I heard church bells ringing as I stepped out to get Bagels on
Sunday morning, so I decided that the day was lucky.
Listening to the sound of church bells in the Tenderloin, I almost
wanted to go to mass. But I figured the Lord's Day would be best
celebrated with mimosas and a trip to San Mateo for the San Mateo
County Democratic Party's straw poll to see presidential hopeful
Luke Thomas and I originally planned to take CalTrain to the
650, but mayoral candidate Grasshopper Alec Kaplan volunteered
to give us a ride in his taxicab. (Nobody tell Cagney
and Lacy!) Kucinich is Grasshopper's political hero.
Mayoral candidate/FCJ car service, Grasshopper Alec Kaplan.
Along the way, we roped Bob Brigham into joining us. As soon
as we buckled up, Bob leaned over and whispered, "We're doomed."
Bob was there to immortalize the event on film for FCJ. With SF
State journalism student Herman Moestue in tow, I rolled into
the straw poll fashionably late, with two still photographers
and a videographer.
I wandered out of the auditorium looking for the ladies' room,
when I ran into Josh Wolf and Len Harrison. (They didn't know
what they were doing in the 650, either.) Sadly, they all paid
$25 for one vote in a straw poll that involved long lines and
a closed bar.
Fortunately, we arrived just in time to watch Congressman Dennis
Kucinich take the stage. It's a good thing Kucinich was the only
person on stage, and that photographers were nice enough to shoot
him from below.
Fog City Journal was sent here to mess with your mind. Get used
D-List moment: Elaine Santore is not used to being in such close
to politicians people have actually heard of.
Oh, yeah, and Tom Lantos was there, too.
Did anybody actually vote with straw?
Is it Halloween already missus?
In the end, John Edwards won the straw poll. But Kucinich was
the real story. Well, not really. Kucinich's wife Elizabeth was
the real story. Elizabeth reminds me of Nicole Kidman before she
succumbed to Xenu hu$h money, peroxide, and Botox.
Essex Girl turned Upminster politico wife, Elizabeth Kucinich.
Dennis and Elizabeth Kucinich. (She wore flats. Cute.)
Elizabeth gives her hubby a pinch to remind him he's in heaven.
Cheer up, Bob, you and Elizabeth will always have San Mateo.
After waiting patiently for some face time with Kucinich, Luke,
Josh, Len, Bria, and I were finally able to talk to him. When
Josh introduced himself, Kucinich immediately gave Josh a hug
and mentioned that he'd already met Josh's mom.
We're not groupies: Josh Wolf, Elaine Santore, and Congressman
Josh brought our crew up to the B-list.
Bria, Josh, CrackBerry and Bob.
Attention San Francisco progressives: are you tired of standing
in line to vote, or wasting an entire evening filling out an absentee
ballot when you could be watching The Hills? Hold a straw poll!
Better yet, charge everybody $25/head to vote in a straw poll.
Banned from Bay Meadows - For-ev-er!
While we were waiting to meet Dennis Kucinich, Grasshopper held
a mini concert on the roof of his van. Grasshopper played his
usual repertoire of songs, and spent about twenty minutes strumming
and shouting, "Stop the war!" He drew small crowds of
supporters and several cars honked in approval.
Grasshopper Alec Kaplan serenades sweet suburbia.
However, Grasshopper wasn't content to just singing; he decided
to take it up a notch and drop trou, a la George Davis. While
belting out a cover of Van Morrison's "Crazy Love,"
Grasshopper said: "It's hard to stay in tune with your pants
Of course, Grasshopper's performance drew the attention of event
officials. When they demanded Grasshopper put his clothes back
on, Grasshopper said, "I'm a mayoral candidate. I paid a
lot of fucking money to take my clothes off."
We're calling the cops on this nutter.
I think you know where this is going
San Mateo's finest show up to enjoy the Grasshopper experience.
"You want to impeach Newsom?"
We almost made it out of the parking lot without Grasshopper
getting arrested. But Grasshopper was thankful for the police
officers' hospitality and kindness.
Some choice Grasshopper quotes:
On the female officer who booked him: "She's gonna be the
mother of my children. But I'm gonna need a lot of mothers."
On Board President Aaron Peskin: "I do not want Aaron Peskin
to be mayor if I get assassinated."
To a writer from the Huffington Post: "Tell Arriana to take
her clothes off, too!"
Oh, yeah. And we're all banned from Bay Meadows for life.
Mayor Gavin Newsom, and Patrick Bateman from American Psycho:
Supervisor Chris Daly has been trying to push this comparison
for a while.
Here's our suggestion for Gavin's Halloween Costume:
Quintin Mecke's mom, Dierdre, and Dame Judi Dench:
Candidate Quintin Mecke with mamma Deirdre Quintin
outside Mecke for Mayor campaign headquarters.
Dame Judi Dench
Quintin's campaign manager, Andy Blue, pointed out the uncanny
Cecilia Vega and Mirthala Salinas:
Cecilia Vega (center left)
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Mirthala Salinas. Photo by Robert Durell for the LA Times
Actually, these chicks don't really look alike. But when I read
this paragraph on Robert Solis' SF
Bay Area, I had to make the comparison:
"You don't believe me? Check this article
in today's Chronicle. Cecilia Varga [sic], a suspected Gabness
devotee just slightly less infatuated with her reportorial target
than Telemundo's former anchor Mirthala Salinas, writes a piece
about Herr Gabermeister roughly reminiscent of an ode to kings."
Robert Solis is the best Bay Area blogger you've never heard
of (that is, if you're not a political junkie/blog addict like
me). If you're not reading his blog, you're missing out.
To be fair, R.S. is admittedly infatuated with Ruby Rippey-Tourk,
on the grounds that she's a hot mess who got a raw deal in the
mainstream news media.
Floating a balloon
The "chatterers" are at it again, Gavin. The latest
balloon being floated is a 2008 recall.