With h brown
San Francisco mayoral candidate, h. "Court Jester" Brown.
Friday Mayoral Debate takes shape
Newsom and Rinaldi fail to RSVP
August 15, 2007
This is a good idea. Not my idea, but a good idea (Josh's, actually
- 'Candidates Collaborative' is from Diamond Dave). Someone said
they should even put the idea before the voters and make this
a part of the charter. That would make it mandatory that candidates
for mayor of San Francisco agree to debate every Friday evening
in the town square (Civic Center) for each of the 12 weeks preceding
any mayoral election.
That makes sense because of what has happened with the voter-approved
'Question Time' which the present mayor (Gavin Newsom) has refused
to honor because it is not mandatory. In fact, it looks like he'll
be going back on his promise last Friday to debate all of his
challengers "any place, anytime" as he nor his office
(Hello out there to Eric Jaye and Mike Farrah who have refused
to return calls since last Saturday)
they won't confirm
or deny that the Mayor will attend.
Asked them for a sound system too. No answer. Hey, they refuse
to provide one, we can do that. Virtually every candidate has
access to portable sound equipment. Point is, we'll be there this
Friday at 5pm and we want you to join us. What are they gonna
do, arrest us for running for Mayor?
"I thought it was quicksand. It was much worse."
I was first active in an election in 1952. The Syrian Mafia
down the street (my best friend's dad was a soldier) was pushing
Adlai Stevenson and as an 8 year-old, I took bumper stickers and
put them on the back of every Cadillac I could find.
We lost. I've tried to influence public policy in every imaginable
legal way since then. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.
You're only responsibility is to try. This year's mayoral race
in San Francisco is no different. I was the third person to complete
all of the paperwork and pay the entry fee to run. I did this
because every promise by every major potential Progressive candidate
had proven to be a bald-faced lie (if I'm not telling the truth
than why aren't Gonzalez and Mirkarimi and Daly on the ballot?)
and, by a fluke, I had the money and, as an American and
a San Franciscan, I am disgusted with the way that Gavin Newsom
and his Republican overlords (think Hellman and Fisher) run the
City. My reasons for entering this race are deeply ideological
and specific. Newsom is a cardboard cut-out with a glued-on tape
recorder programmed by Downtown business interests. If the 'Progressive'
politicians my friends and I spent millions in free labor and
ink pushing for the last decade or so lacked the testicles to
challenge the Mayor, I determined that I would use every last
penny I had to do it.
Now, I'm a lousy candidate. True, I know more than all of the
rest of them put together and could run the City better than all
of them put together but I'm a terrible asshole. Tolerance of
bullshit-wise, I mean. I'm dismissive of frauds, be they 'journalists',
bureaucrats or politicians. You can't win anything in this town
without being a major, major ass-kisser and that just isn't me.
Others soon followed
Oh, we got lots of promises and flirting from our top line candidates.
But, like Robert Dynes and Karl Rove, they decided they couldn't
take the heat and were going to go hide under their beds. I mean,
they were going to go spend more quality time with their families.
You understand the frustration. You feel it yourself and you're
angry or you aren't actually a fire-breathing Progressive. We
were deserted by our 'leaders' in this election and I personally
will never back any of them for anything again.
We need you
There is no Progressive leadership. None of Matt Gonzalez's
friends are going to call or email you and ask you to come and
watch any mayoral debate that doesn't include him. Ross Mirkarimi
will not be there. Nor, Art Agnos. It's up to you. Come support
democracy this Friday in front of City Hall from 5-6:30pm. Bring
a cushion and a question.
Do Salon before (1-3pm) and Mirk's art show after (til 8pm)
The mayoral candidates got game folks.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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