The adorable, sullen, and notably diverse kiddies on mayoral candidate Michela Alioto-Pier's flyers are nothing if not eye-catching. Also eye-catching, however, is the text alongside them: "Who will stand up and fight for us?"
The term "stand up" is awkward. You don't exactly have to be a political insider to know Alioto-Pier is a wheelchair-user and one of the city's foremost advocates for the disabled. And if you didn't, the ad's photos of the candidate clear that up.
Our messages for Alioto-Pier were returned by campaign adviser Sterling Clifford. Asked if the wording was intentional, he paused and then burst out laughing. "I cannot believe I did not make that connection until right this second when you mentioned it."
The ad, he continued "was looked at and approved by Michela and everyone else. I don't think we discussed that particular idiom. It's not in any e-mail thread I saw or conversation I was part of."
Clifford noted that "Who will stand up and fight for us?" is "a well-known and understood phrase."
Sure, but so is "Who will fight for us?" To this, Clifford agreed.
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