Election 2012: Winners and Losers

There ain't no devil, there's just God when he's drunk — Tom Waits

The striking thing about assessing San Francisco's big winners and losers emerging from last night's election is that they're often the same people.

In District 5, tech investor turned political money man Ron Conway's candidate, London Breed, trounced Supervisor Christina Olague, Rose Pak's preferred entrant.

In District 1, Supervisor Eric Mar, a favorite of Chinatown powerbroker Pak, destroyed David Lee, the beneficiary of metric shitloads of money from Conway and others.

In District 7, meanwhile, the consensus Downtown choice and Supervisor Sean Elsbernd's anointed successor, Mike Garcia, was thumped. Union boss F.X. Crowley and school board honcho Norman Yee are locked in a feverish battle — but neither candidate would thrill the powers that be. Crowley is a lifelong union man and son of a lifelong union man. His take on the city's issues figures to be different than fiscal conservative and pension hawk Elsbernd. Yee, meanwhile, is a progressive. If he prevails — and he may yet — District 7 would feature a more left-leaning supervisor than District 5.

That this race has come down to a Crowley-Yee sprint — and that Yee is still a viable winner — is amazing. Perhaps some Downtown fixer fell asleep at the switch. 

See Also:

District 1: David Lee's Mounds of Cash Can't Unseat Eric Mar

District 5: Scenes from London Breed's Raucous Victory Party, and Other Races

District 7: F.X. Crowley Camp Spotted Crucial “Formatting Error”

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