"I'm interested. I became interested when I read about Speier's potential run," he confirmed. "In politics, these opportunities come along once in a lifetime." So, according to Elsbernd, on the record, he's only had his eye on higher office since January.
It should be pointed out, by the way, that "tired of politics" and "tired of San Francisco politics" are not synonymous. Warrants mentioning.
Two other names that have come up with regards to a potentially vacated Ma Assembly seat are Supervisors Eric Mar and John Avalos. And, yes, naysayers will probably joke that running for Assembly would be the first thing Mar did on the board. In any event, neither of them has returned our calls. Interestingly if either Mar or Avalos successfully ran for the Assembly, it would drastically alter the composition of the board, as Mayor Gavin Newsom would certainly appoint a politically moderate successor. If Elsbernd departs the board, however, it would not shake up the body's political makeup one iota.
An Elsbernd run for higher office would also be counter-intuitive in that San Francisco politicians don't traditionally go far by alienating and antagonizing labor unions.
"I'm not worried about that. I'll pursue the policies I'll pursue," said Elsbernd of his recent proposed charter amendments that have drawn fire from the SEIU and Transit Workers Union. "If I run, I don't expect the service employees or transit workers to endorse me."
Well, that's a safe bet. Who will endorse Elsbernd? "Hopefully, if I run, the electorate of the 12th Assembly district." As for actual endorsements, he said he'd have something to show us later this week.
*Commenter Paul Hogarth is correct; I've left a step out of this mad scramble of upward mobility. It's not Fiona Ma with her eyes on the nation's capital but State Senator Leland Yee, who might run for Congress; Ma may run for his seat and Elsbernd for hers. That beat the dog that bit the cat that ate the kid my father bought for two zuzim ...