Christina Olague, New D5 Supervisor, a "Bold Pick" for Mayor Ed Lee
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|Olague is a good choice for both moderates and progressives|
"It's a bold pick because her record is one of independence, and it's unlikely she will follow a checklist handed to her by anyone -- the mayor or the progressive community," said Alex Clemens, a local political consultant. "I am sure this has confounded some of Mayor Lee's supporters."
Confounded perhaps because Olague, a progressive Latina from the Central Valley, has a reputation for being on the losing side of three major developments supported by Lee, including Parkmerced and the Hunters Point project. At the same time, she also co-chaired the "Run, Ed, Run" campaign, adding to her political mystique.
But as promised, Lee, who was sworn is as San Francisco mayor on Sunday, said he would pick someone not who would vote in line with him, but who can represent the heavily progressive district. He also wanted someone who is very electable -- and that's Olague, Clemens said.
"Olague has voted her conscience on the projects before her and not surprisingly, some of those votes are counter to what some of Mayor Lee's backers would have preferred." Clemens told us. "But now Ed Lee can make a case to San Francisco that he has appointed someone who is smart, tough, and independent."
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