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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Do Chris Daly's Potential Successors Want His Endorsement?

Posted By on Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 12:01 AM

click to enlarge Will District 6 voters still care what Chris Daly thinks?
  • Will District 6 voters still care what Chris Daly thinks?
Supervisor Chris Daly is a man toward whom few people in this city have an indifferent attitude. Despite the cursing, buying homes in Solano County, and abrasive behavior, he's still revered as the people's champion by plenty of folks in District 6 (and not without reason). Conversely, there are those who would cease bathing if Daly made a position statement in favor of water.

So with multiple viable progressive candidates vying to grab the reins from Daly come January 2011, one has to wonder: Does Daly's political endorsement help more than it hurts? Well, we asked both Debra Walker and Jane Kim if they desired Daly's blessing. Neither said no. But, then, neither said yes, either.

"Chris has made it really clear that he's going to make an endorsement in this race. We'll see who he decides to endorse," said Kim. "Chris' endorsement really helps and it can really hurt in District 6. He's aware of that, too."

 Fair enough -- but is Daly's endorsement a good thing for you to have? Kim's answer to that didn't say much. But, then, that says a lot:

"I'm going to seek the endorsement of everyone," Kim said. Okay, how about Gavin Newsom -- whose endorsement has been the kiss of death in D-6? "I'll ask everyone for their support and endorsement," Kim repeated. Well, you can see where this is going.

Kim's challenger, Debra Walker, was similarly cagey when asked if Daly's goodwill was bad news. "I don't know," she said. "I think everyone has to answer that question for themselves."

Neither Kim nor Walker said they had any inkling of whom Daly preferred. And, so far, Daly hasn't returned our calls. But, for the record, we have it from a reliable source that he's in favor of water.

Update: 9:35 a.m.: Commenter H. Brown wasn't wrong -- we neglected to call candidate Jim Meko. And, in Meko, SF Weekly has finally discovered a progressive candidate for District 6 who would unambiguously appreciate Daly's support.

"The Daly endorsement? I would welcome it. That's the simple answer," said Meko. "Given his record on social justice, that's certainly nothing to be ashamed of. As far as tantrums and profane language and all that, I'll leave that for other people to worry about."

Meko said Daly "talked to all of us" about a potential endorsement "and said he'd hold off until later in the year once the campaign has really gotten under way." 

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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