trump broke with tradition for U.S. presidents and chose not to divest from his extensive holdings.

This photo Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 photo shows the Balboa Cafe in San Francisco, part of the Plumpjack Group collection of wineries, bars, restaurants, hotels and liquors stores. Plumpjack was co-founded and is still partially owned by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the favorite in the California's governor's race. Newsom is adamant he won't sell his interests but otherwise is deferring decisions about how to handle potential conflicts until after the election. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
This photo Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 photo shows the Balboa Cafe in San Francisco, part of the Plumpjack Group collection of wineries, bars, restaurants, hotels and liquors stores. Plumpjack was co-founded and is still partially owned by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, the favorite in the California’s governor’s race. Newsom is adamant he won’t sell his interests but otherwise is deferring decisions about how to handle potential conflicts until after the election. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Republican candidate John Cox also is a millionaire with extensive holdings, but his businesses operate outside California.

Source: The Associated Press

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