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)
Newsom’s “Fear the Beard” Comment Aimed at Peskin? 3 November,2010Jon Brooks

  • 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.


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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