Apparently state Senator Mark Leno is a major pasta fan, so much so that he can't imagine living in Noe Valley without local pasta shop Pasta Gina.[eBar: Political Notebook]
Or so says the openly gay lawmaker in an ad for the store in the March issue of the Noe Valley Voice. The shop apparently lifted the quote by Leno from an interview he gave the paper nine years ago when he served on the city's Board of Supervisors.
And it did so without the senator's permission, according to his office.
Leno was unaware his reply for where he liked to eat in the neighborhood was being used by the pasta shop to promote its business.
According to his staff, Leno does not typically make endorsements of private businesses, feeling it would be inappropriate to do so as a state senator. He planned to personally speak to shop owner Gene Ginsberg about the ad.
March 19, 2009
Mark Leno Vs. Pasta Gina