Gavin Newsom Cruises to Victory. Kamala Harris Tossup. Political Bedlam to Ensue in S.F.
|The Giants are coming home, and Gavin is leaving it|
District Attorney Kamala Harris, meanwhile, is locked in a too-close-to-call race for state attorney general with Republican Steve Cooley. While The Chronicle actually ran a web headline declaring Cooley the winner, returns as of 7:09 a.m. show Harris with a supermodel-thin, 36,000-vote lead. This comes on the heels of Cooley actually declaring victory yesterday, as vote totals throughout the night showed him on top. Well, what a difference a day makes. Cooley's anointment as our next AG by the Chron lasted for all of half an hour, it would seem.
The departure of San Francisco's mayor -- and, possibly, the D.A. -- is certain to ignite a political gladiatorial contest.
|The Chron actually called the AG race for Steve Cooley at midnight -- which no one would think to do now. This was odd, as the paper held off on calling the Senate race for Barbara Boxer.|
As it stands, it will probably be the current board -- not the one sworn in in January -- that selects the next mayor. Anyone who resides in the city can be named to succeed Newsom; the only stipulation is that supes cannot vote for themselves. Board president David Chiu becomes acting mayor in the event of a deadlock. Chiu is a striver -- and, as you'd expect of a man with three Harvard degrees, wicked smart. He may find a way to make that job stick.
Many procedural questions must be answered before the politicking commences, however. It is still not 100 percent certain that the Board in its current incarnation will be the one selecting the next mayor. And it is also uncertain which mayor -- Newsom or his successor -- would name Harris' potential successor.
Pick your cliches -- knives in the back, tossings under the bus -- and expect plenty of it in San Francisco politics in the coming months.