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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Guy Running Vs. That Bastard Saxby Chambliss Raises Bucks in S.F.

Posted By on Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 9:26 PM


City denizens may not know Jim Martin, but they like him fine

By Joe Eskenazi

For all San Franciscans who grew addicted to red-and-blue maps of the United States, dueling spokesmen, and, finally, dueling exit polls – it’s time to plug Jim Martin straight into your veins.

Thanks to a Libertarian candidate – and, according to Sen. Saxby Chambliss, them darn minority voters – Martin kept the incumbent Chambliss from garnering a majority on election day. Now a runoff is set for December 2 – and the Longest Election in History, Ever has, in essence, gone into overtime. A handful of San Francisco voters who just couldn’t get enough flooded a fund-raiser for the Democrat Martin Tuesday night at House of Shields, raising around $3,000 for the candidate.

It warrants mentioning that many of those who happily contributed to Martin -- $500 for one giver – couldn’t pick him out of a police lineup. When asked, if Martin ambled up the steps, could they identify him, a number of attendees replied, “What, is he here?”

For most of those present the fact Martin is The Guy Running Vs. That Bastard Saxby Chambliss was reason enough to show up, drop 50 bucks and quaff a couple of beers. Chambliss, incidentally, is the man who unseated Democratic incumbent Max Cleland in 2002, comparing his opponent to Osama bin Laden in a TV spot (Cleland’s tour of duty in Vietnam cost him the use of both legs and an arm; even in this jaded age of ours Chambliss’ ads make the Willie Horton spot look like “The More You Know”). Further endearing himself to San Francisco voters, Chambliss explained his inability to put away his Democratic opponent to Fox News thusly: “There was a high percentage of minority vote, but we weren't able to get enough of our folks out on election day.” It doesn’t take an enigma machine to break that political code-talk.

One attendee who would recognize Martin if he ambled up the steps was Frank Martin. That’s not a shock, though – Martin is his father. Frank is a San Francisco lawyer – his mother, Joan, grew up in West Portal and went to Mercy High; his sister and cousin also live nearby. He noted that his dad has more attributes than just being The Guy Running Vs. That Bastard Saxby Chambliss. “The truth is, the policies he’s been fighting for over the past 30 years – protecting consumers, health care, reasonable regulation – it’s not like he was crafting his message for this current environment. These are the messages he’s been fighting for his entire life.” Fair enough: But he’s also The Guy Running Vs. That Bastard Saxby Chambliss!

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera has been a strong supporter of Martin’s for months, but surprise attendee – and donor – Supervisor Aaron Peskin admitted he might not recognize Martin if the two shared an elevator together. He is excused, however: “I met Frank Martin on October 29 at the Democratic Party annual dinner and I confessed to him that I was not watching the Georgia Senate race – I had a few problems of my own here in San Francisco.”

Finally, for those of you who would give some grief to attendees unable to identify a photo of Jim Martin, the photo accompanying this story is not of Jim Martin. It was the actor Abe Vigoda. This is Jim Martin.


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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

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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