"Public Financing is like teenage sex."
So says Chicken John Rinaldi, who has just spent the last month running around like the proverbial headless chicken, as he tries to reconcile reality, which is messy and imperfect, with public financing law, which is rigorous and well-ordered.
Chicken John Rinaldi back in the pre-public financing day when he and his fake moustache had time to chill out at the Temple Bar and educate people, including Fog City's Luke Thomas, on the correct way to pronounce Ri-NAL-di
“When I was 15 years old, I was very aware of what all those girls had, but there was no chance of my getting it,” said Rinaldi, on learning that his application for public financing in the Mayor’s race has been rejected. For now.
Because, and here's the tease, the Ethics Commission has given Rinaldi another five days to try and satisfy public financing requirements and then, maybe, just maybe, he can get a piece of it.
“I’m reminded of teenage sex, because I am experiencing the same level of frustration," said Rinaldi, who has spent the last few weeks knocking on contributors' doors, trying to get photocopies of their driver's license, so he can prove that those who each gave up to $100 to his campaign actually live in San Francisco.
And then there are his pesky problems with Paypal, since some efilings took over 48 hours to post, thereby blowing public financing deadlines along the way.
“It’s not the Ethics Commission’s fault, but the way the rules are written," added Rinaldi, who, much like a horny teenage boy, isn't about to give up on his quest. "Of course, I'm going to refile!"