Shortly after Supervisor Chris Daly’s Facebook update heard across SF, Examiner columnist Ken Garcia made the following pledge:

Daly will get no space in my column until he stops swearing at public meetings or until the board censures him.

Reading this at the time, I thought “yes, and I vow not to eat bread every week! But it is cheap and filling and in the moment I do not care that it is not good for me.”

And as I relate to crap carbs, so Garcia seemingly relates to Supervisor Daly, as not even a month later, Daly makes his column, equating the BoS’s move to remove control of SF’s budget from the Mayor and give it to, well, themselves as “the equivalent of giving Supervisor Chris Daly the keys to San Francisco’s vault and telling him to spend responsibly — and then waiting for the bankruptcy filing to arrive.”

Has Daly regained enough grace in Garcia’s eyes to merit re-inclusion in his column already? Of course I asked Garcia, who responded via email:

I think most people would agree that the words “grace” and “Daly” should never be included in the same sentence. But after he gave up his “resolution” to swear at every public hearing, I dropped my vow to ban him from my column until he stopped. And he does make such a fine poster child for oh so many things…

Daly, who called us before we heard from Garcia, says that his swift return to Garcia’s column is proof that “I have a little more self-restraint than Ken Garcia.”

But has Daly sworn off swearing in meetings? “I’m not fucking ruling it out” said Daly. “If the situation merits it, I certainly will.”

God, just writing this makes me want to eat a whole loaf of that Acme pain au levain. You know what I’m talking about.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Greg Dewar

    the personality politics the mainstream papers engage in is silly. Daly won’t even be in office in less than a year. And who cares if he swears? the City’s misplaced priorities and leaderless mayor are more obscene than any f word.

  • bloomsm

    Actually, as the parent of school-aged children, it would be nice if our so-called “leaders” could refrain from using obscenities. We’re supposed to imparting leadership in addition to brass-knuckle politics. Daly is like a 10-year-old who just figured out the pull-my-finger joke.

  • Chris Daly
  • bloomsm

    See! If you curse in front of kids in my house, you have to put money in a jar. Maybe we could start a jar at City Hall. You know, whenever someone curses they have to put a $1 into the Rainy Day Fund.