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JACK IS BACK
The mayor's race just got a new player, someone who is guaranteed to liven things up. His name is Jack Davis — and he's already gone on the attack.
Davis, the infamous bad boy of political consulting who is so feared that Gavin Newsom paid him handsomely just to stay out of the 2003 mayor's race, has been keeping a low profile of late. But he's come out of semi-retirement to work for Jeff Adachi, the public defender who is both running for mayor and promoting Prop. D, his pension-reform plan.
Davis and Adachi first bonded when Adachi ran against appointed incumbent Kim Burton in 2002. Now, Davis has begun firing away at Mayor Ed Lee, with a new mailer that calls the competing Lee pension plan a "backroom deal." The piece features a shadowy figure (who looks nothing like Ed Lee) slipping through a closing door, a fancy ashtray full of cigars and an allegation that Lee gave the cops a sweet pension deal in exchange for the police union endorsement.
Trust us, that's just the start. (tr)
Meanwhile, Adachi sent Lee a letter on Sept. 8 challenging him to debate the merits of their rival pension measures — Lee spearheaded the creation of Prop. C, with input from labor unions and other stakeholders — sometime in the next month.
"I believe there is a vital need — if not an obligation — for us to ensure that the voters of San Francisco understand both the severity of our pension crisis as well as the significant differences between our two proposals," Adachi wrote, later adding, "As the two principals behind the competing ballot measures, I hope that we can work together to increase awareness of this important issue and work toward a better future for our city."
Lee's campaign didn't respond directly to Adachi, but Lee's ever-caustic campaign spokesperson Tony Winnicker told the Guardian that the request was "the oldest political trick in book" and one they were rejecting, going on to say, "Voters deserve to hear from all the candidates on pension reform, not just two of them."
Perhaps, but given the mind-numbing minutiae that differentiates the two measures, some kind of public airing of their differences might be good for all of us. Or I suppose we can just trust all those dueling mailers headed our way, right? (stj)
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