Some folks may remember the like-it-or-not line which Newsom said in marrying gay couples as a test of Prop 22 - the anti-gay marriage proposition (which passed). When 22 was voided by the state supreme court, his line was used in the campaign for the second anti-gay marriage proposition - Prop 8 - which passed. Newsom later said he regretted that choice of words.
As lieutenant governor, Newsom has been attending regents meetings fairly regularly. He predictably votes against tuition increases on the premise that UC should get the money from the legislature. But he presents no Plan B on what to do if the legislature doesn't come through. How he will be on UC funding as governor is anyone's guess.
It's going to happen: