Chronicle taps Chiu, opening up the mayoral field

David Chiu's endorsement by the Chron helps him and other candidates who are trying to topple Ed Lee.
Keeney and Law

David Chiu has snagged the mayoral endorsement of the San Francisco Chronicle, beefing up his fairly paltry list of endorsers and giving his campaign something to trumpet with its hefty cash reserves in the final weeks. Most importantly, the endorsement opens up the race and probably hurts perceived frontrunner Ed Lee.

After the Examiner endorsed Lee as its top pick, it would have solidified the appointed incumbent mayor's standing as the consensus pick of pro-business centrists – who always have a strong influence in the mayor's race – if the Chron had also gone that way. But now, both that vote and the Chinese-American vote will be divided, with some of the latter also picked up by Leland Yee, who got the top endorsements of the Labor Council, Sierra Club, and other influential groups.

The Chronicle endorsement probably gives the biggest advantage to Dennis Herrera, who has placed second in most public opinion polls as well as many endorsements, including getting the second place nod in the Guardian, Examiner, Labor Council, Milk Club, San Francisco Democratic Party, and others – an impressive array that covers the full spectrum of San Francisco politics.

Lee, Herrera, and Jeff Adachi also got praised by the Chronicle in a companion editorial entitled “Three other candidates to consider,” and that will also help Adachi with his left-right punch and outsider appeal, making him another candidate who can't be counted out just yet.

By opening up the mayor's race and creating a more complicated calculus in the city's ranked choice voting system, the varied list of endorsements and the dethroning of Lee as a done-deal could also be a boon to John Avalos, the consensus pick of the city's left who has a long list of first place endorsements (including those of the Guardian, Milk Club, SF Democratic Party, and many others). Avalos could capitalize on the rising frustration with corporate America that is embodied to the Occupy movement, which he has been nearly alone among the mayoral field in actively supporting.

(You can read an Excel file of the endorsements of various San Francisco organizations, which we'll periodically update, here.)

While the Lee campaign and the many independent expenditure groups that back him are expected to vastly outspend the rest of the field, obscene displays of corporate cash could end up backfiring this year, particularly against the backdrop of OccupySF and the business community's raid on employee health care funds and deceptive surcharges on restaurant bills, which Chiu and Lee have been supporting.

Bottom line: with four weeks left until Election Day, the mayor's race is still up for grabs.


I'm thinking he might have some deeper motive, perhaps in addition to the one you suggest. My thinking is that all of us better watch this character very closely and be careful about what we say here. As you rightly point out, we're dealing with a conjurer here, people.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 12, 2011 @ 4:03 pm

He's done it to Meatlock, Sister, PaulT and Eric.

He also seems to have nothing to do all day long.

I'd guess it's Monk. He gets angry real quickly and sits at home all day obsessing.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 12, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

Leaves one entirely free to say whatever one wants - free of every having to answer for it or back it up with facts. It's a "hall of mirror" effect, the exact opposite of what the Imp wanted when he began stealing people's identities.

The Imp has created a free-for-all and I, for one, couldn't be happier with the results.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 12, 2011 @ 4:26 pm
Posted by 'anonymous' on Oct. 12, 2011 @ 4:35 pm

The level of mirror-imaging is astounding.
I'm not ready to guess yet, but it could be either a male or a female, probably local.
I don't think we can rule out some sort of a group effort at this point either, people. Let's reserve our judgement on this and just watch for his next move.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 12, 2011 @ 4:37 pm

Our local progressive sect is probably scratching their head at how they continue to see David Chiu beat them in every corner. Ironically it was the progressives who have themselves to blame for giving Chiu his start when they made him the President of the Board of Supervisors.

Chiu even have his ads pasted all over the Bay Guardian website. So, Once again, he's running rings around the progressives while they run around like headless chickens.

This article is a perfect example of how progressives are incapable of conducting sustained rational arguments. Only fools would argue that The Chronicle endorsement is more beneficial to John Avalos.

Posted by Arthur Evans on Oct. 12, 2011 @ 4:31 pm


Posted by Guest on Oct. 12, 2011 @ 4:42 pm

Internet access is terrible in Hell!
No one is civil!
I really regret being such a jerk the last few decades...

Politics and chatboards really don't seem so important once you're dead.
I sure wish I could take one more nice walk in the sunshine in the fall in San Francisco.
I bet I wouldn't even get mad about the nomadic addicts and alcoholics...

Posted by The Real Rotting Corpse of Arthur Evans on Oct. 12, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

Arthur never made grammar mistakes like:

"Chiu even have his ads pasted all over the Bay Guardian website."

Posted by 'anonymous' on Oct. 12, 2011 @ 5:04 pm

How mature of you to point out such a trivial error, no wonder our local progressive sect is still worried about people's rights to be naked. Besides, you've never tried to type while being chased by Cerberus itself. You might like it down here, everyone is naked and equal.

I've noticed you haven't refuted anything I wrote, so my point still stands. Progressives are unable to argue a coherent and rational argument.

Posted by Arthur Evans on Oct. 12, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

flesh out that ponderously verbose pedanticism a little more, and you've got it... ;)

Posted by 'anonymous' on Oct. 12, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

I have no problem owning anything I may post here, your 'guess' is as worthless as your credibility. Angry ?? No, I don't waste energy on nameless nincompoops. I admit to frequently getting indignant, verbose, and using words of more than two syllables which probably makes it a challenge for you to keep up. But I don't need to lurk and hide in the dark like some troglodyte.

Posted by Patrick Monk RN on Oct. 12, 2011 @ 5:21 pm