Yesterday was the first time newly minted Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi talked publicly about allegations that he physically abused his wife, Eliana Lopez, in a New Year's Eve domestic violence dispute. Not surprisingly, Mirkarimi gave a flat-out “no” when asked whether he had ever abused his wife. He even hinted that this whole “misunderstanding” might be nothing more than bad politics at play.
“I'd like to believe there aren't forces at work that are trying to stop me from becoming sheriff and using whatever they may want,” Mirkarimi told a throng of reporters after he was sworn in Sunday afternoon.
But a quick Google search shows that it's not exactly his political enemies, but rather his political allies who are “the forces at work” in this ongoing case. Ivory Madison, the neighbor who called police to report the alleged domestic violence, is also the same woman who helped get Mirkarimi elected.