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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Candy Man Offers San Francisco Political Predictions

Posted By on Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 1:25 PM

click to enlarge The candy man can ... predict San Francisco's next mayor?
  • The candy man can ... predict San Francisco's next mayor?

One of the most remarkable aspects of the ongoing mayoral selection rigmarole is that even City Hall's best and brightest are utterly flummoxed. The procedure to choose Gavin Newsom's successor, aptly described by Supervisor Chris Daly as a "clusterfuck," was complex enough.

When you get into the mind-warping jurisdictional issues regarding whether or not Newsom can indefinitely delay his swearing-in as lieutenant governor and, therefore, deprive the current board of replacing him one feels the need to summon a lawyer. Or, more expediently, run headlong into a wall.

We dialed one of the city's top political consultants to get his take. Astoundingly, his old phone number is now used by a sweets shop; it was no joke when the man on the other end of the phone answered "The Candy Store." What the hell. Who does candy purveyor Brian Campbell think will be the next mayor?

"Not Chris Daly," said the candy man with a laugh.

True enough -- rather than systematically alienate everyone in our fair city by sternly administering over San Francisco during its Winter of Discontent, Daly will be pouring out shots at his bar for the systematically alienated. Wise move.

Prodded further, Campbell ventured a guess: "Willie Brown?"

Who knows? And if his punditry comes off as second-rate, he's certainly not quitting his day job. 

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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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