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Dear Mayor Ed Lee, I Challenge You to a Debate!

Updated: Sep 23, 2015 22:41
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Dear Mayor Ed Lee –

I challenge you to a debate. You and me pal, mustache y mustache. Yeah I can grow a mean one too, but I reserve those powers for special occasions and this might just be one of them.


Not a current photo. This is from November of last year.

Actually I just wanted to get that joke out of the way. Here’s the truth:

You are not running unopposed, despite what some of the local rags have said. There are strong, dedicated people who care about this city and are heartbroken at the direction it has gone under your leadership. People like Amy Farah Weiss, Francisco Herrera, and myself*. People who are dedicated not only to The City itself, but also to the idea that San Francisco is for everyone, not just the wealthy elite.

And because of that, because we each raised the $5,700 to run for mayor in a system that tries to keep poor people out of office, and because we are on the ballot and are actually, literally, putting our money where are mouths are, it’s your duty to debate us. You’re a member of the Democratic Party right? Well there is no Democracy without debate.

I know you know who I am. You’ve seen me in the Examiner, the Chronicle, SFist and many other news outlets. Plus you’ll be seeing me very soon on Al Jazeera and maybe even CNN. I am for real and I am one of your opponents, and I challenge you to meet myself and the rest of the mayoral candidates on October 8th at The League of Women Voters Candidate Forum.

By not attending, you’ll be showing the world that, not only do you not value the political system that runs our city, but also, that you know my mustache is better than yours.

Hope to see you there Mr. Mayor.


“Broke-Ass” Stuart Schuffman

*Reed Martin and Kent Graham are also running but I have barely heard a peep from either of them.


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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

He's been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle, "an SF cult hero":SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York.


  1. cris
    September 18, 2015 at 11:41 am

    GOOD JOB! I will be there to cheer you on, Stuart…even if I have to take a vacation day!

  2. Auntie Techy
    September 27, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    this here I believe is how I view Ed “shrimp boy lover” Lee

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