Newsom endorses Wilson, who endorses "the machine"

The massive Giants World Series celebration at City Hall today included an intriguing political possibility.
Steven T. Jones

As Mayor Gavin Newsom prepares to leave San Francisco for the Lieutenant Governor's Office in Sacramento, he has burned enough bridges here that he's not going to have much of a role in picking his successor. But he made a play today during the Giants World Series celebration at City Hall that just may resonate with local voters and elected officials alike.

“This town is going to need another mayor soon, and I have just three words: fear the beard,” Newsom said as he wrapped up his speech to a crowd of several hundred thousand fans, giving his cheeky endorsement to the Giants' star closing pitcher, Brian Wilson.

But during his own speech, Wilson respectfully declined the opportunity. “I don't think I'm up to that job, but I know someone who is: Where's the machine?” Wilson told the crowd, appearing to give the nod to the next speaker, Giants star pitcher Tim Lincecum, who didn't take himself out of the running.

“All I can say is thank you and go San Francisco!” Lincecum said.

So, what do you say, San Francisco? Are we ready for Mayor Lincecum?

Is this a joke? Maybe not, after all, while being interviewed before the festivities began, a jubilant Newsom said, "The politicians need to step out of the way and that's when you can restore a sense of pride to the city." And in your case, Mister Mayor, we at the Guardian couldn't agree more. Have a great trip to Sacramento!

UPDATE: A friend has now clued me in to the possibility that Wilson wasn't actually endorsing Lincecum, but his BDSM neighbor. Huh? Yeah, I'm not sure either, but check this out:



and by machine you mean the progressive dccc machine led by commandant peskin yeah?

Posted by Guest on Nov. 03, 2010 @ 6:02 pm

Some are wondering if Gavin uttering the words Fear the Beard was a reference to interim mayoral candidate Aaron Peskin. As for "the machine" reference, even Schwarzennegar knew what that was all about. But then again he was probably briefed on the way over to the celebration.

Posted by Guest John Avalos on Nov. 03, 2010 @ 8:28 pm

the mayor of North Beach would be perfect as interim progressive mayor. A petty little man who thinks he and his wife are dictators of North Beach.

Posted by matlock on Nov. 03, 2010 @ 8:54 pm

If he had said fear the "height challenged megalomaniac", then we would have thought of A.P. and before you get your knickers in a twist, I'm no fan of mayor hair.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 03, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

Hey John,

How about our Giants? Elsbernd told me in the Spring that they'd have to trade Bengie if Buster was gonna get a real chance and he was right. I said just after that that the ideal World Series match would be Bengie vs Buster. They both did great and it was paradise. Y'all shudda seen the scene from my fire escape on McAllister of the parade. Only Brian Wilson walked (appropriate). I'm surprised Bumgarner didn't bring a cow or two to trail behind his cable car.

Youse guys are like the cardinals in Rome now getting ready to pick the next Mayor. We political groupies are loving it all.

Question ... if you trip over Pier's ramp, can you sue her?

Go Giants!


Posted by Guest h. brown on Nov. 03, 2010 @ 9:45 pm

So who knew that Wilson was a hardwired Folsom Street freak? Who cares, he's great! The trip of Christers mixed with MMA warriors is pretty twisted, but when delved into baseball...GAME ON!!!!

Posted by Guest Nick Frisco on Nov. 04, 2010 @ 12:37 am

Please don't turn this into a political reference. This is not about Burton and Brown, blowhards. Brian Bin Laden is bigger than all politics. Newscum was just tryin to cash in on the moment...

Posted by Illish on Nov. 04, 2010 @ 11:14 am

Well this is the Politics blog, and both Newsom and Wilson opted to bring politics into the festivities, so if you want nothing but baseball, stick to the sports pages.

Posted by steven on Nov. 04, 2010 @ 2:29 pm
Posted by Elsworth Rothko on Nov. 06, 2010 @ 10:23 am

Machine for mayor dot com

Posted by Elsworth Rothko on Nov. 06, 2010 @ 10:26 am

Or are you ready to vote for somebody based on how he runs after a baseball is thrown?

Is this what politics has degenerated to?

Posted by Greg on Nov. 06, 2010 @ 11:17 am