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The Past is Prologue

Sep
3
2003

Writing in The Ex, Samson Wong (redirects to the Ex’s mainpage), serves up a little bit of electioneering history for those of you just getting interested in San Francisco politics.
Green Party Mayoral candidate Matt Gonzalez likes being a spoiler — the guy who comes in at the last minute and makes a strong showing — because it’s worked for him in the past, Wong says. The ploy gets Gonzalez media attention (that’s G-O-N…) which boosts his name recognition which helps him with his next race. It’s kinda like what Supervisor and Mayoral Candidate Tom Ammiano was hoping his last bid for the mayor’s seat would do for his current campaign.
Wong ends with this prediction, one that’s becoming very easy to make: “There is the increased likelihood that Alioto, Ammiano and Gonzalez will turn against one another to finish in second place,” to face Newsom in the December run-off.

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