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The Mayor’s Race: A Drinking Game

A short guide to a long few months. 

 

Amid all the indignation and umbrage you’ll hear between now and June, you’ll need a stiff drink. Bottoms up every time you hear…

“THE FIRST”
Whether it’s the first African American female mayor (Breed), the first gay mayor (Leno), or the first Asian American female mayor (Kim) in city history, the candidates will be trying to outtrailblaze one another.
Drink: A light aperitif like Aperol—it’s gonna be a long three months.

A LEATHER PANTS JOKE
Drink up anytime someone mentions Leno’s famed Folsomesque trousers— or do two if he’s spotted wearing them.
Drink: A boilermaker, but probably with light beer. How else can you fit into those pants?

A PROPOSAL TO RENAME SOMETHING FOR ED LEE
Breed called for Lee’s moniker to be attached to Portsmouth Square, and Alioto floated the idea of renaming Kearny Street in the late mayor’s honor.
Drink: A mind eraser—the perfect cocktail for forgetting all your previous complaints about Ed Lee.

A REFERENCE TO THE BROWN-CONWAY CONNECTION
Pour another one out whenever a candidate connects Breed to San Francisco’s political machine, especially via her decades-long relationship to the former mayor and her support from tech bogeyman Ron Conway.
Drink: Gin martini, very, very dirty.

“I GREW UP IN PUBLIC HOUSING”
Breed grew up in public housing, a fact she’s mentioned frequently— including at Mayor Ed Lee’s memorial, where she tied herself to Lee, who also grew up in the projects.
Drink: Champagne when you’re thirsty. As Biggie says, “Celebratin’ every day, no more public housing!”

“WE’RE LOSING THE SOUL OF SAN FRANCISCO“
Nothing new, and often hyperbolic. But in these times of $3,400 average rents, such refrains are as frequent, and loud, as ever. Cheers!
Drink: Anchor Steam on draft. Doesn’t get more soul restoring than that.'

Read more: Inside San Francisco's Very Personal, Very Competitive, and Very Fascinating Race for Mayor

 

Originally published in the March issue of San Francisco

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