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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Ed Lee Still Doesn't Want to Be Mayor

Posted By on Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 5:19 PM

click to enlarge Ed Likes Policy, Not Politics
  • Ed Likes Policy, Not Politics

Mayor Ed Lee never wanted to be mayor of San Francisco in the first place. In fact, he had to be convinced and cajoled by powerful people in the Chinese-American community to take the job when it was offered.

Knowing that, it has been interesting to watch him bounce among press events and dash off to Washington, D.C., and wonder whether the low-profile Lee is enjoying any of this glory.

Already, in his first week, Lee has come up against tough issues -- the city needs a new police chief; he's starting to hear from labor over the proposed budget; and he must weather the mayor's question-and-answer time at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting.

Those are compelling reasons to not want to be in Room 200, aside from the fact that Lee now makes less money than he did when he was the city administrator.

But as a former city administrator, Lee is more comfortable with policy, not politics. That's why he made sure he could get his old position back after finishing out former Mayor Gavin Newsom's term through November.

So when reporters pushed Lee again today on the issue, asking him if he plans to run for mayor when this term is up, his answer remained a consistent "No."

They don't call him "Steady Eddie" for nothing.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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