"She could announce at my event, and then I can stop spending money," said Villa-Lobos, who said he's already sunk nearly $5,000 into his supervisorial campaign. But if Sparks doesn't deign to enter the race at this time, "I'll go all the way -- and probably won't withdraw until after the kickoff," says Villa-Lobos.
Villa-Lobos earlier committed to drop out of the race and toss all his support to Sparks if she threw her hat in the ring. He says she hasn't returned his calls of late regarding this matter, however -- and she didn't return SF Weekly's calls, either.
Sparks is the former president of the Police Commission and now the head of the city's Human Rights Commission. She has been seen making the political rounds of late in tow with Jason Chan, Mayor Gavin Newsom's appointments secretary. Sparks has refused to rule out a run for the Board of Supervisors, and, connecting the dots, some are wondering if Sparks is Newsom's preferred candidate.
If that were the case, Villa-Lobos would drop out posthaste, as his loyalty to Newsom knows no bounds.
"If Gavin lost every dollar he had and was lying in the gutter in the Tenderloin, I'd sill be loyal to him," he says.