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Wednesday, Jul 21 1999

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The press that covers the game is sickest of all, run by men and women of shallow imagination and brittle backbone.

When exciting new leaders step forward, as in the case of district attorney candidate Matt Gonzalez, no one pays attention. Instead, those opposed to District Attorney Terence Hallinan would, apparently, rather follow the reanimated corpse of Bill Fazio, who, at the very moment I am writing these words, stands on the steps of the Hall of Justice announcing his second candidacy for the job of district attorney amid the Gothic stench of decay.

We are very sick, indeed. And here is the surest sign of sickness: my endorsement for mayor of San Francisco.

Barring the entry of, say, a Gavin Newsom or a Tom Ammiano into the race for mayor this year, if all we have to vote on is the reanimated corpses of Clint Reilly and Frank Jordan and the rotting hide of Willie Lewis Brown Jr., all evils being what they are, I will vote for Brown.

Reilly knows nothing about government, and his political judgment is worse than Brown's. Jordan, well, I've told you about him.

The only one I would feel even remotely comfortable voting for in that scenario, I am profoundly sad to say, is a man who typifies just about everything wrong with San Francisco politics.

That, my dears, is sick.

George Cothran ( can be reached at SF Weekly, 185 Berry, Suite 3800, San Francisco,

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