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Chicken John, The Other White Mayor

From: Eric Zassenhaus
Length: 03:46

Chicken John is running for second place for San Francisco Mayor. He's been laughed at on Fox News, and called a dwarf by The San Francisco Chronicle, yet his campaign follows in the footsteps of a San Francisco political tradition: politics as gonzo theater.

982703480f2bfd97edd_small Chicken John is running for second place for San Francisco Mayor. He's been laughed at on Fox News, and called a dwarf by The San Francisco Chronicle, yet his campaign follows in the footsteps of a San Francisco political tradition: politics as gonzo theater.

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Chicken John is running for second place for San Francisco Mayor. He's been laughed at on Fox News, and called a dwarf by The San Francisco Chronicle, yet his campaign follows in the footsteps of a San Francisco political tradition: politics as gonzo theater.

Transcript

Chicken John

EZ: In the race for San Francisco mayor, the competition isn't exactly heating up. Incumbent Gavin Newsom is in the lead by a wide, wide margin, but a dark horse candidate is running hard for second place. His name is Chicken John Rinaldi, a local San Francisco artist, promoter, and showman. I went to visit him in his home in San Francisco's Mission District. (:23)

[AMBY: door opening... sounds of entering home.]
EZ: (low volume) I've always wondered what this place was... (:05)

EZ: Inside is a beautiful loft space crowded with bits and pieces of Chicken's past projects, a wood balcony, and a table, where a kind of ghastly puppet version of Gavin Newsom sits, his head leaning back and his red puppet mouth gaping open. (:15)

CJ: This is the Gavin puppet for the debate... (:03)

EZ: That's Chicken John. (:02)

CJ: Gavin won't debate me,...
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