Brian Wilson, MC Hammer claim Mayor Ed Lee is ‘Too Legit to Quit’ 

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Politicians have been known to pay top dollar for trained consultants to devise pithy political mottos for their advertising. Sometimes, these phrases are borrowed from past campaigns, and other times — at least in the case of Mayor Ed Lee — they were written 20 years ago by MC Hammer.

In what will likely prove to be the most viral Internet item of the San Francisco mayoral race, celebrities including Giants closing pitcher Brian Wilson, will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, ex-49er Ronnie Lott and Hammer himself, appear in a YouTube video claiming that although Lee is only the interim mayor, he is clearly “Too Legit to Quit.”

The black-bearded Wilson appears on a San Francisco rooftop dancing in Hammer-style parachute pants and wearing an orange and black T-shirt that says “Fear the Mustache.” He postulates that anyone named Lee is inherently “kind of sweet.”



“Bruce Lee. Tommy Lee. Sara Lee. Möt-lee ... Crüe,” Wilson says.
    
The video, which also features tech company luminaries from Twitter, Google and YouTube, was no doubt partly engineered by former Mayor Willie Brown, who also appears in the piece and recently learned about street dance moves with Hammer in San Francisco, according to his weekly column.

An independent expenditure committee called San Franciscans for Jobs and Good Government — led by prolific Silicon Valley tech investor Ron Conway — paid for the video, which was posted to the site Monday.

dschreiber@sfexaminer.com

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