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Gavin Newsom, lieutenant governor of California, is pitching a new book. Photo by CBS News.

“Government should be as smart as Google,” Gavin Newsom said Friday at a party to celebrate the release of his book “Citizenville: How to Take the Town Square Digital and Reinvent Government.”

The fete brought the Democratic lieutenant governor of California and former mayor of San Francisco to Washington to dispense some advice.

Newsom urged all freshmen members of Congress to get Twitter accounts — and tweet more than just their schedules and press releases.

“It has to be a two-way conversation,” he said. “Otherwise, don’t even engage.”

In the book, Newsom argues that Washington should embrace the digital revolution to better engage a disgruntled citizenry. For research, he talked to tech pioneers such as Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, and Evan Williams, co-founder and former chief executive officer of Twitter.

Newsom said his own staff was “petrified” when he opened his Twitter account (@GavinNewsom). Today the one-time host of a show on Current TV has more than 1,253,000 followers.

Politicians “have to meet people where they are,” he said.

Newsom, 45, has “a particular bias” toward running for governor — and “every expectation” that California Gov. Jerry Brown will seek reelection. For now, he’s determined to push through an economic development plan for his state.

Later this month, he’ll walk the red carpet at the Academy Awards with his wife, Jennifer Siebel, director of the 2011 documentary “Miss Representation,” about the lack of positive images of women in the media.

Tammy Haddad hosted the book party at the Jefferson Hotel. Guests included former Rep. Ellen Tauscher, Democrat of California and “Meet the Press” executive producer Betsy Fischer Martin. Newsom was scheduled to appear on the show on Sunday.

Stephanie Green writes for Bloomberg Muse — @stephlgreen @bloombergmuse

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