Willie Brown expecting child with aide

The Associated Press
Saturday January 20, 2001

SAN FRANCISCO — Mayor Willie Brown says he’s going to be a dad again. 

Carolyn Carpeneti, the mayor’s chief-fundraising coordinator, is pregnant with Brown’s child, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday. The baby girl is due in late April or early May. 

Brown, 66, is known to enjoy going out on the town with female friends. He has been separated from his wife, Blanche, for 20 years, and said he does not plan to divorce or get remarried.  

He has three grown children and two grandchildren. 

“This was something certainly not planned, and to be honest, it’s something that I never in my life expected to happen at (this) age,” Brown told the Chronicle. 

“She asked how it would affect my career, and I told her that wasn’t an issue,” said Brown, who is supportive of her decision. “That’s what ’choice’ is all about – the mother’s choice.” 

Brown said he wants to protect the privacy of Carpeneti, a 38-year-old divorced mother. 

“There’s nothing unseemly about this at all,” Brown said. “She’s a great friend.” 


Brown’s re-election committee paid Carpeneti $380,000 for fund-raising in the mayoral race. The two also have gone on trips together to Paris and to the Academy Awards.