|Sorry, Chuck: No scoop for you!|
Daly didn't respond to Nevius. But later the same day he posted a statement on Fog City Journal disclosing that he and his wife had bought a house near his in-laws in the Solano County city. (As it turned out, the couple actually had purchased two homes there.)
Chron metro editor Audrey Cooper says she thinks the timing of Daly's statement was no coincidence -- Daly chose to do a pre-emptive infomercial on a friendly blog rather than answer to the city's paper of record. "We really would have liked the opportunity to have talked to the supervisor," she said. "We had some follow-up questions that would have given him the opportunity to explain why his family is leaving the city and how often he is staying at his SOMA condo."
It's pretty obvious Daly chose to cockblock a Chron scoop. After all, he'd had plenty of time to tell everyone he and his wife planned to move to Fairfield since they bought their new family homes in February and April, respectively.
Daly also was faced with the reality that his most persistent critic in the "corporate media" was going to break the bad news to everyone. To use the vernacular, there's history between Nevius and Daly. Daly has ranted in the past about being criticized by a suburbanite like Nevius, who lives in Walnut Creek. (An example from a 2008 blog post Daly wrote: "Three days a week the City is subjected to the worst of his suburban biases. It goes without saying that CW Nevius is backward, and his enabling employers are complicit.")
Nevius, meanwhile, couldn't resist taking a self-referential swipe at Daly's hypocrisy in his original story that ran on the Chron's Web site: "District 6 Supervisor Chris Daly, who has often mocked his critics who do not live in San Francisco, announced today that he and his wife have purchased a house in Fairfield..."