Tubbs makes Forbes’ 30 Under 30

Mayor Michael Tubbs appears in Forbes magazine’s December “30 Under 30″ issue of up-and-coming leaders and innovators — dressed in $13,283 worth of designer clothes.

“Few American cities have the same notoriety as Stockton, California,” begins Forbes, which did much to enhance that notoriety by twice declaring Stockton America’s Most Miserable City. “Native son Michael Tubbs, the city’s youngest-ever mayor and the first African-American to hold that office, would very much like to change that.”

A postcript details Tubbs’ clothing.

The optics of this — well, they play into the meme that Tubbs has forsaken his roots for the elite.

“11k suit but has yet to do jack in this city but lie and try to sell off land to his buddies,” says Anthony Mignone II on Facebook

Tubbs spokesperson Daniel Lopez said, “When they called him up and said he was going to be selected, was honored. They set up a photo shoot for him. They provide the wardrobe. They took the picture, he got out of the suit and left. They kept the suit.”

Lopez thinks the honor is a good thing. “Before they called us America’s Most Miserable City. Now at least they’re saying we’re moving in the right direction.”

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