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The Commander Strikes Again

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By Gilbert Garcia

Let's be diplomatic about this: Michael Idrogo is a slightly eccentric mayoral candidate.

We gave the Navy veteran the benefit of the doubt when he insisted that this year's election ballot show his name as "Michael 'Commander' Idrogo." The red flags started going off, however, when his website indicated that, as mayor, he'd be able to use his connections to big-name Milan fashion designers to bring major fashion shows and boutiques to SA.

This week, with Idrogo's press release (sent to just about every news outlet in town) that California Attorney General Jerry Brown had shut down a pro-Julian Castro blog powered by Google (according to Idrogo, Brown was prepared to shut down Google itself, if the search engine didn't comply with his demands), things got positively surreal.

Idrogo's claim sounded weird and incomprehensible, but we put in a call to the Cali AG's office just in case the Commander was on to something. Sure enough, Scott Gerber, spokesman for the California Attorney General's office, told us that Brown had taken no such action. "I don't know of anything along these lines, and I have no idea why it would be in our jurisdiction," he said with a laugh.

Neither do we, and we're willing to guess that Idrogo doesn't have any answers either. The Commander has not responded to QueBlog's questions about the issue, but we'll keep you posted.

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