Last weekend, Supervisor Mark Farrell threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the home opener of our beloved Giants. If that doesn’t inspire some of you to run for office, I don’t know what will. Farrell now joins the ranks of politicians such as President Bill Clinton, who threw out the first pitch at the new AT&T Park in 2000, and then-Vice President Richard Nixon, who threw out the first pitch at Candlestick Park in 1960.
Unlike Nixon and Clinton, Farrell is at least a born-and-raised San Franciscan. That makes him an anomaly in San Francisco politics, where our mayor is from Seattle and a majority of our supervisors were born elsewhere. Even the very face of the “San Francisco liberal,” U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, was almost 30 when she moved here after living in Maryland and New York.
This week, a recording surfaced of a strategy meeting between U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and campaign aides where they played a recording of rumored political candidate Ashley Judd saying, “San Francisco is my American city home,” prompting one to sneer, “So basically she claims San Francisco is her home. She also earlier in that clip says she has a 415 area code on her cellphone, which is also a San Francisco number.”
Busted! Dispatch the San Francisco tax assessor! Or not, since it’s fairly clear that Judd was speaking metaphorically about our fair city. Apparently McConnell’s job, which consists of occasionally visiting Kentucky while living in or near Washington, D.C., for years at a time, has given him a very flexible concept of the word “home.”
Well, we San Franciscans don’t much care if you call Jupiter “home.” Anyone is welcome to run for office here as long as you live here for 30 days, are nice to animals and rarely wear a suit. Which is why so many people feel at home — even visitors like Judd.