The patio of San Jose’s Mezcal restaurant was chock full of local public officials and other political celebs last Friday evening for Sam Liccardo’s 40th birthday bash/campaign kick-off party. US Rep. Zoe Lofgren, recently named as a possible candidate to replace Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, made a surprise appearance—no word as to whether she ate any of the restaurant’s famous fried grasshoppers.
Owing to the fact that Sam’s birthday is smack in the middle of election season, his shindig attracted many friends who are themselves locked in campaign battles: supes candidate Teresa Alvarado, a Liccardo ally, was in attendance, as was Sam’s controversial new pal, DA contender Jeff Rosen. Of note was Liccardo’s cake, which featured an image of the downtown councilman dressed up as a bright-pink whoopee cushion—a costume he wore for the 2009 Silicon Valley Turkey Trot. He won that race. Of course, he was younger then.
Meanwhile, a Facebook group has been launched to attack Tim Hennessey, the former doorman and security guard challenging for Liccardo’s council seat. The group’s creators appear to come from Hennessey’s primary voter base, the downtown nightclub scene—they occasionally “quote” Hennessey from conversations and quips overheard at local bars. “We are the people who got banned from this guy’s page,” the description states. “We got kicked off for speaking our minds.” They note that they have no affiliation to Liccardo: “We’re just pissed off at Timmmey!”
The group features a photo of the wheelchair-riding, cognitively disabled South Park character who shares Hennessey’s first name, and is no-so-subtly titled: “I Bet This Group Gets More Members Than Tim Hennessey Gets Votes.” For his part, Hennessey’s personal Facebook profile continues to list him as a fan of Sarah Palin and “Anything About Guns.” And his campaign website? That’s still under construction. “Please check back periodically!,” it says, as it has since last summer.