The ubiquitous call for Ed Lee to run for mayor came knocking at the most unlikely of all places -- Supervisor John Avalos' campaign headquarters.
Over the weekend, Run, Ed, Run supporters walked into Avalo's newly opened campaign office on Octavia Street and asked him to sign a petition to encourage Lee to run in November. It was a politically surreal moment for Avalos, who had voted in favor of appointing Sheriff Michael Hennessey -- not Lee -- as interim mayor. But this time, he didn't have to explain why he didn't think Lee should be mayor -- it kinda went without saying.
"I don't think they knew I was a candidate for mayor," Avalos told us today. "It's hilarious."
Avalos tried to explain to a confused and persistent legion of Lee
followers that there wasn't a chance in hell he was going to put a sign up in his office, and there was even less of a chance he'd sign the petition.
"I said I didn't think it was in my best interest to put up a Run, Ed, Run sign," Avalos says laughing. "But we couldn't communicate because they only spoke Chinese and I speak English."
Avalos' campaign manager placated the crew
and took a few signs, but Avalos says he has no idea what happened to them. Needless to say, the weekend ambush caused no anxiety for the lone progressive candidate.
"I think there's a 95 percent chance that Ed Lee will run for mayor
, but I've been thinking that a long time," Avalos says. "So while Bevan Dufty and all the other candidates are freaking out, I am just being Zen about it."
But would Avalos, who thinks Lee is doing a decent job at City Hall, have signed the petition
had he not been in the race?
"Encourage him to break his word
? Not likely," Avalos says.
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