=v= Next week in San Francisco, there's a runoff election between the Democratic and Green candidates for mayor. The Democrat, Gavin Newsom, has Al Gore coming to town. And, apparently, orchestrating a phony anti-Gore protest.
Greens received email to gather at Zeitgeist (a biker bar, as in bicyclist, as in, "Hey, that's my bar, dammit!") and protest Al Gore. The IP address of the email turned out to be from the Newsom campaign, though.
The Green, Matt Gonzalez, put out a press release about the incident:
The "Al Gore protest" email attempts to position the Green Party, and by association, Gonzalez, as politically power hungry: "The Green Party is the new power in San Francisco. We elected Matt Gonzalez President of the Board of Supervisors and will elect him Mayor on December 9."
"I didn't think it could get any more bizarre and unseemly than Endorsementgate with Angela Alioto. But the Newsom campaign managed to top even that scandal by trying to orchestrate a protest against their own political event," said Supervisor Aaron Peskin.
How I miss San Francisco politics. I'm just waiting for Newsom to get hit by another pie. (Probably one from his own campaign, attempting to garner some sympathy.)