David Chiu Gets 'Do Not F*ck With Me' Letter from Mayoral Opponent

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Villa-Lobos loves Gavin Newsom, dislikes David Chiu
David Villa-Lobos, San Francisco's perennial candidate, fired off a letter to Supervisor David Chiu, warning his mayoral opponent: "Do Not Fuck With Me."

The off beat Villa-Lobos claims that Chiu's campaign recently "stormed" down Polk Street asking merchants to remove Villa-Lobos' campaign signs that were plastered in the district. Villa-Lobos told SF Weekly that merchants said that Chiu's volunteers ordered them to remove roughly two dozen signs -- and so they did.

In some cases, Chiu was with the female volunteers who demanded the signs come down, Villa-Lobos said.

Villa-Lobos then went home and typed out an e-mail to his opponent, calling him a manipulator, a con-artist, and a liar. He told Chiu to tell his campaign staff to back-off or else.

"I'm going down there on Monday to file an investigation with the Ethics Commission," Villa-Lobos told SF Weekly today.  

Chiu's campaign called the accusations, "completely ludicrous."

"All I know is this claim is 100 percent unfounded -- there's not a single element of truth to it," said Nicole Derse, Chiu's campaign spokeswoman. "Campaigns bring strange things out in people."

Villa-Lobos spent Friday putting up new signs along Polk Street, a cost that he says is coming out of his own pocket.

And therein lies the issue. What are the two things people fight about, asks Jim Ross, a local political consultant.

"Money," Ross said, adding that people could figure what the second issue is. Sex.

And signs cost a lot of money, Ross said.

The stress of campaigning, indeed, brings out the erratic and unstable sides of candidates. Add an eccentric character to the field and there's sure to be political drama, he said.

"Running for office is a very challenging thing, asking people for their vote and support is challenging," Ross said. "And under that stress, some people don't react or respond in the best manner."

So why would a seasoned pol like Chiu bother with a fringe candidate like Villa-Lobos, who is like the Alan Keyes of the mayor's race?

"I don't think David Chiu would," Ross said. "I kinda think he's busy -- being the president of the Board of Supervisors and running for mayor takes up the bulk of his waking hours."

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Guest_SF
Guest_SF

I agree with this Ross guy. I think Chiu (and his campaign) have more important things to deal with then taking signs down on one street for one candidate. Time to start covering how these candidates might actually handle real issues if elected Mayor.

sfsanity
sfsanity

I'm bored, so I'll comment. Strange as it may seem, Villa Lobos is the more seasoned candidate. Now, effective, is another story...

VictoriaC
VictoriaC

Is this the kind of coverage we can expect from SF Weekly on the Mayoral race? This is a non-issue involving a fringe candidate Villa-Lobos trying to get any attention to himself. Pretty pathetic. I might as well send Villa-Lobos my own letter telling him to stop stealing campaign buttons from senior citizens wearing other candidates' campaign buttons since this seems as plausible as his accusations. And then maybe I should file a stupid Ethics complaint just to waste more people's time.

h. brown
h. brown

Erin,

Why are you quoting Jim Ross? And, Nicole Derse? Did you ask any of the merchants or would that have required you to get off your ass? You're supposed to be impartial. Or, at least I'll bet your boss thinks you're supposed to be impartial.

So, what did the merchants say?

C'mon, Erin. What did the merchants say?

go Giants!

h.

Polk resident
Polk resident

David Villa Lobos is full of shit. I think I saw one sign of his on Polk in the last month- @ a smoke shop.

Polk Resident
Polk Resident

Villa-Lobos's wife supervised-executed the posting of signs, her count-documenting of sign posting on Polk was 18 signs, none of which were at a smoke shop. Now who's full of shit.

njudah
njudah

people do indeed do crazy things. But the craziest tend to come from the candidates the press label as "mainstream" or "sane." Frank Jordan in the shower, anyone?

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