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Monday, May 23, 2011

Mayor Ed Lee Is the Best Short-Timer at City Hall

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Will being mayor put more grey hairs on his lip?
  • Will being mayor put more grey hairs on his lip?

There has been much media buzz the last week about whether Mayor Ed Lee will or will not run for San Francisco mayor. That frenzy can be traced back to two political consultants who created the "Run, Ed, Run" campaign, hoping Lee would feel the pressure and throw his hat in the ring. But instead, the typically understated Lee used unusually sharp words this weekend to sum up how he really feels about the notion.

"I'm keeping away from those guys. They're like shark fin soup," Lee told the Chron Sunday, referring to the campaign.

And the fact that Lee doesn't even want the job is exactly why we think Lee is the best short-timer at City Hall to date.

In our recent "Best Of San Francisco" issue, SF Weekly voted Lee as the Best Short Short-Timer -- and here is our take on what makes Lee a political catch:

When longtime city bureaucrat Ed Lee was anointed as mayor, it revealed

that power-play politics is alive and well in this city. Lee may yet

give his naysayers an opportunity to shriek that he's doing the bidding

of the powerful interests who guided him into office.

But, in the

meantime, he's been a breath of fresh air -- because he's not Gavin

Newsom. Rather than be photographed handing an oversize check to an

aging supermodel, Lee stayed in City Hall and did his job. Lee met with

people in his first few weeks who'd never sat down with Newsom.


pushed through the Twitter tax break (like it or not) -- but without

photo-ops. And, for a change, he's actually driving significant pension

reform -- instead of burnishing his laurels with measures that won't save

a dime for 30 years. Who knows? Come January, we may miss Mayor


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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

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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