Republican challenger Mike Moloney and Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, recently visited the Times for a joint interview with editors in advance of the Nov. 2 election.
Moloney, who’s run several times for the 12th Congressional District seat that Speier currently occupies, may not have a chance in this race, but he’s certainly good for a quote. He made several unusual comments in the course of the forum — most of them amusing, one of them a little off-color.
One thing you need to understand is Moloney does not shy away from referring to himself in the third person.
“If a guy like Mike Moloney gets the microphone, you will hear truth,” the Foster City resident said at one point, later adding, “Mike Moloney is a powerful voice.”
Toward the end of the session he leaned over and told Speier, “I admire your courage for coming in here today and going up against Mike Moloney.”
A couple times he made it clear he has nothing against Speier personally, he just disagrees with her positions on policy.
“I have to go after you (because) you’re hanging out with the wrong people, man!” he told her.
The comment that came off as inappropriate also had to do with how he likes Jackie as a person.
“If I met her in high school, I’d probably be president by now,” he said.
This struck as sexist, in a behind-every-successful-man-is-a-woman sort of way. When we called him to ask what he’d meant by it, he said he hadn’t intended any disrespect. He said Speier’s former mentor, the late Rep. Leo Ryan, was a hotheaded Irishman, just like he is, and he feels a certain kinship with her partly on that basis.
Besides, he told us, “I like flirting with Jackie Speier.”
Unclear how she feels about it.