Ed Lee to Run for S.F. Mayor

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Ed: I'll run, run, run!
Former Supervisor Chris Daly wasted no time after hearing the news that Mayor Ed Lee was planning to do an about-face and run for mayor. He's orchestrating a quasiprotest today outside City Hall, where he and others plan to call Lee a "big liar" while the interim mayor finalizes the paperwork to declare his candidacy.

"Ed Lee never 'changed his mind,'" Daly writes. "Rose [Pak] and Willie [Brown] have had him running since the beginning. Ed Lee is a liar and should be greeted as such. Our first opportunity will be this morning as Ed Lee pulls papers to run for Mayor."

The former city administrator was elevated to interim mayor when Gavin Newsom left his job as mayor a year early to assume his state post as lieutenant governor. At the time, Lee was appointed largely because he pledged he would not seek a full four-year term, and rather remain a caretaker mayor.

Lee, 59, also acknowledged that his backpedaling might frustrate his relations with city supervisors -- who were operating under the assumption that he would be nothing more than a seat-filler through the end of the year. Two supervisors, David Chiu and John Avalos, are running for mayor. Chiu has had a strong alliance with Lee, helping to spearhead his moderate agenda -- most visibly, tax breaks for Twitter. But now Chiu is understandably shaken up by Lee's move.

"Our successes this year have been based on trust, and many San Franciscans share the widespread disappointment that Ed Lee has broken his promise to our city," Chiu told the Chron

Lee's announcement, incidentally, comes on the same day the Ethics Commission is holding a hearing to discuss the curious Run, Ed, Run campaign and its financial activity. Candidates have accused Rose Pak, who is the mastermind behind Run, Ed, Run, of making a mockery of the law by operating an illegal campaign to get Lee elected.

Meanwhile, Lee is planning to join the Castro District candidates' forum tonight.

Finally, the race has gotten interesting.

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CityGal
CityGal

All bad candidates...we live in a city of mediocrity.

Outland10
Outland10

Might not pre-knowledge of this possibility be why Jane Kim chose not to endorse Chiu early this year, before Run, Ed, Run?

Sean Benward
Sean Benward

How can anyone believe a word that Lee says ever again? What will be his campaign slogan,"I lie - but trust me"

MPetrelis
MPetrelis

I will not be wasting any of my three votes on Rose and Willie's lying candidate Ed Lee. He is full of b.s. and gives me one more reason to make John Avalos my top guy in November.

Sales
Sales

It's good news for the candidates when you think about it. The debates will likely get full TV coverage now. Up to now you had to hunt for soundbytes on youtube.

Ed has a lot to answer for: weak pension reform, pothole bond, Rose Pak, etc. The candidates should come out blazing with both barrels.

njudah
njudah

Finally? It always has been interesting, but the press is too busy sucking up to St. Ed.

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