Yesterday we told you how the Los Angeles Times just figured out that Mayor Ed Lee doesn't want to run for mayor. The newspaper printed the tired quote from his spokeswoman Christine Falvey: "He wants his old job back as city administrator."
He told the LA Times this while Rose Pak and her ilk were opening Run, Ed, Run campaign offices over the weekend. What was Lee doing? He was out and about celebrating Pride and tending to city business -- you know, the things that mayors do.
But he told other reporters a different version of the same story. Or perhaps it was just a Freudian slip when he told the Chron that he has no plans to campaign for mayor "at this time."
"I've said time and time again that I don't want to be distracted with
any type of campaign," Lee told the Chronicle. "At this time I have not even thought
about that. I'm not focused on campaigning or running for office."It's the first time he has said anything but an outright no when reporters ask him whether he plans to campaign. Is he playing coy about his future intentions, or is he finally starting to cave to Pak's pressure -- again?
is in full force, having collected more than 12,000 signatures from
voters who say they want the "adorable" Lee (and his mustache) to join
the 30 other candidates on the November ballot.
Lee has until
Aug. 12 to file papers declaring his
intention to run. Or he could just keep the mystery going and jump into
the race as a write-in candidate at the last minute in October. That would be easy enough, considering he would already have a strong campaign in place.