Lee’s talking points sound familiar


Interim Mayor Ed Lee released a 17-point jobs plan last week as part of his bid for mayor, prompting City Attorney Dennis Herrera to accuse the interim mayor of “plagiarism” since Herrera, also a contender for mayor, issued a 17-point jobs plan himself earlier this year.

Herrera’s campaign also criticized Lee for ending his plan with Herrera’s signature slogan, “a city that works.”

But Herrera isn’t the only mayoral candidate for whom Lee’s campaign rhetoric rings a bell. Board President David Chiu, who attracted a great deal of attention earlier this year for his statement that supervisors are elected not to take positions but to “get things done,” seems to have served as a muse to the campaign consultants who thought up Lee’s campaign slogan: “Ed Lee Gets it Done.”

(Which -- is it just me? -- or does having that phrase plastered everywhere bring to mind something more like this?):

Lee’s “new era of civility in City Hall,” meanwhile, closely echoes language Chiu has used on the campaign trail. At a campaign stop in June, Chiu told a room of supporters that before civility was restored this year, "City government was frankly pretty dysfunctional." Politicians from different political factions bickered with one another, he said, and "they literally couldn't even sit in the same room."

At an Aug. 11 rally, Lee told supporters, "We have changed the tone in which we run government," and added, "I still have in my mind the screaming and the yelling" that the city family used to engage in. 

A few more striking similarities, taken from the candidates' respective campaign websites:

*  David Chiu says he'll “Prioritize hiring of local residents.”
*  Ed Lee says he'll “Hire San Franciscans.”

*  David Chiu says he'll “Invest in community institutions and infrastructure."
*  Ed Lee says he'll “Invest in infrastructure jobs.”

*  David Chiu says he'll “Support the continued growth of the technology sector.”
*  Ed Lee says he'll “Attract & grow the jobs of the future.”

*  David Chiu says he'll “[Expand] the impact of SFMade.”
*  Ed Lee says he'll “Revive local manufacturing – ‘Made in San Francisco.’”

*  David Chiu says he'll “Fill vacant storefronts.”
*  Ed Lee says he'll “Improve blighted areas.”

*  David Chiu says he'll “Reform our broken business tax. San Francisco is the only city in California that levies a tax on businesses exclusively on payroll.”
*  Ed Lee says he'll “Reform the Payroll tax  ... Mayor Lee knows that San Francisco’s current business tax structure punishes job creation when it should reward it.”

Asked to comment on the remarkable similarities in campaign materials, Lee spokesperson Tony Winnicker told the Guardian, “It's just another baseless attack from Dennis Herrera's campaign, only this one sounds like he's in the third grade.

“Mayor Lee has been giving small business loans and recruiting new jobs to San Francisco from his first days as Mayor," Winnicker continued. "His economic plan builds on the good work and projects underway and includes many genuinely new ideas to create even more jobs for the future."

Winnicker added, “As for President Chiu, it's no surprise that he and Mayor Lee would share many views on how to create jobs for our City as they've worked together closely on many issues throughout the year. He thinks President Chiu has many good ideas in addition to Mayor Lee's own new proposals in our 17-point economic plan. Mayor Lee looks forward to continuing to work with Board President Chiu to create jobs for every neighborhood of our City.”


phrases that a politician can use. Chances are, it's been used before and, AFAIK, you can't trademark catchy aphorisms.

But is there any chance you could write an article about those 17 ideas for creating jobs, rather than shallow claims of plagiarism? Some of us voters actually care more about the issues than scoring cheap points.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

People should stop falling for this shit. The mayor's impact on hiring is tangential - at best.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

So what mayoral candidate can prudently ignore that?

Mayors can make a big difference, as in the Twitter save, and the new Fresh'n'Easy opening.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

Feels like Ed Lee has lost his mojo and is coming back to the field.

Feels more and more like Adachi or Herrera could win this thing.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

I don't think Adachi has much chance. And Chiu is still an also-ran. Nobody pays attention to the Chron endorsements. Yes the field is leveling, but not because the Chron endorsed anyone.

Posted by Greg on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 5:49 pm

a matter of Lee being way ahead, and then Adachi/Yee/Herrera/ Chui way behind.

Perfect for Lee to have the opposition split so perfectly.

He's played this perfectly.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 6:09 pm


Posted by Right On Sister Snapples on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 7:03 pm

Every poll so far has Lee way ahead. He's polling over 30% and his approval rating is over 70%.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 7:16 pm


Posted by Right On Sister Snapples on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

Hold your applause til November 9th,

Folks, I'm no seer. I'm just a hell of a good judge of people.

Chron said it best ...

Jeff Adachi

Talk about courage. One of the city's most liberal politicians took on labor over the bedrock issue of pensions. He lost in his first attempt last year, but is back with a revised version after he wouldn't back a compromise measure also on the ballot. He's been unfairly vilified by much of the city's political establishment for daring to raise the pension problem that others preferred to ignore.

His campaign shows he's more than a one-issue candidate. He has a clear grasp of a variety of issues ranging from homeless policies to taxes. His independence is unassailable. The question is whether he has become too divisive a figure to be an effective mayor.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/10/11/EDG41LG6RC.D...

Posted by h. brown on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

I know you deeply wish for Ed Lee to win, Guest, but recent polls show that 2/3 of voters have never heard of him. i guess you mean 30% of 30% of voters are in the bag with Ed Lee? that's possible. Good luck with your motivating through spirited repeatings.

Posted by meatlock on Oct. 11, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

If none of the candidates is known to you, chances are you'll just pick the incumbent.

There's also usually a boost for incumbents at the last minute, but voters deciding to "keep it safe", on the basis that the devil you know . . .

Posted by Guest on Oct. 12, 2011 @ 9:33 am

love it when you call me meat.

Posted by Meatlock on Oct. 12, 2011 @ 10:30 am

@h. Interesting conversation with my SSO (significantly superior other) Lisa this morning. "I've always liked Jeff Adachi, but I'm confused as to why so many good people are against him now". I'll paraphrase the rest..(I know we're in trouble... lot of people are retiring with big pensions...we don't have the money...shouldn't punish the workers...he first raised the issue when others ignored it...now everyone seems to be talking about it).
My position hasn't changed. I'm totally opposed to anything that further penalizes workers, and places even more of a burden on the backs of those who are already struggling. Both C & D do this. Unfortunately the majority of the co-opted Unions and labor organisations have done an abysmal job in protecting our rights. Notable exceptions include NNU; CNA; Unite Here. etc. Yes, there is a 'financial crisis', but it's not of our making, except that we've been asleep at the switch and allowed it to happen. Incredible amounts of money are misappropriated, misspent, 'diverted', or otherwise wasted both locally and nationally. But unless/until there is a massive re-awakening and reordering of our priorities we will have little option other than continuing to rob all the Peters to pay the few PaulTs, and more of us will continue dropping like flies on the road to Damascus and despair.
I for one have given Adachi a 'pass' on this, not throwing out the baby with the bathwater, he's a damn sight cleaner than most of the other pretenders.
Utilizing IRV.
**4) HALL

Posted by Guest on Oct. 12, 2011 @ 9:23 am

@h...above. Using another computer, forgot to log in as 'me'.
Patrick Monk.RN.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 12, 2011 @ 10:04 am