Wannabe-eccentric John Rinaldi is being used by Newsom and his downtown backers to typify, and thus trivialize, the opposition to Newsom and his feed-the-rich regime.
Rinaldi’s platform IS his anti-conventional fashion statements. So amusing.
h. brown early in the race pegged Rinaldi as a Newsom “plant” and predicted that Rinaldi would be the recipient of Newsom-directed public funding of some sort—jobs, grants—as soon as the election is over.
Basically Nevius’ column says:
- Newsom is a shoo-in,
- His main opponent is a guy named “Chicken John.”
- Wouldn’t it be “so San Francisco” if Chicken John got a lot of votes!
Meanwhile, candidates such as brown, Sumchai, and Mecke who have raised serious questions which the Mayor refuses to address in open discussion, aren’t even named in the article.
The only other Newsom opponents Nevius mentions are “Grasshopper and the nude guy.”
Nevius refers to, or quotes others referring to, the field of opposition mayoral candidates as:
At the downsizing Chronicle, Nevius must feel that it’s better to be a shill than to be unemployed. The janitor who empties C.W.’s wastebasket has, at least, an honest job.
The results of this Mayoral vote won’t make national news, UNLESS Chicken John comes in second. If this happens, right wing pundits will use the Chicken-vote to further trivialize and vilify San Francisco.
If you like Newsom, vote for Newsom.
If you dislike San Francisco, vote for Chicken John Rinaldi.
Elsewise, any other candidate will do.
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