Friday, February 29, 2008

Mike Padilla for Mayor

I had to smile when I saw the headline of the AP article yesterday, "Nader chooses Matt Gonzalez as his running mate." The article goes on to say:
Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader selected Matt Gonzalez, a former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, to be his running mate.

Nader, who launched his fourth White House bid last weekend, made the announcement Thursday at a news conference. The Texas-born Gonzalez ran for mayor of San Francisco as a Green Party candidate in 2003 but lost to Democrat Gavin Newsom after a surprisingly close runoff election. Gonzalez, a lawyer, has been largely inactive in city politics since then.

In my most recent novel, Runoff, I have a character--Mike Padilla--campaigning for mayor in a San Francisco runoff election who is described thusly :
Up on the dais a guy in overalls was making an impassioned plea about halting gentrification of the Mission District. Padilla was seated at a table beside him. He wore a rumpled suit and had a frizzy Prince Valiant haircut, which apparently was his way of distinguishing himself from the polished, GQ look of Hunter Lowdon.
Of course, my Green Party candidate for mayor is based on my friend Mike Padilla, who was a member of my first writers group.


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