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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Ed Lee: "Willie Brown Taught Me Everything I Know"

Posted By on Wed, Aug 5, 2015 at 9:29 AM

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San Francisco – As reports surface that FBI officials observed Mayor Ed Lee taking bribes and engaging in “pay-to-play” government, the Mayor denies any wrongdoing, saying, "Just because Willie Brown taught me everything I know doesn’t mean I knew about any of it.”

Lee, who served as City Administrator under the infamously corrupt Brown and is supported by the city’s infamously corrupt developers and business interests, says that he is committed to disappointing everyone who made him what he is today in order to be true to a group of easily swayed voters whom he never really liked.


“I would never repeat the mistakes of Willie Brown, my friend and mentor who went on to become a fabulously influential playboy power broker, or Gavin Newsom, who is now the rich and glamorous Lt. Governor,” Lee told reporters.  “Instead, I count on the support of the voters and good government watchdog groups the way Matt Gonzalez, Quentin Mecke, and John Avalos did. Because that’s what works.”


Lee vows to run a City Hall that is “completely free of the influence of the people who I actually listen to.”    


“I have never taken money from anyone, at any time,” Lee says.  “Not even when Ron Conway asked if I could give him four quarters for a dollar.”


Reached for comment, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce said they have never engaged in influence peddling or inappropriate activity, and that there’s a plum $100,000 communications job available to anyone who stops asking questions. 

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