Department of Elections results show mayor without mandate
By Patrick Monette-Shaw : sfexaminer -excerpt
When the Department of Elections certified results of San Francisco’s municipal election on Nov. 19, I wanted to sympathize with our so-called “consensus Mayor” Ed Lee. I dredged the barrel, but couldn’t find a drop of sympathy.
Lee managed re-election gaining just over a simple majority of votes, in the end capturing under his own sails just 51.85 percent (105,298) of the 203,069 total ballots cast on Nov. 3…
It reflects little confidence in the mayor, not a mandate.
The San Francisco Examiner’s Oct. 15 editorial accompanying its endorsements for the Nov. 3 election reported Lee had refused to meet with the Examiner’s editorial board. The editorial noted it’s a shame when a sitting mayor can get away with being aloof and disengaged with the civic process during an election season, and without a greater civic dialogue about where we are going and how we intend to get there, The City loses out.
The election results show clearly Mayor Lee has no mandate from voters, just a few emperor’s new clothes. Indeed, election results illustrate a referendum against our mayor and his many failed policies during the five years he’s been mayor.
Hopefully, the election of Aaron Peskin as District 3 Supervisor may help restore some balance of power between the legislative and executive branches at City Hall.
If not, the only option left may be to consider quickly mounting a recall campaign against Mayor Lee, to prevent a complete sellout of The City to his billionaire backers during the next four years… (more)