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Friday, October 12, 2012

Police Union Ditches Christina Olague Following Mirkarimi Vote

Posted By on Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 3:45 PM

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The San Francisco Police Officer's Association has rescinded its endorsement for Supervisor Christina Olague in the November election after the District 5 rep shocked everyone by voting to give Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi his job back as the county's top cop earlier this week.

The Union fired off a statement today explaining how Olague really screwed up when she decided that Mirkarimi, who had been convicted of false imprisonment following a domestic dispute with his wife, was still fit to run the county jails.

See also: Supervisor Christina Olague Explains Her Vote to Save Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi

Per the SFPOA:

Ms. Olague has demonstrated her lack of empathy and support for victims of domestic violence during her recent vote before the Board of Supervisors and the SFPOA can no longer support her in this very important race.

But really this move shouldn't be that astounding to anyone at City Hall considering it was the San Francisco police who arrested Mirakrimi -- and built a dramatic case against him; it should be even less surprising since the police union never really wanted Mirkarimi as the county sheriff anyhow.

But Olague kinda shrugged off the loss; in fact, she tells SF Weekly she only learned that the POA had endorsed her when she heard about today's rescindment. "Somehow I missed that one," she tells us with a laugh. "It's up to them, but it's not going to affect my commitment to working with the Police Department and I want to maintain good relations with the captain [in the district]."

As we reported earlier this week, Oalgue had started receiving the hate mail from constituents just 12 hours after she cast her vote in favor of reinstating Mirakrimi. Olague, who was appointed to fill Mirkarimi's supervisor term when he was elected sheriff, told SF Weekly at the time she was prepared for this sort of political blow back, especially since her vote was seen as a betrayal to Mayor Ed Lee, who had been working hard to oust Mirkarimi. The mayor and his powerful friends, Rose Pak and Willie Brown, have been campaigning on Olague's behalf to help her get reelected as city supervisor.

"People are using the election to hold me hostage," she told SF Weekly after her vote this week. The

Mirkarimi vote was "one of those situations where you can't think about

Nov. 6. You really have to do what you think is the best thing to do --

because both sides are going to be angry."

She seems to have stuck with that attitude, even after losing the POA endorsement today. When we spoke with Olague this afternoon, she didn't seem too worried that this would be the first of many other dropped endorsements. "Nah, I'm picking some up, and that's the way life is -- you win some and you

will lose some."

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