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Monday, December 6, 2010

Tom Ammiano: 'No Way, No How' I Want to Be Mayor

Posted By on Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 12:01 AM

click to enlarge Tom Ammiano took the Sherman -- he says he won't be our next mayor - CHRIS ROBERTS
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  • Tom Ammiano took the Sherman -- he says he won't be our next mayor

In a move reminiscent of the crew members of the Bounty bellowing "Take us with you!" to the escaped-to-a-better-place Mr. Christian, progressive supervisors are imploring Assemblyman Tom Ammiano to enter the mayoral fray.

Just one problem. He doesn't want the job. And he doesn't care who's asking.

When SF Weekly queried "Is there no way, no how you'll be mayor?" Ammiano replied "Yeah, that's right. There's no way I want the job."

As of Sunday night, an online petition, started by Supervisor Chris Daly and co-signed by Supervisors John Avalos and Eric Mar, had garnered 99 signatures.

"San Francisco is again at a most important crossroads," it reads. "We need someone

who can bring our City together to overcome the challenges that lay

ahead. We need someone who loves San Francisco and all of our diversity.

Now more than ever, we need experience, ingenuity, integrity, and

compassion. Once again, we need Tom Ammiano."

Fletcher, take us with you!

It's sweet, agrees Ammiano. But he still isn't budging. "I'm very satisfied with my position here in Sacramento," he said.

As for who might be interested in becoming the city's interim mayor, Ammiano suspected new names might enter the field (Supervisor Bevan Dufty, for one, told SF Weekly he'd be thrilled to vote for progressive stalwart Sheriff Mike Hennessey).

"There are always surprises," said Ammiano. But will one of those surprises will not include the assemblyman changing his mind and becoming the city's mayor, right?

"That's correct," he says.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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