Chiu on This

Troublemaker H. Brown makes trouble in District 3 supes race.

After failing to convince San Francisco media that District 3 supervisorial candidate David Chiu is a Republican agent who helped elect George Bush, perennial homeless-candidate-with-a-Web-site H. Brown is accusing the media of a conspiracy of silence.

We're all in on it: the Chron, BeyondChron, and the Examiner have teamed up with the Guardian and Asian Week to bury the evidence, because nothing brings those guys together like an election.

Brown, who lives in an SRO in District 6 but is running for supervisor in District 3 on the grounds that it isn't a real residence (yes, this is really happening), has been lobbing accusations that Chiu worked for the National Rifle Association and the Christian Coalition. (Is it true? Short answer: No. Long answer: NO!)

But as Brown rails that we in the media are ignoring the evidence he Googled, politicos are left scratching their heads wondering: What got into Brown? He'll be the first to admit he comes out of far left field, but why would he accuse a man whom lefty stalwarts Aaron Peskin, Ross Mirkarimi, Tom Ammiano, and Chris Daly all vouch for of not being progressive enough?

That's right, Daly endorsed Chiu. Short of drinking Noam Chomsky's blood from a goblet of recycled hemp, how can you beat that? What's going on?

The most common theory is that Brown is working for the Alioto clan, which is running one of its own against Chiu (Joe Alioto Jr.). Brown is friends with former supervisor Angela Alioto, but he adamantly denies being an agent for the Alioto clan. "I adore Angela," he said, "but I've never supported any of the Aliotos for office: I even supported [Matt] Gonzalez against Angela."

Fair point. Other attempts to connect Brown to players with an agenda against Chiu also wind up dry: Chiu doesn't have a lot of enemies.

The weirdest answer of all — that Brown really means it — might just be the right one. Chiu co-founded Grassroots Enterprise, a technology company that licenses software for use in political campaigns. Grassroots has two board members (whom Chiu said were appointed over his objections) with conservative ties, so plenty of Google hits mention both "Grassroots Enterprise" and "Christian Coalition" or "NRA," but none say that the one worked for the other. SF Weekly contacted the most recent conservative cause Brown has accused Grassroots of working with — the anti-gay Alliance Defense Fund — and it categorically denied ever having worked with Grassroots or Chiu. Which is not to say Grassroots has never had a conservative client — Chiu admits that about six percent of its customers lean right — but that hardly makes them the center of a Republican web of lies.

Still, Brown vows to keep pushing against Chiu, at least through August 1. At that point he plans to drop his race for District 3 supervisor and run for the school board instead. That way, he says, he can use his status as a veteran to shield the board from charges that it's anti-military for trying to get rid of the ROTC program.

No doubt the school board is thrilled.

 
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