Jordan vs. Jordan:
Candidate Promises, Citizen Mayor Delivers?
During the 1991 campaign, Candidate Jordan chortled in the press release that announced endorsements from the African-American community that "You know that I will not appoint some out-of-towner to head the Redevelopment Agency. In fact, when I become mayor, I will fire David Gilmore and appoint a San Franciscan to head the Housing Authority."
In 1994, Jordan finally kept his promise to force out Housing Authority leader David Gilmore, but immediately broke his promise to hire a San Franciscan to head the agency. Instead, he demanded the commission hire Felipe Floresca, who had lived in New York City, Washington, D.C., and other points east of the Mississippi, but never San Francisco. Jordan was so adamant that Floresca be hired that he swore in a new commissioner to provide a pivotal "aye" for Floresca just hours before the vote took place.