Dist. 8 heats up

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By Tim Redmond

Alix Rosenthal, who is challenging Bevan Dufty in District eight, has been getting some (electronic) press; BeyondChron has interview in which, among other things, she talks about keeping San Francisco weird. A sample quote: "I love how freaky it is. I love the freaks, and I include myself in the freaks."

She also talks about real issues, about affordable housing, condo conversions, the loss of the city's middle class. And she clearly has Dufty at least a little freaked; Pat Murphy over at the San Francisco Sentinel claims that he's heard that "progressive big footers" leaned on Dufty to support Ammiano's health-care legislation, threatening to pour money in to Rosenthal's campaign if he didn't.

I'm not sure the "big footers," whoever they are, had to push much; I think Dufty sees that this won't be a cakewalk of a re-election, and I think he also wants to run for state Assembly when Mark Leno is termed out, and he can't really do it without some left credibility. On economic issues, particularly tenant issues, he's out of touch with his district, and I think we'll see him move to the left on a few select issues over the next few months to try to present some kind of case to win progressive support.

The "freaky" quote will no doubt get used to make Rosenthal sound flaky, but the truth is, she's got a good point: When San Francisco gets too expensive, all the people who make it so special have to leave.