Andy Cohen’s Bravo clubhouse is a den for booze-fueled reality TV stars who drink from shot glasses glued to a snow ski (called a shotski), play bawdy drinking games and gossip about the network’s growing stable of “Real Housewives.”
In other words, a perfect stage for California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to campaign.
On Tuesday night, the adventurous Democrat appeared on “Watch What Happens Live” with Cohen and “Scandal” actress Bellamy Young to dish on his political ties to Beverly Hills housewife Erika Girardi (her husband, high-profile personal injury attorney Tom Girardi has been an “extraordinarily generous” contributor to Newsom, he said).
“So she is my favorite ‘Real Housewife’” he added, blushing.
Viewers of a certain age may have been reminded of Bill Clinton’s MTV appearance where he was asked if he wears boxers or briefs. This being 2016, Newsom couldn’t expect such tame treatment.
Newsom, a national figure in the same-sex marriage fight, got a question from Cohen: “Have you yourself ever taken a dip in the man pond?”
Newsom appeared surprised. “‘Dip in the man pond?’ Is that the question,” he asked.
“Unbelievable. Unbelievable ... No, but ... my gosh, what a question,” Newsom added, artfully dodging the topic with an impression of a generic politician.
A caller identifying herself as “Jewish Tammy Faye” asked Newsom what he would say if found “trapped” in an elevator with Donald Trump. Newsom said he would ask Trump whether he’s watched the animated video he made about him.
Amid all the fun, Newsom plugged a pair of initiatives he’s working to put on the fall ballot in California, one to legalize recreational marijuana for adults and the other to require background checks for ammunition purchases.
Who would play him in a Lifetime movie, Will Arnett, or Matthew McConaughey? Cohen suggested Bradley Cooper. The ideas flattered Newsom, who couldn’t resist giving the audience a little of his best McConaughey.
“Alright, alright alright,” he said.