"I am a self-proclaimed radical, but my definition is one who gets to the roots of issues, not someone who is a firebomb thrower."
— Chris Daly before being elected to board of supervisors in a December 2000 runoff.
"Although I will never apologize for my passion, I do regret my contribution to the lack of decorum at Friday's meeting, and for that I apologize."
— Daly in a handwritten note delivered to Willie Brown after nearly getting into a fistfight with the 67-year-old mayor. The episode occurred in Daly's first year in office.
"Up yours, Jake McGoldrick!"— Residential Builders Association president (and Willie Brown ally) Joe O'Donoghue after the new board majority passed a moratorium on live-work lofts in 2001. O'Donoghue, who was escorted out of the chambers, also decried "those left-wing wackos who've taken over the Board of Supervisors."
"Not true. Not true. Didn't happen."
— Daly to the Chronicle in June 2002. A police officer who had arrested Daly at a protest at Hastings College of the Law accused the supervisor of threatening, "I will have your job."
— Daly to a landlord advocate during a November 2004 public hearing on tenants' rights.
"Yeah, I'll kiss your ass, right after I kick it."
— Daly to McGoldrick in January 2005 after McGoldrick didn't vote for Daly's proposed $100,000 aid package for victims of the Southeast Asia tsunami.
"Maybe we should examine legalization ... and recognize contractual, consensual sex has always been, and will always be, a part of human culture."
— McGoldrick during an October 2006 debate over a law regulating massage parlors doubling as brothels. McGoldrick opposed the ordinance. He is currently backing Proposition K, which would decriminalize prostitution in the city.
"The mayor of San Francisco artfully dodges every question about allegations of his own cocaine use."
— Daly in June 2007, finding the worst possible way to lobby against Mayor Gavin Newsom's proposed public health cuts for substance abuse treatment for the poor.
"In my estimation, the Supervisor had been drinking because his words were not clear. I never did understand what the purpose of his call was."
— Port Director Monique Moyer in an August 2007 letter to the city's acting human resources director complaining about getting harassing phone calls from Aaron Peskin. According to the letter, the port and Peskin had been at odds over a bill in the Legislature. In another call, Moyer alleged, Peskin threatened he was "going after" her.
"[Picket] their houses in Tiburon and at their bar mitzvahs."
— Gerardo Sandoval urging San Franciscans to confront CEOs of large firms, including Pacific Bell, PG&E, Charles Schwab, and the San Francisco Giants, which had sued the city alleging illegal business taxes in April 2001. The remark was later used against Sandoval in his re-election campaign when his critics sent out a mailer featuring an image of a swastika suggesting Sandoval was anti-Semitic.
"I'm an activist. I had an opportunity, and I took it.''
— Daly after making the unprecedented move to appoint two allies to the Public Utilities Commission while Mayor Willie Brown was away from City Hall in Tibet in October 2003.
"Smash the State."
— A graffiti installation on display in Matt Gonzalez' City Hall office in December 2004.
"Payback is a bitch."
— Peskin to Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier in October 2007. According to Alioto-Pier, the board president made the comment after he switched a vote to deep-six an Alioto-Pier proposal — supposedly in retaliation for her refusal to support Prop. A, Peskin's transportation measure.
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