LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Bay Area): San Francisco mayoral election, commentary (Matier & Ross): "Teflon no more: The nasty stuff is sticking to Ed Lee" ....
* San Francisco Chronicle (Matier & Ross): "Teflon no more: The nasty stuff is sticking to Ed Lee" - From the Chronicle:
“You aren’t buying this BS about what a great election day it was for Mayor Ed Lee, are you?” The voice on the phone was that of former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos, saying publicly what many insiders are saying privately — that Lee’s days as the Teflon mayor are over. “He got 57 percent of the vote against five nobodies,” Agnos said. “That means 43 percent of the voters voted for anybody but him.”
Critics point to the fact that Lee got fewer first-place votes than City Attorney Dennis Herrera, District Attorney George Gascón, Treasurer Jose Cisneros — or even first-time candidate Vicki Hennessy, who unseated Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi — as proof that Lee has lost his mojo. And while the mayor remains hugely popular in the Asian American community, his pull among whites, Latinos and renters under age 50 is dropping, pre-election tracking polls showed.
“That’s the nature of being a big-city mayor — everything drops at your door, good and bad,” said Sean Clegg, one of the chief strategists of Lee’s re-election campaign. Clegg said it’s not a phenomenon unique to San Francisco: Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel and New York’s Michael Bloomberg both faced tough re-election fights after their first terms.
Clegg also pointed to Lee’s $310 million affordable-housing bond, Proposition A — which passed by almost 3-1 — as a sign that Lee still has pull. “Come on,” Agnos retorted. “The housing bond was an all-American, motherhood issue. Everyone voted for it.”