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Watching Krissy run for Kongress XXVI


October 11, 2006


By h. brown

"If I'd have known I was going to live this long, I wouldn't have made so many enemies."

(Bulldog ponders with Jens)

Yesterday morning's Examiner ran letters from Mike DeNunzio and Sue Vaughan calling on Nancy Pelosi to debate the Republican, Green, and Libertarian candidates for the 8th Congressional District seat.

I called Krissy Keefer with the news.

But, Pelosi won't debate.

And, the League of Women voters will once again help Nancy hide from her opponents. Not so oddly, the head of the league who decided that San Francisco voters didn't want to see a debate featuring all candidates for our local seat ... this woman (Jody Sanford), is the Public Relations officer for the Presidio Trust. Uh huh, same trust that Pelosi founded. You know, the one making the Presidio into an office park? Same Presidio that the fundamentalist Examiner praises Pelosi for "privatizing".

Gravity suspended

As a Republican, DeNunzio works with Green, Keefer and Libertarian, Phil Berg to drag Pelosi into an open debate. You can help now if you're expecting an absentee ballot. If so, take that sucker and fill it out instantly and vote for someone other than Pelosi for U.S. Congress. I'm even going to refrain from asking you to vote for Keefer (although she's the most representative candidate, and I should, if only for the good of you and your children and grandchildren and for America). Take your time filling the sucker out. Department of Elections chief, John Arntz, is a Willie Brown appointee who told the last Green to run against Pelosi (Terry Baum - she got hell of a stage play out of the effort) ... Arntz told Baum that people who wrote her name in weren't really trying to vote for Terry. This year, Arntz sent letters to Keefer and Berg telling them that they owed under a dollar each in filing fees and had til the end of the same day the letter arrived to pay the money by personal check or be tossed off the ballot. This gang doesn't want any opposition at all for this office. Here's why the Pelosi people have seized control of every agency from the League of Women Voters to the local Department of Elections. Pelosi's people are ruthless because, ...

… This 8th District seat is the most important elected position in San Francisco. The SF rep deals with a 3 trillion dollar budget. I mean, shit, can you even wrap your mind around that? Pelosi uses her influence to toss literally billions in contracts to Lennar LLC which hired her nephew Laurence as a Senior V.P. She, in turn, endorses their efforts to grab control of the development of reclaimed bases all over the country (including 4 in the Bay area alone). Her last 'ear mark' of the budget process was to toss 4.8 million bucks into improving the 'infrastructure' of the radioactive dump referred to as 'Hunters Point Ship Yard'. Yeah, any money she brings in free from Uncle Sam is money that Lennar won't have to spend.

All of the Pelosi earmarks for the arts have gone to billionaires or their minions. She brought in 3.5 million last year and gave 2 million of it to a Shorenstein project and the rest to Dede Wilsey.

Pelosi refuses to endorse Gay Marriage

I don't believe there is a more San Francisco issue than Gay Marriage. Yet Nancy Pelosi refuses to make a statement supporting the right of gay Americans to wed. Now, that's a load of crap. Oh, she preaches on and on about opposing legislation that will take away gay rights. She just doesn't want to extend them to a level of equality. This issue alone would cost Pelosi 10's of thousands of votes were the local citizenry to become aware of it. But, with the Chronicle and Examiner backing Pelosi and the League of Women Voters shielding her from an honest debate, most supporters of Gay Marriage don't even realize that Pelosi is against them.

With friends like this ... who needs enemies?

Krissy Keefer has traveled the world performing theatrical works promoting peace, gay rights, an attack upon the sources of global warming, a restoration of funding for the arts ... the list goes on.

Over the past 30 years Keefer has helped to create national, state, and local organizations dedicated to the preservation and extension of rights to the oppressed, be they people of color or the victims of U.S. schemes of regional hegemony from Palestine to Cuba to Venezuela. She and her colleagues have staged over 2,000 productions. She's personally written a couple of hundred of them and choreographed a good percentage of those. The Bay Guardian says she's a "protest vote" at best? Who the hell knows more about making peace than a peace activist for God's sake? Who can dialogue best with Palestinians than someone who actually has sympathy for them?

Krissy's cuties cruise Gonzo and Thomas

And, I watched Chris Daly kick Rob Black's ass at the League of Women Voters debate at the main branch of the public library tonight. It was a good day. Krissy made stops at the Gonzalez & Leigh law firm to serenade the Green barrister and call for him to become more active in her campaign. "We miss you, Matt!" sang the three nubile dancers Keefer dispatched to woo the non-committal Green giant ... who then zoomed up Market to Golden Gate Ave to tear Fog City publisher, Luke Thomas, from his keyboard.

Face it, women can't get enough of Luke's lens.

Photo by Luke Thomas

Jordanna Thigpen looked voluptuous

We're at the Daly debate now. I work these crowds from a distance as much as possible and from above if it's possible. Jordanna had settled into a spot in the back of the theater next to the SFGTV camera with a direct shot at the stage. She was the best looking thing in the house and everyone knew it. Hey, I know that's sexist but if you'd seen the debate, you'd realize that we were all looking for an alternative focus within the first minute. Hey, don't take my word for it. Eileen Left was there and had this to say:

Jordanna Thigpen
Photo by Luke Thomas

Eileen: "They looked like 5 undertakers, a Ruskie hit man and a lost basketball coach."

Photos by Adam Aufdencamp

Dawg: "C'mon, Eileen, you're saying Daly looked like a basketball coach?"

