A political comic strip/hit-piece lampooning Cupertino Mayor Gilbert Wong was sent to 7,200 Cupertino voters over the weekend, just two days before the city’s election on Tuesday. Titled “The Adventures of Gilbert Wrong, Mayor of Cupertino,” the comic strip sets out four different scenarios in which Wong is contacted by a secretary with someone waiting to bend the mayor’s ear. The people in waiting include: land developers; the late Steve Jobs, because Apple’s headquarters is in Cupertino; a cement-plant manager; and concerned parents of school children. A group called Cupertino Against Corruption sent out the email blast, and Wong wasn’t the only person called out by name. Marty Miller, a planning commissioner also running for council, was labeled in the email as someone beholden to developer interests as well. A consistent message in the political ad is Wong’s interest in free WiFi, an Apple store and iPads for his supporters—causing Jobs to ask, “What am I, your uncle?”—and disinterest in environmental concerns over the Lehigh Permanente quarry and cement plant. Those who remember the dog days of summer might recall Cupertino Councilmember Barry Chang being reprimanded by Jeff Smith, the Santa Clara County chief executive, for his fierce clashes with colleagues over the quarry. Not that we’re saying Chang had anything to do with the comic strip.
UPDATE: Wong was re-elected mayor of Cupertino, while Miller lost a close race to Ron Sinks.