In the game of political endorsements, Supervisor Jane Kim has navigated a path down the double-yellow line in the middle of the road.
In 2011, she backed John Avalos, David Chiu, and Ed Lee for mayor — a simultaneous political statement and non-statement. This year, Kim is the only endorser to lend her name to both David Campos and Chiu. The race to succeed Assemblyman Tom Ammiano has grown vicious, and Kim — despite her ostensible neutrality — has been pulled into the fray.
Wealthy tech interests aligned with Chiu have poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into targeting Campos' vote against removing Ross Mirkarimi from office following the sheriff's much-publicized domestic incident with his wife, and ensuing guilty plea to false imprisonment charges. Team Campos quickly responded that Kim voted against booting Mirkarimi too — and there's no hue and cry against her.
A fair point — but, many in City Hall have noted, an odd way for Campos' people to treat an ally and endorser.
Kim didn't return our messages. Campos says, "This is just about demonstrating a double-standard. I think Jane understands that."
Perhaps. Or, perhaps, when you walk in the middle of the road, it's only a matter of time before you get run over.