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

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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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Michela is unqualified to be Mayor of SF.  Her only claim to fame is a popular Grandfather.  I remember her loss recently when she lived in Marin County.  

Able Dart
Able Dart

We're discussing this over at The Wall too. Pretty much with Ryan here, Michela's campaign is either tone deaf or cynical, and then making foof over this article is just cynical.


Just got an email from Michela's campaign reprinting this post with the headline, "This is what we're up against," and then demanding a campaign contribution. Gosh, she's a slime bucket.

Ryan Chamberlain
Ryan Chamberlain

That flyer has literally been sitting in front of me as I wondered how to respectfully ask the question among other politicos about that wording. Clearly they had to have done that on purpose, right? To make a point? To bait people...call them out for noticing, in a "colorblind" you're-not-supposed-to-notice-color/race/religion/orientation/disability sort of way? BS. You're not supposed to "judge"...but it's silly to think a person's various characteristics aren't noticed. As an affected person, MA-P has been a champion for disability policy, and has thus made it one of her defining characteristics. We're not supposed to notice when the candidate who makes her inability to stand a centerpiece of her public service asks the question, "who will stand up?" I don't think a single SF voter would use disability as a decision making criteria, but why would you ask them that question?

Weird situation. Just weird. I'm confused.

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