Eileen: "Naw, he was one of the undertakers. (shrugs and fires up a joint while sipping a deeply chilled Chardonnay). Read what Meko said about this group when he covered their last debate. It just isn't like the 2000 group that spawned Chris. Lord, you had two brilliant trannies (one a Stanford professor), an ex-Board president, Marc Salomon, Hank Wilson, Joe Blue ... this group is nothing for Daly to debate."

Dawg: "That said, who'd you like best, other than Daly?"

Eileen: "Easy, dear. (cuts off KFOG and fires up Supertramp's, 'Breakfast in America') ... Matt Drake was pushing tidal power and looks for all the world like he could be John Dean's little brother. That'll get me to write him in number 2 in my ranked choice ballot."

Dawg: "Yeah, it is ranked choice. Somehow I'd forgotten that. OK, you got Daly and Drake, who's your third choice?"

Eileen: "George Diaz. He didn't know shit about local government, but he was so sincere with his ignorance."

Dawg: "You can't ask for much more than that. I mean, to be sincerely ignorant is something I've I've always dreamed of achieving."

Eileen: "It's outta your reach, Dawg."

Dawg: "OK, I watched the debate too and I'll bet I noticed something you didn't notice."

Eileen: (takes a long draw from the joint as she smiles and looks out the window over UN Plaza) "Please enlighten me."

Dawg: (takes the proffered joint and sips a bit of bourbon - stands behind her to look out over the 82 open windows of the Renoir Hotel across the way) "You forgot to mention that
I was one of those 18 people who ran against Daly in 2000. I made every debate. I met
lots of people who are still among my best friends. We debated on Treasure Island and
in the library where tonight's affair took place."

Eileen: "You're chasing rabbits, grandpa ... get to the point."

Dawg: (shrugs and nods) "He's still the youngest one on the stage and we're in a new friggin' century! I was just amazed at how much better he's turned out than I thought. Hell,
I was convinced he was a buffoon run by Bill Barnes and it turned out to be the other way around."

Eileen: (gazes at him in mild surprise and nods) "Uh huh, I do believe you've had a rare moment of insight there. He's not a plodder. Marrying Sarah was the smartest move of his life and young Jack proves that God loves him. This win will give him 4 years to consider his next move. What should that be?"

Dawg: (without a hesitation) "He has to run for mayor next year as part of a Progressive IRV slate. Four years from now when Keefer becomes the first female Vice President, he should run for her seat in Kongress as a Green."

Eileen: (literally slaps her thigh, hugs him and gives him a firm kiss on the forehead, she pours herself another glass of wine and, shaking her head, muses) "You really are a total slave to pussy. It's your best trait. What does Krissy say about her chances?"

Dawg: (rocks head to and fro as he speaks and sips and smokes and speaks) "She says that she could win if she had a hundred grand and 25 people for the last month. (scrunches face in consideration) She sees the whole thing as just another show, but on a much bigger stage. Here, the entire City is her stage and she's been decorating it and preparing it for the final show which will run for the last ... ten days or so of the campaign."

Eileen: (seriously) "She'd make a great campaign manager."

Dawg: (nods firmly) "You hit it right on the head. She's got the instincts. Carries no grudges. Or, she could replace Carrie Schulman."

Eileen: (turns to see if he's serious and exhales pot smoke) "Not in this lifetime, buster. The art world is locked down for the rich and they're not gonna go handing the keys to the vault to a barefoot dancer. You're gonna have to take it from them and that means Krissy as either a candidate or a campaign manager from here on out."

"All the slimeballs were there too."

(Nick Gravenitas describes Monterrey)

He might just as well have been talking about the League debate for D-6 supe. Their president (LWV) has worked for Pelosi for years as a PR front for the Presidio Trust and has continuously shielded Nancy from the unpleasantness of engaging in public debate with her opponents. It is a total degradation of the League twisting it into the puppet of the rich. Turned upon it's head like the A. Philip Randolph Institute which now terrorizes black voters instead of empowering them.

That would be Jody Sanford (head of league) and boy can she run. I desperately wanted a picture of her with me to run with this column. I scouted the area and found Marc Salomon (never one to shy away from controversy) doing shots for Chris Daly.

I told him my plan and he just grinned and nodded. I'd stroll over to where Sanford was standing and wave to him to fire away and, voila ... we'd have our shot.

I gotta see what this shot looks like if it indeed is actually there. I never saw anyone, man, woman or child ... dressed in a business suit, jump sideways faster than Jody Sanford jumped when she realized that she was framed in Marc Salomon's lens, standing next to h. brown. Now Marc and hubbie, George, are just back from an African safari where they filmed real wildlife not too wild about being in a SF album but none of them could have leaped out of frame faster than Jody did.

We'll see if the shot turned out. Just remember the point of the exercise. It is to give you a picture of the woman who says that she did not schedule a debate between candidates for the U.S. 8th California Congressional district because she felt the people of San Francisco wouldn't be interested in seeing Nacy Pelosi debate Republican, Mike DeNunzio, Green, Krissy Keefer and Libertarian, Phil Berg. In short, and I want to be as clear as possible about this. This woman has destroyed the credibility of the SF League of Women Voters by making it an adjunct to the likes of Nancy Pelosi who pays her friggin' salary. Would you believe it? She works for the Presidio Trust that Pelosi created to privatize the Presidio into an office park.

Am I repeating myself?

Over again?

And, yet again?

enuff for now.

h. brown is a 62 year-old keeper of sfbulldog.com, an eclectic site featuring a half dozen City Hall denizens. h is a former sailor, firefighter, teacher, nightclub owner, and a hard-living satirical muckraker. Email h at h@ludd.net.


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