Yes on 8 people backing Safai?

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By Tim Redmond

Tommi Avicolli Mecca, a longtime queer/housing activist, just called me to say that he saw a truck driving around with Yes on 8 signs and Safai for Supervisor signs. Kinda scary -- not that Safai supports Prop. 8 (he doesn't, and his campaign isn't promoting yes on 8 by any means, and he has the backing of Gavin Newsom, who is pretty much the No on 8 poster boy these days.) And no candidate can ever controll all of his or her supporters. (Fog City Journal caught an Alioto supporter standing in front of City Hall shouting Yes on 8.

But if bigots who want to take away basic civil rights think Ahsha Safai is a good candidate for local office, you have to wonder. I hope he denounces them, quick.

(I called the Safai office and a volunteer answered the phone and said "as far as we know, none of our supporters carried Yes on 8 signs." But she said she a campaign spokesperson would get back to me with a formal statement. I haven't heard from them yet. I also left a message on Safai's cell phone. I'll let you know if he calls back.)

By the way: Is this a photo of Safai hanging out with Rodrigo Santos, the Republican head of the downtown-backed Coalition for Responsible Growth? CRG is putting money into a lot of supes races, but isn't supposed to be directly coordinating with any candidates.

Certainly looks that way, and people who know Santos better than I do confirm that's him in the pic.

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Comments

hey anonymous cheapshots - who exactly is hiding?

Posted by uh, what? on Nov. 04, 2008 @ 3:09 pm

You cry wolf when people associate Daly with the Supervisor candidates, however with innuendo you are employing the same hateful tactics. It comes as no surprise this tit-bit of information was from the dangerous (sic) Tommi Avicolli Mecca.

But frankly this is too late and my guess is Safai will lose so why make your selves look bad at this late stage, I give the Guardian more credit than this.

Posted by Chris P on Nov. 04, 2008 @ 2:05 pm

cheap last minute shots when your handpicked candidate will win anyway. you're just another poltical hack tim, just as bad as any other political hack, telling lies to back up your causes and making up stuff. you're just as bad as the rest of them, except you hide behind the title of journalist when you are not.

Posted by cheapshots on Nov. 04, 2008 @ 3:55 pm

I took this picture of Ahsha Safai with Rodrigo Santos. I had talked to Ahsha weeks ago about how disgusting it was that these scum(CRG, Realtors etc) were backing him and smearing John in such a nasty way. Ahsha claimed to have no association with them, and chalked it all up to them hating Chris Daly. He said he was against what they were doing.

So... it was funny when I took this photo of the two of these guys together, Ahsha ran up to me freaking out about how I was wasting my time. Since he was unable to mobilize district 11 despite calling himself "a community organizer," it was great to document his true constituency on election day. CRG sent out a number of volunteers, along with hiring day laborers to hold signs for Safai's weak campaign.

Posted by nate miller on Nov. 12, 2008 @ 10:02 am