Maybe he's just trying to quash last week's rumor in the bed so that his
puppet good friend Ed Lee doesn't get any serious traction for the position of U.S. Ambassador to China and stays at City Hall next year, but Willie Brown is floating his own rumors in this week's "Willie's World" column.
This one's a twofer. Brown suggests both that Senator Dianne Feinstein is a far more appropriate candidate for the ambassadorship than Lee, and he hints at who might be Governor Jerry Brown's first-choice appointment to fill the vacant Senate seat.
If anyone should be offered the Beijing posting, it's Sen. Dianne Feinstein. She was the first mayor to establish a Sister City relationship with Shanghai, and she chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, so she's well aware of the challenges and tensions of our relationship with China.
It would be a fitting sunset for a great career. Plus, it would give Gov. Jerry Brown the chance to appoint his wife, Anne Gust Brown, as Feinstein's replacement in the Senate.
Whether this is rumor floating, informed hinting, or some combination of the two, we'll have to wait and see. But, he adds, "Even Rose Pak was laughing" at the Ed Lee rumor.
In related news, Anne Gust Brown was just flatteringly profiled in the New York Times two weeks ago where they noted that she's never been a first lady, but rather is the governor's top aide and quiet advisor. Also, they quote Feinstein as "a longtime friend of the governor" who claims she's responsible for him finally proposing to Anne after dating her for ten years. "I wrote him a letter saying you’re going to be old, sick and alone someday because Anne is not going to put up with this, and there is nobody that is better for you than her," says Feinstein.