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Today, interim Mayor Ed Lee decided to break his promise to the people of San Francisco and run for a full four-year term this November.

While it is true that Ed Lee would never have been appointed interim Mayor had he not made a solemn promise not to run, the fact is that we live in a great democracy and anyone has the right to run for public office.

However, the real question is, who helped Ed Lee change his mind and why?

While claims have been made that it was “grassroots support” generated by the Run Ed Run group that convinced Ed Lee to break his vow, already the Ethics Commission is taking action against the Run Ed Run committee for failing to follow campaign finance laws, and the San Francisco Chronicle has reported that this committee was primarily funded by city contractors with close ties to power broker Rose Pak.

That’s not grassroots support. It’s a blatant attempt by inside power brokers to win influence at City Hall. San Francisco can’t afford to go backwards to the times when City Hall has been run by – and often served – the inside power brokers, rather than the people of San Francisco.

I believe this election offers the voters of San Francisco a clear choice. For 23 years, Leland Yee has been an independent voice -- independent of the downtown interests, of the City Hall insiders, and the political power brokers.

He has helped pass major reforms at the state and local level that have brought sunshine into our government, toughened ethics laws, reined in executive compensation and curbed abuses of power.

His record has earned him the endorsements of some of our most respected organizations, including the Sierra Club and the California Nurses Association.

And Senator Yee has shown San Francisco the path to an independent government with his recently published 21-point plan to clean up City Hall, strengthen our ethics laws and crack down on illegal lobbying.

Our campaign is ready for the challenges ahead. We’re ready to take on the powerful interests and political power brokers to build an independent City Hall. Are you? Join us.

Thank you for all of your support.

Sincerely,

Jim Stearns
Campaign Manager

Originally posted to Leland Yee on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 11:54 AM PDT.

Also republished by APA Kos : Asian/Pacific Americans at DailyKos.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Ed Lee for sale (4+ / 0-)
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    Will Easton, sfbob, Marie, Dem Beans

    Our caretaker Mayor did more than break his promise not to run, nor use his appointment to run, today.  After reading some great investigative journalism in the SF Chroncile and an ethics investigation before the SF Ethics committee today into the "grass-roots" organization behind the "run ed run" movement, its becoming apparent that the same old, tiresome money-eyed interests are behind this phony astro-turf movement.    Mayor Lee, a career civil servant with a nice demeanor just sold himself the to same down-towners who are vested in keeping city hall a small, venture capitalists enclave for the few over the many San Franciscans who want someone with experience but some independence.  

    Thank You, State Senator Yee for having the courage to bring this issue to light.  You took on Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin and its past time to start asking the questions you raised on "who changed Ed Lee's mind".  

  •  I suspect what happened is (0+ / 0-)

    Lee discovered he liked being mayor and wants to stay in office. If anyone's to blame for changing his mind, it's the SF Board of Supervisors, who approved his appointment in the first place.

    Count me as one of those who is disappointed, yet not surprised, that Ed Lee decided to run.

  •  two words: Rose Pak. (1+ / 0-)
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    Marie

    OK, maybe two more - Willie Brown.

    if you can't trust Ed Lee on the first big promise he made, what's that say about anything else he commits to?

    All the children of your children's children, do you ever think what they're going to find? Make tomorrow, today...

    by willy mugobeer on Mon Aug 08, 2011 at 03:07:01 PM PDT

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