Now the Examiner Ditches Julian Davis

Categories: Election 2012

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Julian Davis, center
Julian Davis' troubled campaign for city supervisor just got a little more so after a second newspaper dropped its endorsement amid allegations that he groped a woman at a political event six years ago. The San Francisco Examiner printed an editorial today withdrawing its support for Davis, saying there are now "too many doubts" about the District 5 candidate.

However, the Ex does defend its original endorsement, claiming its editorial staff did in fact ask Davis point-blank about "rumors" involving women in his past. The paper didn't get into specifics of what those rumors were, but said that Davis acknowledged at the time he might have been a little too forward with women, but he's since learned from his mistakes.

Apparently, that response from Davis was good enough for the Ex, which went ahead and endorsed him, despite stated concerns from the newspaper's publisher, Todd Vogt.

Yesterday, Vogt, who is also the publisher of the San Francisco Bay Guardian, told us that he "was never in favor of either papers' endorsement and I made it
clear to both the editorial staffs they better be sure before making
that endorsement."

The Bay Guardian pulled its endorsement yesterday, going as far as to ask Davis to drop out of the race. While the Ex didn't urge the candidate to withdraw from the race, it claims the allegations are enough reason to dump Davis three weeks before Election Day.

Per the Ex:

While this is just an accusation and the truth itself may never emerge about what actually occurred between Davis and his accuser, we have no choice but to take the allegation seriously. And while it would be naive not to recognize that this accusation emerged right at the end of a political campaign, we are troubled by the way Davis has responded to this accusation.


The newspaper pulled its support two days after SF Weekly broke the story about Davis. After Davis sent a cease-and-desist letter to his accuser, two progressive supervisors -- John Avalos and David Campos -- withdrew their endorsements, and the defections have continued.

According to Davis' campaign website, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano is no longer listed as a supporter, along with the two newspapers and the two city supervisors. We put in a call to Ammiano to confirm that he, too, dropped his support for Davis.

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21 comments
eastbayradical
eastbayradical

@uppityfag I don't know just how big Of a deal this accusation is but I never liked how his ppl would cover Occupy events in his signs.

TheDaoOfPrick
TheDaoOfPrick

@uppityfag Sure, @JohnCComedy is an absolute-fucking-saint but if you ask his ex's he's a total-fucking-asshole. So it goes. #District5

njudah
njudah topcommenter

Looks like life under corporate rule for the Bay Guardian means they are doing as told when the Big Boss says jump!

allysoneb
allysoneb

@uppityfag You should have run. This race is just not entertaining enough. #DWTS

Humanoid
Humanoid

Weird, I still see all those endorsements on the front page of his site and the endorsements page. Maybe it's just cached for me?

uppityfag
uppityfag

@eastbayradical that might be more reflective of the interests of his followers than him....still I guess that somehow proves his "cred"

JohnCComedy
JohnCComedy

@TheDaoOfPrick @uppityfag @JohnCComedy I'm an asshole because they fucked other people..Riiiiight. And Ed Lee fucks this city everyday.

JohnCComedy
JohnCComedy

@TheDaoOfPrick @uppityfag Wha? Sorry I was too busy not giving a fuck. Did someone die?

uppityfag
uppityfag

@TheDaoOfPrick @JohnCComedy I don't believe it! I DON'T!!

uppityfag
uppityfag

@allysoneb that would have been ridiculous

uppityfag
uppityfag

@prettyinbleu I wondered about that too....but I guess not. He was grabbing for some vagina (presumably) not penis.

eastbayradical
eastbayradical

@uppityfag I contacted the campaign after they covered #101Market in them and asked them to stop. Then they did it again on #S17. -shrug-

uppityfag
uppityfag

@JohnCComedy @thedaoofprick But Ed fucks the city in the ass...see? THAT'S THE DIFF!

TheDaoOfPrick
TheDaoOfPrick

@uppityfag @johnccomedy As his friend & "campaign" "manager" I actually know it's not but... wait, I thought @TheaSelby was from Venus?

prettyinbleu
prettyinbleu

@uppityfag haha yeah, he likes the ladies.

eastbayradical
eastbayradical

@uppityfag Guess he & his supporters have something in common. Putting things where they don't belong & not knowing the meaning of "no".

uppityfag
uppityfag

@eastbayradical maybe they thought he'd get laid

JohnCComedy
JohnCComedy

@uppityfag @TheDaoOfPrick Didn't realize Asians had Hobbits. Interesting

JohnCComedy
JohnCComedy

@TheDaoOfPrick @uppityfag @JohnCComedy @TheaSelby Down for a debate. Are you?

uppityfag
uppityfag

@TheDaoOfPrick @JohnCComedy @TheaSelby See what I mean?!?! SCANDAL!! Someone at City Hall told me she is really from MARS! It MUST be true!

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