Even though The City’s voters get only three choices for mayor, the San Francisco Police Officers Association on Thursday defied the logic of the ranked-choice system by endorsing four candidates: Mayor Ed Lee, City Attorney Dennis Herrera and former supervisors Bevan Dufty and Michela Alioto-Pier.
Gary Delagnes, POA president, said the organization originally intended to endorse only the three non-Lee candidates, but the mayor’s late entry to the race “complicated matters.”
“The mayor has done a great job and we look forward to working with him if he wins,” Delagnes said, adding that the endorsements were made in no particular order.
According to the Dufty campaign, the endorsement is the first from POA for an openly gay candidate. Delagnes said he hadn’t even thought about it that way.
“We don’t look at it from that perspective, but if he is, he is,” Delagnes said. “He would probably know better than I do.”
Mayoral candidate and former Supervisor Tony Hall made hay of the fact that he wasn’t invited to a POA-sponsored debate earlier this month because of his stance on pushing aggressive pension reform for city employees. At the time of the debate, Lee hadn’t yet entered the race and neither had Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who is advocating a pension reform plan that cuts more than the so-called City Plan backed by Lee with input from police and firefighter unions.
“I doubt we would have invited him either,” Delagnes said of Adachi.