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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Ed Lee Officially Appointed Interim Mayor, Progressives Admit Defeat

Posted By on Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 4:07 PM

The New Tenant Of Room 200
  • The New Tenant Of Room 200

As expected, city supervisors today officially made Ed Lee interim mayor of San Francisco, putting an end to the week-long drama that's consumed City Hall.

"I understand what you have been going through," Lee told the Board of Supervisors after he was appointed. "I promise I can work with each and every one of you. The doors of Room 200 are open to everyone."

While there were many kind words expressed about Lee, who has been the center of media attention and political debate for the last seven days, the conversation was peppered with admissions from progressive supervisors who conceded what has become painfully obvious in the last week: progressives lost their grip on City Hall.

Supervisor David Campos was the most blunt in admitting defeat. The progressive supervisor stated that the last week has illustrated a clear shift in favor of the more moderate camp at City Hall.

"We need to be honest with ourselves and recognize that the progressive majority of this board no longer exists," Campos said. "We no longer have control."

Saturday was the first time in 10 years that the Board president was elected without a clear progressive majority. As Campos astutely noted it was the inner workings of City Hall -- not voters -- that broke down the progressive majority on the board.

"The fact is that the progressive majority controlled the inner workings of this board until a few days ago," Campos said. "We will soon see the ramifications of that."

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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