Monday, August 25, 2008

Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club

Alice B. Toklas Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Democratic Club

Candidate Questionnaire

Please return your completed questionnaire to as soon as possible. The deadline for receipt is Monday, September 1, 2008. On or before Wednesday, September 3, 2008, we will contact you by email regarding your interview. PAC interviews will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2008.

Name: Rob Anderson
Mailing address:


1. What office are you running for and, if applicable, in what district?
District 5 Supervisor

2. Are you a registered Democrat?

3. Are you lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender?
I don’t think that’s anyone’s business. I disapprove of this Balkanization of the electorate into identity groups.

4. What elected offices have you held?

5. What political clubs and/or community organizations are you most actively involved in?
None. My blog ( and my political campaigns are my primary involvement. Ordinarily, I would go to a lot more meetings, but for the last two years I’ve been the primary caretaker of my 92-year-old mother, which keeps me home in the evenings.

6. What are your two most significant political campaigns or experiences? Please discuss.
It so happens that I’ve run for District 5 Supervisor twice before, in 2000 and 2004. In 2000 Matt Gonzalez was the leading candidate. I tried unsuccessfully to get him and the other candidates interested in the homeless issue that year. A few years later, Gavin Newsom used the issue to become mayor of SF by capitalizing on progressive incomprehension and political negligence on an issue that city voters were clearly concerned about.


Why is the Alice endorsement important to your campaign?
It’s not necessarily important, but I would like to have it. After all I am a Democrat, and Mirkarimi is a member of the Green Party.

8. What endorsements for this office have you received to date?

9. How much have you raised to date and what is your total anticipated budget for your campaign?
I don’t plan on raising any money. If I spend any money, it will be my own.

10. What are your three most important qualifications for this office? Please discuss.
Why three? My most important qualification is that I’m not a San Francisco progressive. I’m completely unblinkered by the ideology that hobbles SF progressives, including my opponent, Ross Mirkarimi.

11. What are your three most important qualifications to represent the LGBT community in this office? Please discuss.
I have no intention of representing the LGBT community or any other particular group. If I don’t think a policy or proposal is good for the whole city, I won’t support it.

12. What are your top three priorities/objectives if you win this position? Please discuss.
“Three” again? I have no such list in mind. I’ll support Mayor Newsom’s approach on homelessness, since that’s his greatest policy success---perhaps his only one---thus far. And I’m very much concerned with the city’s aggressive development policies, led by a completely misguided Planning Dept. Supervisor Mirkarimi is terrible on development issues. He voted for the Rincon Hill highrise luxury condos; he’s pushing the destructive Market/Octavia Plan that will rezone more than 4,000 properties in the middle of the city to encourage more population density; and he’s taken the lead in surrendering the old extension property on Lower Haight Street to a greedy, predatory UC for a massive housing development---450 units on only six acres.


13. Do you support full equal marriage rights for LGBT Americans? Please discuss.
Yes. What’s to discuss? People should be able to get married if they want.

14. Do you support full equal immigration rights for LGBT Americans? Please discuss.
Of course

15. Do you support full employment non-discrimination for LGBT Americans? Please discuss
I oppose any kind of discrimination, but I don’t know what you mean by “full employment.”

16. Do you support repeal of the US military’s “Don’t Ask; Don’t Tell” policy? Please discuss.

17. What are the most important issues facing the transgender community and how should they be addressed? Please discuss.
How the hell should I know?


18. Do you support a woman’s federal constitutional right to reproductive choice? Would you support a candidate, measure or platform that was not explicitly pro-choice? Please discuss.
Yes and no. No one should force women---or girls, for that matter---to have babies.

19. What steps would you take to encourage more diversity in the electoral process, including increasing the involvement of members of the LGBT community, women and people of color?
Please list three---not two and not four---obstacles for the LGBT community, women, or people of color to participating in the political process. Just kidding! I don’t know of any obstacles to participation in the political process facing members of the LGBT community, women, or people of color.

Thank you very much for completing the Alice questionnaire.



At 5:58 AM, Blogger Iuli said...

Rob, you're garbage. After the Wall Street Journal article, the whole country knows you're garbage. Get a job. Does any of your would-be constituency know you've never had a real job? Right, then.

At 10:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Though I cannot stand your idiotic pro-car politics, I'm glad you are posting these even more idiotic questionnaires. I think sexual orientation is a relevant piece of information, but not the polarizing way they asked you. What really bothers me in this how they seem so interested in what political groups have endorsed you and how much you've raised. Whether you are a democrat or not and whether group X has endorsed you or not doesn't give me much information about you, what your background is and how it effects your politics.

At 11:17 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

"Idiotic pro-car politics"? Like to hear more about that claim but never mind. I don't think sexual orientation is the least bit relevant, unless the discussion is specifically about discrimination based on sexual orientation. Yes, these questionnaires tell us more about the state of city politics than they do about me. Speaking of which: I don't really think this blog is about me personally, though obviously it shows what/how I think about mostly local issues. In fact, I take some pride in how little personal information about me is in District 5 Diary. I try to focus on the issues; everthing else is pretty much irrelevant.

At 11:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Rob Anderson,

Why do you hate my bicycle so much? It's never hurt anyone. I can zoom up and down the street, with the wind in my hair. If I see my friend on the sidewalk, I can easily stop and say, "Hello." I can get places more quickly and quietly than I can in my car. Plus I get exercise and fresh air.

My bike can help reduce cost for the city (that you care so much . Because I get exercise, my health care costs go down. Smog and pollution are reduced, again helping with health care costs. I don't ride the bus or drive my car, so city infrastructure costs go down.

No one has ever been charged with vehicular manslaughter for riding a bike. No one has ever asphyxiated themselves by running their bike in the garage.

Rob, oh, Rob. I just want to ride my bike to work safely. Maybe a place to lock it up when I get there, or a spot on the train. Is that really so bad?

Your Biking Buddy

At 12:34 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Oh, Biking Buddy, the real question is, Why are you so lame?


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