Earlier today, we wrote about professional rabble-rouser Michael Petrelis releasing a campaign ad of sorts for his campaign of sorts against Scott Wiener in District 8. Of sorts.
Depicted to the right, it juxtaposes the image of Wiener taken by Petrelis, without permission, when he attempted to snap a photo of the supervisor's penis as Wiener relieved himself at a urinal with a shot of Supervisor John Avalos, taken with permission by a journalistic well-wisher as Avalos posed, photogenically, at a sink.
Petrelis continues to portray himself -- and this city's taxpayers -- as the victims of a powerful, vindictive, out-of-control politician. He does not seem to comprehend how attempting to photograph another man's penis in a men's room, and then admitting that's exactly what you were trying to do and bragging about it on the Internet, could constitute a chargeable offense -- or even make someone angry.
He continues to claim that his decision to do the above with an elected official and not a random urinal-user made things worse for him, not better. But a man randomly photographing strangers' genitalia in the john couldn't couch his act as a political statement -- as Petrelis and his supporters do. Instead he'd be branded a degenerate and likely have that camera broken, if not his face.
But this is an old matter. A more relevant question: Is Petrelis' new stunt a violation of city campaign law?
The answer to that question: Not exactly.
Avalos has told both your humble narrator and his colleagues that he never intended for this photo to be used in connection with campaign materials: "Petrelis just picked up the photo and made it his own."
The supervisor has just learned a lesson imparted upon all too many amorous teenagers: Don't pose for photos you don't want on the Internet. Ever.