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Friday, October 7, 2011

Michela Alioto-Pier Flyers: Wheelchair-Using Candidate Will "Stand Up and Fight For Us"

Posted By on Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 11:59 AM

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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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Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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