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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has declared his candidacy for a four-year mayoral term after staunchly proclaiming that he would not run. What does Lee’s entrance mean to an already crowded race? And how will voters view his reversal?

Guests:
David Chiu, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and supervisor for District 3
Corey Cook, assistant professor of politics and director of the Leo McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at the University of San Francisco
Rachel Gordon, City Hall reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle

  • Fay

    Question: Did Willie and Rose backroom deal to get Ed in office as a
    “placeholder mayor” knowing they would engineer a run for mayor? Willie
    is well-regarded for wheeling and dealing – he is a master at it. Ed
    seems like a nice guy, but nice guys keep their word and Ed was approved
    for temporary  by the Board of Supervisors  above others like Sheriff
    Hennessey precisely b/c his word was trusted. Then strange things began
    happening: Willie Brown was suddenly on the scene introducing Ed at the
    Mayor’s City Hall inauguration. And since Ed’s first day in office,
    Willie Brown has been on the scene in many occasions, most recently at
    the Giants reception. Was Willie working his craft from the back room
    the whole time? Did Willie Brown engineer a back room deal (with Chiu
    only to screw Chiu) knowing he’d positioned Ed for a mayoral run?

    When the Ethics Commission began looking at the two Run End Run campaign
    groups, the Mayor’s Spokesperson Christine Falvey said “Mayor Ed Lee
    has no involvement in the ‘Run, Ed, Run campaign and he doesn’t know who
    their funders are.”  The seems incredible given his meetings with Rose
    and Willie – what do they discuss in their frequent meetings – knitting
    techiniques?  Ed’s claim that he doesn’t know whose money is in his own
    hat is about as believable as Rose Pak claiming she’s never heard of
    Recology/Sunset Scavenger!

    Fay Nissenbaum

    The City

  • pdquick

    It’s not so much that Ed Lee “changed his mind,” it’s that his campaign seems to be the result of business as usual in City Hall, with Ed Lee as the candidate-designee of big business. This is not a pro-neighborhood campaign at all; it’s a candidacy cooked in back rooms, with reports that Rose Pak has been shaking down city contractors. It’s no wau to run a city, and Ed Lee won’t wave my vote.

    • pdquick

      CORRECTED:
      (Corrects WAVE to HAVE)

      It’s not so much that Ed Lee “changed his mind,” it’s that his campaign seems to be the result of business as usual in City Hall, with Ed Lee as the candidate-designee of big business. This is not a pro-neighborhood campaign at all; it’s a candidacy cooked in back rooms, with reports that Rose Pak has been shaking down city contractors. It’s no wau to run a city, and Ed Lee won’t have my vote.

  • Chrisco

    I believe he only got the interim Mayor position under the promise of not running for mayor. Not cool.

  • Jeremy P

    Ed Lee running for Mayor is the story of the continuation of the Willie Brown and Gavin Newsom administrations. Ed Lee has kept the Mayor’s office virtually unchanged, including Steve Kawa, the long-time chief of staff for Brown and Newsom.

    I hope Rachel Gordon and the other City Hall reporters will dig further into Ed Lee’s role in the Willie Brown patronage machine. As City Purchaser, head of the Human Rights Commission, and City Administrator, it seems Ed Lee was involved in steering millions in City contracts to Brown-favored companies. San Francisco needs to more about this side of Ed Lee’s past.

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