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Surprise! Gavin Newsom sworn in by....Kamala Harris

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is sworn in to a second term by Attorney General Kamala Harris on Jan. 5, 2015 at the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is sworn in to a second term by Attorney General Kamala Harris on Jan. 5, 2015 at the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building. The Sacramento Bee

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom began his second term in low-key, yet flashy, fashion with an intimate ceremony Monday at the Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building.

The brief swearing-in included no formal remarks.

But Attorney General Kamala Harris, a purported political rival of Newson’s, administered the oath.

Before Monday, Newsom’s office had declined to say who would administer the oath for his second term. The two Democrats are seen as potential combatants for the Governor’s Office in 2018, but they share a political consultant, Ace Smith.

Harris used the oldest Bible in the California State Library, and Newsom signed a message in the book, as Govs. Gray Davis and George Deukmejian had done previously.

“Mine was shorter than Jerry’s, for the record,” Newsom joked of the inauguration. “I want that in writing.”

Call The Bee’s Alexei Koseff, (916) 321-5236. Follow him on Twitter @akoseff.

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