UPDATE: 2:30 P.M. KQED’s Cy Musiker attended an event today for the Asian Art Museum at which Newsom spoke. Afterwards, he talked to the media and was asked to comment on David Chiu’s rejecting an appointment to office of San Francisco District Attorney. Newsom said this:

Gavin Newsom on David Chiu’s rejection of D.A. appointment

You hear that? “We never knew that he was interested, so it hasn’t dramatically changed anything.”

Since a Chiu switcheroo from Board President to D.A. would have allowed Newsom to appoint a replacement for Chiu on the board, I’m not sure I would have put it that way.

Newsom also said that he was interviewing “two or three (other) people” for the position today.

Here’s a pretty standard-issue statement on the matter from Chiu today.

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Both the Examiner and the Chronicle’s City Insider blog report that SF Board President David Chiu has “withdrawn his name from consideration for the San Francisco District Attorney’s job.” The job became vacant when the previous D.A., Kamala Harris, won her election as California Attorney General.

If Chiu had accepted the appointment, Gavin Newsom would have been able to appoint a replacement supervisor just a few days before he vacates the mayoralty for the Lieutenant Governor’s post.

There was considerable speculation before and after Tuesday’s dust-up at the Board of Supervisors that Newsom would appoint Chiu as part of a deal to secure his vote for Ed Lee as interim mayor.

So why did Chiu not take the job? Well, KQED’s Tara Siler was at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce’s press conference today in support of Lee’s nomination. She spoke to the Chamber’s Rose Pak, who told her that Chiu will decline the job because he is going to run for mayor.

SF Board President David Chiu Turns Down D.A. Job 6 January,2011Jon Brooks


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of EconomyBeat.org, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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