Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018
 

Latest zany SF political ad features board prez gay chief of staff

Conor Johnston, chief of staff to SF Board President London Breed, plays a starring role in a campaign ad for his boss.

Conor Johnston, chief of staff to SF Board President London Breed, plays a starring role in a campaign ad for his boss.

Amidst the vitriol and personal attacks this election season, there have been less acrimonious aspects, at least in San Francisco.

State Senate opponents Jane Kim and Scott Wiener had a “Pokémon Go” face off this summer. (Kim won but both candidates ended up donating $500 each to a local charity.)

Gay District 7 supervisor candidate Joel Engardio, a journalist who pens a column for the San Francisco Examiner, released an online ad spoofing old Film Noir movies from the 1940s and 1950s. Dressed in a trench coat and fedora, Engardio is seen lurking around City Hall in the dark. He is trying to unseat the incumbent, Supervisor Norman Yee.

Drag queens have given Kim, who represents District 6 on the board, a full drag makeover, while other drag queens reworked a Katy Perry song on behalf of Wiener, a gay man who holds the District 8 board seat, and were slapped with a trademark violation by Sony.

Last week saw the release of a parody ad spoofing Wiener’s nerdiness. Featuring a bevy of B-list celebrities such as singer MC Hammer and Jaleel White, who played geeky next-door neighbor Steve Urkel on the TV show Family Matter, the twist on the TV show Full House was dubbed “cringe-worthy” by one critic.

Today the campaign of Board President London Breed, running for re-election to her District 5 seat, dropped its own zany ad titled “Styrofoam Monster.” It focuses on her passing legislation this summer to ban all forms of Styrofoam packaging in the city. It followed the 2007 ban on the city’s restaurants using polystyrene to-go food containers.

Portraying the video’s monster is Conor Johnston, Breed’s gay chief of staff. Dressed in an all white outfit mimicking Styrofoam, Johnston terrorizes (?) residents of Breed’s district until he runs into the supervisor, who is eating at the Fillmore’s Black Bark BBQ and steps outside to vanquish the monster.

“SF Board of Supervisors President London Breed just released the funniest campaign ad of the year (though perhaps I’m biased),” wrote Johnston in an email this morning releasing the video spot.

He told the Bay Area Reporter that he “is taking a couple days of vacation time for the last push before Election Day.” Breed is facing a strong challenge this year from tenants’ rights lawyer Dean Preston for her seat.

Breed’s video was filmed and edited by Cameron Washington of Russian Hill Projects.

— Matthew S. Bajko, November 4, 2016 @ 12:47 pm PST
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