In light of allegations that Chinatown heavyweight Rose Pak leaned on Recology executives to join her Run, Ed, Run crusade, five mayoral candidates have joined forces. Their quest: To ask, essentially what the hell is going on and who the hell is paying for the Run, Ed, Run minions wheedling on every corner of this city.
Of the five candidates, however, only Joanna Rees had the joy of opening up the paper and seeing her attorney quoted defending the very people of whom she was calling for a city investigation.
When Rees' staffers asked her if it was okay for her campaign's legal counsel, Stephen Kaufman, to work for the amorphously named Progress for All, she said no problem. That group, however, is the driving force behind Run, Ed, Run. And if Ed really does run, run, run -- or has been in touch with his fervent followers -- then Rees will have some words for her attorney. "If Ed is involved in that group trying to draft him, then my lawyer will be working for another candidate," she says. "I'm not comfortable with that -- because you just don't do that."
This will confirm our telephone conversation today in which you agree that Kauffman Legal Group may provide legal counsel for Progress for All, an organization that, among other things, is involved in a campaign to draft Mayor Ed Lee as a candidate for mayor. We have not been retained to advise the organization with connections to any campaign expenditures to support or oppose candidates for mayor. We do not believe our legal services will result in any actual or potential conflicts of interest involving Joanna Rees.