Before the board chamber became filled with real emotion - expressed in many of the new supervisors' tearful comments - part of the room was treated to self-aggrandizement, in the form of brash comments made to the press by Chinatown power broker Rose Pak.
Pak was telling any reporter within earshot that Board President David Chiu was going to be running for mayor even before being re-elected to his current post, a thought that Chiu has yet to acknowledge.
Pak held court for the microphones long enough for a reporter to ask about Sen. Leland Yee, who along with Assessor Phil Ting are the only Chinese Americans to so far declare their intention to run for mayor in 2011.
"Anybody but Leland Yee, I've said that from the start,'' Pak said, obviously not a big fan of the longtime officeholder. When pressed, Pak suggested the issue was a matter involving "moral turpitude,'' but did not elaborate.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who is also running for mayor, and who just happened to be standing next to Pak when she made the slam, was quick to note: "She said it - I didn't.''