Gavin Newsom’s office took issue with Scott Shafer’s perhaps Freudian analysis of the Mayor’s “Fear the beard” comment at the Giants’ ceremony today. From an email sent to Scott by Newsom press secretary Tony Winnicker:

Honestly? Do you really think the inside baseball of City Hall and Peskin would deserve a mention in the Mayor’s remarks about the World Series? Wow. I can assure you that no one was further from Mayor Newsom’s mind when he said “Fear the Beard” than Aaron Peskin. He was suggesting Brian Wilson should be considered for Mayor, which the Mayor and Wilson joked about in City Hall before everyone went out on stage.

So there you have it…


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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