In February, U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina became the subject of national media ridicule when she released a YouTube video attacking Republican primary opponent Tom Campbell as a FCINO, or “Fiscal-Conservative-in-Name-Only.” Her visual metaphor: Campbell was a creepy sheep with glowing red-eyes.
Now, the “Demon Sheep” is back, this time in a hilarious mock film trailer, “Demon Sheep II: The Fleecing of California” and website (demonsheepmovies.com) released by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
The video portrays Fiorina as a gussied-up ewe and cites her controversial performance as the head of Hewlett Packard, including layoffs, private jets and being named one of the Worst American CEOs by Condé Nast Portofolio. The DSCC wins six daisies, one for each A in the ominous voiceover and tagline: “Carly has been very, very B-A-A-A-A-A-A-D.”
Elsewhere in video news, two Republican candidates are dueling on YouTube over who will be the biggest loser in the race to challenge U.S. Rep. Susan Davis.
Michael Crimmins has launched a spoof campaign site (masonweaverforcongress.com) for his opponent C. Mason Weaver, calling the African-American Republican a liar and other defamatory names we won't repeat here. In retaliation, last week Weaver uploaded a cheesy YouTube video, calling Crimmins' web page a “hate site.” The same day, Crimmins released an almost identical video: Both use crappy popular music (Weaver chose Kanye West's “Heartless”; Crimmins uses Saliva's “Always”) and call for Republicans to elect a “positive candidate.”
That candidate may very well be Mari Fink, a seventh-generation San Diegan who this week released her first two radio ads, outlining her party-line positions on job creation and healthcare. Fink wins a rose this week, as does Davis, who spent Mother's Day in Afghanistan meeting with military personnel and Afghan women.
City Council District 2 candidate Patrick Finucane has released his solution to the Floatopia Loophole—the phenomenon of thousands of bare-bodied students getting hammered on a raft island in Mission Bay in order to subvert the city's beach-booze ban.
The idea: Issue day-use alcohol permits to beachgoers at $25 a pop, which Finucane estimates could produce up to $10 million in new revenue for the city. Drinkers would have to submit to a quick background check for alcohol-related citations, which would keep irresponsible boozers away from public beaches.
While Finucane's chances of beating incumbent Kevin Faulconer are about as good as Justin Bieber making CityBeat's list of the top 10 artists of 2010, his provocative proposal wins a beach blossom.
Degree of truth
City Council candidate Lorie Zapf scored big by winning The San Diego Union-Tribune's endorsement this week, and we issue her opponents Steve Hadley and Howard Wayne each a turd for getting caught flip-flopping on the issue of outsourcing.
But the Union-Tribune ought to have inspected Zapf's qualifications a bit closer: On her candidate statement filed with the City Clerk, she says she holds a master's degree in business. On her website, Zapf claims to hold “a master's degree in marketing from the University of Denver's School of Business.”
Both are untrue. The University of Denver registrar says Zapf has a “Master's in Applied Communication,” and it's not from the university's prestigious Daniels School of Business (ranked No. 3 in the country for small MBA programs); rather, it's from University College, the “adult education” branch.
When CityBeat contacted Zapf, the candidate acknowledged that, “For the sake of brevity, the campaign chose to state the degree was in business,” earning her a stinker. She added: “It would be unfair to minimize my degree as only general applied communication because I customized it to include business marketing as the foundation of my degree and thesis…. The website reference to the wrong school within the correct university was a staff error.”
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