At the Giants’ ceremony a few minutes ago, Gavin Newsom just said something like, “The city’s going to need a new mayor soon, and I only have one thing to say: Fear the beard.”

KQED’s Scott Shafer has interpreted the comment as a shot at Aaron Peskin, the former President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and a frequent Newsom antagonist. (And vice-versa). Peskin has been mentioned as a possible contender to succeed Newsom should he win the Lieutenant Governorship, though one recent profile asserts his influence has waned.

A bearded Aaron Peskin, circa 2001 (AP)
  • Russell Nagle

    Really? You think he means Aaron Peskin and not the SF Giants Pitcher Brian Wilson? Hmmm… Okay.

  • buzz kill

    yikes, like the mayor’s office responded: really? this is bad reporting being amplified by contextless blogging. did you catch the game?

  • DinoSF

    I completely think that was the reference, particularly if you look at the exact quote. That’s what I thought when I heard it, but I figured virtually no one in the crowd would catch the subtlety.

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