The CrackBerry Chronicles
With Elaine Santore
July 9, 2007
25 is the new 40: Josh Wolf for Mayor
A great man once said, "I'm so mad right now, I can run
for mayor." I'm assuming Josh Wolf woke up one day with the
same feeling, and more power to him. For those of you living in
a cave, Josh Wolf threw
his hat into the San Francisco Mayor's race on July 4.
My first reaction? "He's too short." I saw Josh at
the Progressive Convention, and he's shorter than I am. (So I'm
shallow. Deal with it.)
Josh Wolf (right) with Supervisor Chris Daly at the 2007 Progressive
Around the time I learned Wolf was considering a bid for mayor,
I also found out he was blogging for CNet's
Mediasphere. Not the best for one's indie cache, but I can't
hate. He's a 25-year-old blogger ex-con with a degree in Psychology,
and lucky to have a job at all. Wolf's been hardened from his
stint in jail, but is, as the Bay Guardian's G.W.
Schulz says, Wolf is "...like the consummate Boy Scout,
but with badges that feature political slogans and old crustcore
When I was growing up, I can remember Oprah Winfrey preaching,
"Life begins at 40." Supposedly, I'm going to reach
a level of clarity and inner peace on my 40th birthday. My generation
doesn't have that kind of luxury. Big Brother said his goal was
to "make a lot of money by the time I'm 25." Well, BB's
Sweet 25 came and went, and the good news is that he's not 26.
I'm 24.5 years old. Journalism isn't considered a respectable
(read: lucrative) profession. My ambitions get little or no respect
from my peers and elders alike. I try to explain my "career
path" and people cock their heads to the side and ask, "So,
how much does it pay? Do you get paid? How do you expect to support
yourself as a writer? Are there jobs out there?"
In the beginning, I fancied myself a fashion writer, and had
grand aspirations towards writing for Vogue, Elle, or Harper's
Bazaar. However, I fell into the rabbit hole that is San Francisco
politics, and now I don't want to leave. Maybe it has something
to do with my penchant for drama.
Meanwhile, I watch while some of the best journalists in the
City collect pink slips, or hop off the Ferris wheel to pursue
more stable careers as consultants and copywriters. I suppose
that's something to fall back on, and a sensible alternative,
if you believe in that kind of thing.
I know I mentioned "Almost Famous" in last
week's column, but I can't help but be reminded of the scene
where William Miller turns to Penny Lane and tells her, "I
have to go home." Penny looks at him and says, "You
Most days, my life resembles a traveling circus of political
rock stars, and I'm just the kid journalist they let on the bus.
Anybody who criticizes Wolf for milking his 15 minutes of fame
doesn't understand today's new crop of journalists. While our
predecessors cut their teeth as news interns, and climbed the
ranks as reporters and editors, those opportunities are now few
and far between and, frankly, not worth the effort.
For our generation, selling out to the man and cashing in isn't
just encouraged, it's a matter of survival. The key to success
is distinguishing yourself from the pack, and expanding your brand
to the realm of celebrity. Josh decided to use his celebrity to
run for mayor. Not because he thinks he'll win, or because he's
the best candidate, but because the progressive movement is his
home, and he's not going to be leaving anytime soon.
Mayor Villaraigosa's scandal: look familiar?
Big Brother and the LA kids have all the fun. On July 3, Los
Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced he was separating
from his wife of 20 years. Villaraigosa also confirmed rampant
rumors he was involved in a relationship with Telemundo 52 reporter
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Dude, watch your wife, er, wallet!
Mayor Gavin Newsom and Villaraigosa are expected to run against
each other for the California 2010 gubernatorial election, and
I couldn't help but notice some similarities.
Mayor Gavin Newsom
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Admitted to having an affair with Ruby Rippey-Tourk, wife
of campaign manager and best friend, Alex Tourk in February
2006. The Tourks are now separated.
Had a separate affair with his good friend's wife while
on the campaign trail in 1994, which led to that couple's
Ex-wife, Kimberly Guilfoyle, is the host of Fox News'
After announcing separation from his wife of 20 years
in June 2007, Villaraigosa admitted to having a relationship
with reporter Mirthala Salinas, a reporter for Telemundo
52 in Los Angeles.
News of affair originally broken by journalist/photographer
News of the Villaraigosas' separation scooped by blogger/photographer
Rumored to have covered up an aborted, unplanned pregnancy.
Currently dodging rumors that Salinas is pregnant.
Rippey-Tourk granted paid leave by the City after the
Producers at Telemundo placed Salinas on leave after news
broke of their relationship.
Before dating Newsom, Guilfoyle dated Gavin's ex-BFF and
business partner, Billy Getty.
Before dating Villaraigosa, Salinas dated his friend,
State Senate speaker Fabian Nunez.
Had wedding reception at Getty manse in Pacific Heights.
Left behind wife and kids in the mayoral manse, the Getty
Take a good look at these two. You might be voting for one of
them in 2010 and it's going to get increasingly difficult to tell
CrackBerry Blind Item
Which mayoral hopeful said the following?
"She just pulled a Sarah Low Daly and said I can't run for