Mayor's aide's totally inappropriate text to Olague

Where's the civility, Mr. Mayor?

Wow -- a source just passed me the text messages that Tony Winnicker, a senior advisor to Mayor Lee, send to Sup. Christina Olague after her vote on the Mirkarimi case.

It's totally crazy, outrageous -- and inappropriate coming from a top mayoral staffer. Check it out:

As your constituent you (sic) disgust me and I will work night and day to defeat you. You are the most ungrateful and dishonorable person ever to serve on the board. You should resign in disgrace.

Winnicker confirmed to me that he wrote the text, but insisted he wasn't speaking for the mayor:

As you know I am not the Mayor's spokesperson and have not been for some time, especially on matters like this. I am, however, a district five constituent who disagrees strongly with my district supervisor's vote last night and i took the opportunity to express my opinion and extreme disappointment in her decision and judgment. It is just that, however, my personal opinion and frustration with her vote, a frustration shared by many fellow district five residents who agree with Mayor Lee and the majority of the Board of Supervisors that Ross Mirkarimi should not be Sheriff.

Holy shit. I hope the mayor tells Mr. Winnicker that this is not an example of the "civility" Lee is trying to promote at City Hall.


I think this is badass. It's about time someone tells it like it is instead of congratulating her for her "courageous" vote.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 10, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

Winnicker's text makes him sound like a crybaby. I'm not sure why the Mayor and his team felt so sure of an outcome in their favor. They must have known that they were really pushing the envelope with this case; even Willie Brown said as much when the Mayor suspended Mirk without pay.

Note to Ed Lee for future reference: when Willie Brown tells you you're overstepping your political bounds, believe him (he's an expert).

Posted by Snoozers on Oct. 10, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

She obviously thought it might help her in D5 but it will not. The left still hate her for some other votes, and now moderates in D5 like me will not vote for her.

I'm switching my vote from Olague to Breed.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2012 @ 1:16 am

the putative Borders heiress and leader of the wacky housewives of Marin wonders about Kamala Harris. Could it be twue?Perhaps another zipline-botox party would help erase the uneasiness,but maybe not. She wonders what her BFF Ivory Madison told that darned natural beauty,Eliana, about Sharon Stone and child custody, and how to yell "domestic violence" to get your way.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2012 @ 10:59 am a dangerous lunatic.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2012 @ 7:43 pm

Wasn't Ivory madison also a recent member of Bronstein's harum? Boy, did he dodge a huge bullet in the Mirkarimi case. As big as Madison not being called to the stand. Evidence, you say? What evidence? She got cover. But we won't forget her or her boyfriend.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 22, 2012 @ 4:36 am

That sounds like a threat very much in the vein of many Mirkarimi supporters at the reinstatement hearing.

Posted by Hortencia on Oct. 22, 2012 @ 8:50 am

Specifically I question the sense for his validation of these spurious claims about threats.

There were no threats made during the reinstatement hearing.

Almost all those speaking against sustaining the mayors action took time to refer to the importance of DV prosecutions before going on to make cogent points such as inherent limits on the scope of the city ethics law and the importance of following the law; or the contributions Ross Mirkarimi has made in his years of public service.

On the other hand, every one of the DV advocates there rudely and unfairly characterized those not supporting the mayor's action as either a wife beaters or co-dependent enabler/victims.

Yes the DV talkers suffered a few impolite sniping responses from the gallery; such responses were wrong but not wholly undeserved. They were not threats.

Based on these DV experts' imperious tones, I'd hazard a guess that it was their own commanding sense of entitlement to see the public comment and subsequent vote turn out exactly as they expected that led them to take the contentious nature of the meeting to be akin to a threat.

That is a reality which exists only between their own ears. Horty here seems to have plenty of space for such thinking.

Posted by lillipublicans on Oct. 22, 2012 @ 9:53 am

Anyone who disagrees with you hates you and threatens you. Personally.

Posted by marcos on Oct. 22, 2012 @ 10:07 am

Tony is just a dishonest hack. Ed Lee would have been prosecuted for election fraud if it was not for corrupt Gascon and Willie Brown's intervention. Ed Lee returned the favor by appointing Willie's God Son to the SFPUC general manager position last month. SF right wing politics is so incestuous. They are worst than the mob.

Either you are with them or against them. Mirkarimi did not understand that and it came back to hunt him. I am glad that he fight them.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 11, 2012 @ 8:51 pm

The real beauty of it is that now you can make tax-deductible political contributions to La Casa de las Madras or the Domestic Violence Consortium. They've become virtual Super PAC's for these so-called "moderates." A clue for the clueless: political contributions are not normally tax-exempt. Google "how to lose your 501(c)(3) status" and this is only one of thousands of clues for you: "This includes financial, verbal or written support of a specific political party or candidate. The IRS website specifically states that “contributions to political campaign funds or public statements of position either verbal or written made by or on behalf of an organization in favor of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office clearly violate the prohibition on political campaign intervention”. The real-world test is if it’s partisan, it’s wrong."

Posted by Sue Grissom on Oct. 12, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

And the beauty of it is that people can now make tax-exempt political contributions to organizations such as La Casa de las Madres and the Domestic Violence Consortioum. A clue for the clueless: political contributions are not tax-exempt, but charitable contributions are. The IRS guidelines for 501(c)(3) organizations, such as La Casa and the DVC are quite clear: they can do advocacy on a broad,nonpartisan scale, but partisan politics, such as advocating for or against a particular candidate in ANY political campaign, is strictly verboten. (I apoligize if I am repeating myself. My first, more detailed post, is not appearing.)

Posted by Sue Grissom on Oct. 12, 2012 @ 10:43 pm

This is so typical of Winnicker - It continues to amaze that a PIO or aide like Winnicker keeps a job at City Hall.

his historic ongoing disregard for the political process and lack of respect for legitimate disagreement or transparency in government is a stain on those he represents.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 20, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

With the power of the press to get public disclosure from the government, did he use his city paid cell phone or reimbursed portion to send that text? That would be grounds for OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT during work hours.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 22, 2012 @ 4:34 am