Dennis Herrera's Spokesman Backs Boss' Opponent in Mayoral Race

Categories: Politics
Who's been knocking on whose door?
As the old adage warns, don't bite the hand that feeds you.

Matt Dorsey, loyal spokesman for City Attorney Dennis Herrera who is running for mayor, has been fiercely defending his candidate and longtime boss in the final days of the race. And that's why we found it curious and kinda humorous that he wrote a generous check to one of his boss' rivals in the race -- Supervisor John Avalos.

According to campaign records, Dorsey gave $100 to Avalos, the lone progressive in the mayor's race, on Sept. 28. But that's not to say Dorsey won't be voting for his boss -- which is probably a smart move if he wants to remain employed in Herrera's office after the election. In fact, Dorsey gave Herrera an even more generous donation of $500, proving he is a fan.

"Dennis Herrera is my No. 1 choice," Dorsey tells us. "But I also have a lot of respect and affection for John -- he is a good man, and I think he would do a good job as mayor."

At first glance, it does seem bizarre that Dorsey would write a check to his boss' opponent, but then again, this is San Francisco, where ranked-choice voting calls for all sorts of election oddities.

"It's not usual, but it's an indication of the strange new world of rank-choice voting we live in where you can work for one candidate, but donate to another because you like them," says Jim Ross, a local political consultant.

But what does Herrera make of Dorsey's donation to his opponent?

"He doesn't care," Dorsey insists. "There are lots of donors who give to other campaigns -- this is just a tenet of rank-choice voting."

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Well, Matt gets three choices...even if Herrera is his boss. I don't think a $100 donation deserves a full page article.

Able Dart
Able Dart

Yes indeed, fake news here. I gave $100 to Lee, Chiu, and Ting.


what a non-issue.  it's called rank choice donation in a rank choice election.  come on SF weekly stop drama-mongering.

Hunter Meyer
Hunter Meyer

It's true that the ranked choice system totally confuses the loyalty situation. Not to mention the fact that there are so many candidates to choose from. I think having more than one option to approve of is tricky because it takes us out of the "glorify this one, vilify that one" approach which is so well used in the media. Now that we can glorify a few, it's a whole other ball game. I've been relying on to log my opinions and keep track of them, as well as learning what others in the community think.

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