Supervisor Christina Olague Explains Her Vote to Save Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi

The cheers from no-longer-suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's supporters were still echoing in City Hall when the fallout started hitting Supervisor Christina Olague.

Less than 12 hours after casting the crucial vote to give Mirkarimi his job back, she sat inside her City Hall office and read the following e-mail:

“As your constituent, you disgust me, and I will work night and day to defeat you,” Olague read aloud.

Her pen pal is a current Mayor Ed Lee staffer who also worked for the Newsom administration; clearly there's a sense that Olague, who was appointed to her position by Mayor Ed Lee in January, betrayed her benefactor with her vote. She was one of four supervisors who believed Mirkarimi's domestic violence charge did not constitute official misconduct, ending Lee's five-month quest to unseat the sheriff.

“'You are the most ungrateful and dishonorable person ever to serve on the board,'” she continues. “'You should resign in disgrace.'

See also: Ross Mirkarimi: Supervisors Make Votes Work for Them

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