Where Are All of Mayor Ed Lee's Endorsements?

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Very few groups are pulling strings for Mayor Ed Lee
Mayor Ed Lee might still be a shoo-in among voters, but his popularity has clearly plummeted in and around City Hall. The newly minted mayoral candidate is being passed over by political groups both big and small when it comes to endorsing candidates.

For an incumbent mayor, Lee is certainly getting snubbed; in the last few weeks, the League of Conservation Voters, Central City Democrats, the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, came out with their endorsements -- and it wasn't Lee. He did however, secure the third place endorsement with the more moderate Alice B. Toklas LGBT Club, and last night, the Police Officer's Association lumped Lee onto its slate at the last minute under political pressure, a move that insiders are calling a laughable "shitshow."  

Perhaps the biggest blow came last week when the Democratic Party passed over Lee and voted to throw its support behind City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Supervisor John Avalos. What's even more telling is of the 32 members, only two cast their vote in favor of Lee.

"He's not been gaining a lot of endorsements, and it's surprising," says Jim Ross, a local political consultant. "None of the ex-mayors, aside from Willie Brown, have come out to support him."
We can count on one hand the number of elected officials who have come out in support of Lee, including Senator Dianne Feinstein (D- San Francisco) and Supervisors Carmen Chu and Jane Kim. It's worth noting that's partly because is running against half the city's elected officials, but even at the state and federal level, Lee's not getting much love.

Such is the backlash of politics; the once favored Lee is now facing harsh criticism about how and why he got into the mayor's race. As Ross notes, Lee's connection to the dubious Progress for All Committee -- which was responsible for helping draft Lee into the race -- is "coming back to haunt him" in that Chris Daly sorta way.

After Lee insisted he would only remain a caretaker mayor for San Francisco, his intentions became questionable when the Run, Ed, Run campaign was formed by Progress for All and Lee became cagey about his political future. The Committee, which claimed it was not operating as a shadow campaign for Lee, was able to collect unlimited cash while pushing for Lee to become a mayoral candidate since it was technically a general purpose committee, not a campaign running one candidate.

While the District Attorney and the Ethics Commission has cleared the committee of any illegal activity, San Francisco's political circles are not hardly convinced.

"It's been a warning sign to elected officials that the mayor of San Francisco might not be able to keep his word over any number of items," says Aaron Peskin, chair of the DCCC. "It's more than what any elected representative can stomach."

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schwinndog
schwinndog

RECALL THIS ASS HOLE CHINK , HE S LETING MTA. TICKET PEOPLE UNJUSTLY , AND THIS IS THE SECOND TIME ,,,, IM FED UP WITH  THESE N

Eric Brooks
Eric Brooks

It is incredibly deceptive to casually misdirect that the "Democratic Party...voted to throw its support behind City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Supervisor John Avalos" when you must know full well that the DCCC made a -ranked- choice endorsement with Avalos as number 1 and Herrera as number 2.

Krishna Dukes
Krishna Dukes

Ed Lee, Ed Lee, Ed Lee! F@ckin:disqusg over other politicians doesn't phase me, that's how you all roll. (Its just generally not so public). What's your record on dealing with people and their needs?  Oh, you want substantiated facts not articles with a agenda from the press. In SF. really?

I get it. Ed Lee is a politico, but is he good at it? I think he might be. A lot of us hated Willie, but we love the SOMA stadium and the street car extensions, to name a few accomplishments. 

"A honest politico can't get a dern thing done." Jimmy Carter.

zouaf
zouaf

The San Francisco electorate is small and volatile. For mayoral elections, turnout is usually in the 45 - 50% range. You could win with 115,000 votes.

To the polls showing Lee ahead by 25 points, I'd say: first, wait until the BoS is back in session - I'm guessing his opponents won't just stand around. Second, let's look at who can turn out the vote. Maybe 35% of voters say they'll vote for Lee because they recognize his name - but will they make it to the polls?

The bottom line is: this race is far from over.

Jbrady2701
Jbrady2701

Herrera is a conflicted/afflicted candidate and Lee is the best Mayor SF will ever have who deeply cares about the city and it citizenry! Someone need to check Herrera Green card!The voter will come out to support Lee! Count on itjb

quahog
quahog

It's funny how those of you who post that Lee is so great can never come up with even one example of his greatness. The newspapers tell us he's great, but where's the proof? And where are the investigative journalists who will dig into the sleazy, Willie-driven connections between Lee and his contract awards and board/committee appointments?

Lee is nothing more than a corrupt puppet, and the people of San Francisco see through his act.

zouaf
zouaf

Herrera was born on Long Island to a Colombian father and an Italian mother. I don't think he needs a Green Card. You, on the other hand...

AnyoneButLee
AnyoneButLee

You keep telling us voters that we support Ed Lee. Perhaps you might want to rethink that assumption.

schwinndog
schwinndog

@AnyoneButLee IM SICK OF ED LEE CHINK OF THE YEAR, I    WANT A RECALL FOR THIS DISHONEST CHINK MAYOR ,,,,,,

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