San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee marches in his city's annual Gay Pride parade June 26, 2011.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee marches in his city's annual Gay Pride parade June 26, 2011. Jeff Chiu/AP
If the polling is accurate, San Francisco's interim Mayor Ed Lee doesn't really need much help to win election in his own right. A recent poll put him at 31 percent support and his closest competitor at 8 percent.
No matter. He's still gets plenty of help from a number of entertainment, sports and technology celebrities in an intentionally wacky campaign video that features MC Hammer (his 1991 hit "Too Legit to Quit, provides the soundtrack), Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, will.i.am, San Francisco Giant reliever Brian Wilson, and others.
The obviously popular Lee had promised he wouldn't seek a full-term but changed his mind. Hence, he's "too legit to quit."
While the mayor's race doesn't appear to have a lot of suspense, at least it generated this video.
It's also behind an interesting, interactive feature on the website of KQED public broadcasting whose radio station is a member of NPR. "Dear Mayor" allows citizens from across San Francisco what they'd like to see the next mayor achieve for the city and their neighborhoods.
Meanwhile, the San Francisco Chronicle SFgate.com had a comprehensive piece on the mayor's race. And Beth Spotswood, who writes for sfgate.com, has a humorous take on a Lee biography paperback that's been distributed in the city's neighborhoods. She cites several quotes as proof of the literary effort's weirdness, even by San Francisco standards:
1. "And his wackiness always came out in his cooking." – page 105
What kind of insane city are we living in where a book is literally thrown at your door in the hopes that you will vote a certain way in a local election and within that book is the phrase, "his wackiness always came out in his cooking"? Blame the internet all you want, but the official decline of civilization is, "his wackiness always came out in his cooking." In print.