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Chicken John for Mayor

Posted by G.A. Matiasz on July 8, 2007


Here’s the SF Chronicle‘s story on Chicken John’s bid for the mayor of San Francisco. It also mentions other “fringe” candidate like Josh Wolf. I didn’t knew that, because of Jello Biafra’s run for mayor in 1979, Chicken John will have to use his real name, John Rivaldi, on the ballot.

Posted in Bay Area, Chicken John, Gavin Newsom, Jello Biafra, John Rivaldi, Josh Wolf, Mayoral election, San Francisco, San Francisco Bay Area | 1 Comment »

The problem with progressives #1

Posted by G.A. Matiasz on June 19, 2007


Why is it that progressives think that the best person to rally the troops and lead them to victory is the guy who lost the last time around? in the Bay Area is a mind-numbing example of this problem, with hopeful stories about momentum building for Al Gore to enter the presidential race and the potential for Matt Gonzalez to reunify the SF Left by running for mayor against Gavin Newsom.

Excuse me, but isn’t winning the point? And didn’t these guys demonstrate an inability to do so? In Europe, when the leader of a political party presides over the defeat of his party, frequently the leader steps down and lets someone else have a go at it. Something to consider.

Posted in Al Gore, Bay Area, Chris Daly, Gavin Newsom, life, Matt Gonzalez, Mayoral election, politics, presidential election, progressives, San Francisco, San Francisco Bay Area, the Left | 1 Comment »

Deja vu all over again

Posted by G.A. Matiasz on June 4, 2007

After a June 2 “Progressive Convention” in San Francisco failed to chose a candidate to run against Mayor Gavin Newsom from the left, speculation has been rife about who might step up. Ross Mirkarimi has declined, leading to speculation that Chris Daly may announce today. No dice with Daly, which puts Matt Gonzalez in the spotlight once again. Even if Matt runs, this won’t exactly be a repeat of the last mayoral election as Newsom has a better than 65% approval rating, a teflon coating with respect to recent scandals, and a ton of money already donated to his campaign. To keep up on the speculation and news, check out Beyond Chron.


Posted in Chris Daly, Gavin Newsom, life, Matt Gonzalez, Mayoral election, politics, Ross Mirikarimi, San Francisco | 1 Comment »