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Friday, October 7, 2011

Michela Alioto-Pier Flyers: Wheelchair-Using Candidate Will "Stand Up and Fight For Us"

Posted By on Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 11:59 AM

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The adorable, sullen, and notably diverse kiddies on mayoral candidate Michela Alioto-Pier's flyers are nothing if not eye-catching. Also eye-catching, however, is the text alongside them: "Who will stand up and fight for us?"

The term "stand up" is awkward. You don't exactly have to be a political insider to know Alioto-Pier is a wheelchair-user and one of the city's foremost advocates for the disabled. And if you didn't, the ad's photos of the candidate clear that up.

Our messages for Alioto-Pier were returned by campaign adviser Sterling Clifford. Asked if the wording was intentional, he paused and then burst out laughing. "I cannot believe I did not make that connection until right this second when you mentioned it." 

The ad, he continued "was looked at and approved by Michela and everyone else. I don't think we discussed that particular idiom. It's not in any e-mail thread I saw or conversation I was part of."

Clifford noted that "Who will stand up and fight for us?" is "a well-known and understood phrase."

Sure, but so is "Who will fight for us?" To this, Clifford agreed.

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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