"Ed heads" deemed inappropriate at Lee support rally

You won't be seeing "Ed heads" around anymore, especially not at the mayor's campaign events.

At a rally for Mayor Ed Lee at the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center Aug. 11, many turned out to demonstrate their support for the mayoral candidate. But several were asked to alter their signs and appearance before the press event got underway.

Performers from Chinatown-based Leung's White Crane performed a traditional lion dance with thundering drums and brightly colored costumes, and District 4 Sup. Carmen Chu introduced Lee by thanking him for getting into the race. Supporters bearing signs with slogans like "It's About Civility!" and "Ed Lee = Jobs 4 S.F." stood clustered together.

When Lee arrived, he spoke about setting a new tone in City Hall. "We have changed the tone in which we run government," he said, adding, "I still have in my mind the screaming and the yelling" that the city family used to engage in.  

Lee also spoke about promoting economic stability in San Francisco. A priority of his was "making our economy stable enough so companies like Twitter, Zynga, and Salesforce can come in" to create jobs and offer apprenticeships, he said. He also touted his role in making it easier for minority-owned and women-owned businesses to access to city contracting opportunities, and spoke about San Francisco as a place that drew international business interests. "We're a city that so many people want to come here to do business, to get business done," he said.   

Awhile before the mayor arrived, something a little strange happened when three supporters showed up with signs and T-shirts from the "Run, Ed, Run" campaign, which members of Lee's official mayoral campaign have cast as a completely separate, unaffiliated effort. The three -- who got pretty quiet when this reporter started asking questions and declined to give their names -- were apparently told they'd have to ditch the cartoon "Ed heads" stapled to their signs, because they started ripping them off their wooden posts and chucking them into a trash bin. One man peeled off a layer to get rid of his yellow "I'm an Ed Head" T-shirt. Asked who they were with, one woman responded that they were just there as "supporters" and had found out about it on Facebook. She seemed to be on a first-name basis with Ahsha Safai, who was there working with Lee's campaign team.

Asked about it later, Winnicker acknowledged that the campaign had asked them not to display materials from the "Run, Ed. Run" campaign, since Lee's mayoral campaign is a separate effort and they were intent on making that perfectly clear. He also pointed out that the San Francisco Ethics Commission had determined Monday that it would be permissible for volunteers from "Run, Ed, Run" to participate as volunteers in the official mayoral campaign.

Enrique Pearce of Left Coast Communications, who was instrumental in Progress for All's "Run, Ed, Run" campaign, later told the Guardian that he wasn't surprised that supporters who encouraged Lee to run would also be inclined to attend a support rally now that he's a candidate. "What you're seeing is an outpouring of some of the same people," he said. On the whole, Pearce said, "I don't really know what it goes to show."


who previously were supporting Ed's candidacy are now . . supporting Ed's candidacy?

Isn't consistency the hobgoblin of small minds? Was that your point?

Slow news week for you guys, I guess.

Posted by Harry on Aug. 12, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

"So the big news here is that some people" = Harry TROLL bs

Posted by vigilante on Aug. 12, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

Just a personal attack?

Doesn't that make YOU the troll here?

The SFBG thesis here - that anyone who previously supported Lee standing is now somehow estopped from continuing to express support - is palpable nonsense.

Posted by Harry on Aug. 12, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

I'm puzzled as to why the three people from "Run, Ed, Run" were considered newsworthy.

Did they try to drown out anybody with air horns? Did they urinate on the sidewalks? Were they selling drugs? Were they stoned or drunk? Did they launch ad hominem attacks on reporters who were present? Did they scream out "You fuckin' piece of shit!" at anybody?

Okay, we've established that they weren't acting like members of our local progressive sect. Is that why they were newsworthy?

Posted by Arthur Evans on Aug. 12, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

what happened to "i'm not going to run"?

looks like the corporate place-holder has found a cushy berth and supporters with fat wallets.

well, it'll be nice to see an *elected* official running the City - even if he was only elected by a hand-full of back-room dealers who would give "boss" tweed a run for his money.

Posted by Guest on Aug. 12, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

In the article which you criticized Lee's backers including the chinatown community center, well I guessed you forgot that you had chosen it as one of your award winner.
see the link for a list of award they had received. It is one of the well respected organization in chinatown. .


Even Herrera thanked them in one of his cases last year against some landlords:

Making him promise not to run was ridiculous in the first place, (isn't that also "conspiracy?"and asking him to keep that promise is even stranger.

In SF, with the exception of the few fringe candidates, almost everyone of them has some kind of backers/"power broker".

Posted by Guest on Aug. 13, 2011 @ 12:45 pm