Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Rafael Mandelman: the new RoboProg


Every political campaign in San Francisco, aka Progressive Land, has a candidate that's more politically robotic and more of a knee-jerk progressive than the other candidates. In the 2007 mayoral race, Quintin Mecke earned my Political Android of the Year award for his slavish adherence to the progressive agenda.

This year Rafael Mandelman, who's running for District 8 Supervisor, is already the leading candidate to win the award this year.

Mandelman supported Josh Wolf, who was jailed for refusing to give the Federal Grand Jury his video of an anarchist demonstration where a city cop had his skull fractured.

Mandelman opposes JROTC in city high schools.

Mandelman supports legalizing prostitution in San Francisco.

Mandelman supports the immediate withdrawal of US troops from Iraq.

Mandelman recently got his PC ticket punched by the bike people. [update: the SFBC's endorsement]

Mandelman is gay---District 8 includes the Castro---and president of the Harvey Milk Club. Of course being gay isn't a political choice, but District 8 Supervisor is considered a gay seat.

Mandelman isn't on record on whether cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal should have a new trial, but maybe someone will ask him about that at the Feb. 22 candidates' forum (below in italics). Supervisor Dufty, now District 8 Supervisor, ran with the prog lemmings on the Board of Supervisors by voting for a resolution urging the Governor of Pennsylvania to give the clearly guilty Mumia a new trial.

Join us for a Forum with 2010 District 8 Candidates for Supervisor! Come to the Harvey Milk Community Center for a forum with the 7 candidates who have filed to run for Supervisor in District 8. After hearing positions and statements from the candidates, you'll have a chance to ask your own questions. Come prepared to find out where these candidates stand on your issues.

When: February 22nd (Monday), 7-9pm

Where: Harvey Milk Community Center (50 Duboce at Scott Street)

Why? To be better informed about the Supervisorial candidates for your district. The filed candidates are: Jim Boegner, William Hernenger, Rafael Mandelman, Rebecca Prozan, Laura Spanjian, Starchild, Scott Weiner

See you there!

This event is sponsored by: Lower Haight Merchant + Neighbor Assn (LoHaMNA), Buena Vista Neighborhood Assn (BVNA), Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Assn (DTNA)
http://groups.google.com/group/lowerhaightorg/topics?hl=en

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10 Comments:

At 12:00 PM, Blogger murphstahoe said...

Mandelman is gay---District 8 includes the Castro---and president of the Harvey Milk Club. Of course being gay isn't a political choice, but District 8 Supervisor is considered a gay seat.

I'm not gay - does that mean if I ran you'd support me?

How is the Jamal case relevant to a supervisors race 3000 miles away and 20 years later?

 
At 12:09 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Back in 2004 Supervisors Alioto-Pier, Ammiano, Daly, Dufty, Maxwell, McGoldrick, Mirkarimi, Peskin, and Sandoval voted for a resolution urging Cleveland to give cop-killer Jamal a new trial. Only Elsbernd and Ma voted against it. The vote just showed how delusional and wrong-headed our "progressive" politicians can be. If Mandelman says he too thinks that Jamal should have a new trial, it will tell District 8 voters that he's another PC ninny who shouldn't get their vote.

 
At 1:20 PM, Blogger murphstahoe said...

"Back in 2004 Supervisors Alioto-Pier, Ammiano, Daly, Dufty, Maxwell, McGoldrick, Mirkarimi, Peskin, and Sandoval voted for a resolution urging Cleveland to give cop-killer Jamal a new trial."

A resolution in San Francisco urging Cleveland to give a new trial for a murder that happened in Philly???

 
At 10:04 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

That was just a test, Murph, to see if you would catch it. Of course the resolution was sent to the Governor of Ohio. Nice work! Nothing of substance to say about the wisdom of the resolution by our "progressive" BOS?

 
At 11:38 AM, Blogger murphstahoe said...

If they were wise, they would ignore this case completely and focus on MUNI.

 
At 2:45 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

That should be the Governor of Pennsylvania, of course.

 
At 2:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm gay...but I just don't like Mandelman...he comes off smarmy, smug and self-righteous..

plus that egg shaped bald head of his is just..well....

 
At 3:26 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

San Francisco progressives in general are smug and self-righteous. Their intellectual deficiencies are also notable. If you can't think clearly, maybe all you have to deploy is smugness and self-righteousness.

 
At 3:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good point...ok, I'll let his egg shaped bald head pass..

but, everytime he speaks..esp when I see him on the Board of Appeals..he comes off as arrogant..afraid to "touch" the issue. stand-offish..and yea..well, arrogant and full of himself. he will never get my vote.

 
At 4:12 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

The next question is, Who else in that race is worth voting for?

 

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