City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s mayoral campaign said in a television ad released Tuesday not to vote for Mayor Ed Lee — partly because he is backed by Republicans, including powerful Silicon Valley investor Ron Conway.
But by Herrera’s logic, you shouldn’t vote for him, either.
According to Ethics Commission campaign finance filings, Conway donated $500 to Herrera’s 2009 re-election campaign for city attorney, along with $20,000 to a committee controlled by Herrera aimed at defeating a statewide proposition on the June 2010 ballot.
Tony Winnicker, a spokesman for Lee’s campaign, called the reasoning for the ad “total hypocrisy.”
“Is there anything or anyone that Dennis Herrera won’t abandon for his own political gain?” Winnicker said, referring also to Herrera’s recent opposition to the Central Subway project he once supported. “Now the mud is really flashing back on them.”
Matt Dorsey, Herrera’s spokesman, said Conway, a registered Republican, has been a help to the city attorney’s political efforts in the past. However, Dorsey said, the fact that Conway has set up a third-party independent expenditure committee directly on behalf of Lee’s mayoral bid constitutes a higher level of support.
Dorsey said the ad — for which the Herrera campaign spent $100,000 to air for two weeks — is meant to describe general GOP cheerleading for Lee. Although the San Francisco Republican Party is officially endorsing former Supervisor Tony Hall in the race, the party recently voted to also support Lee.
“The ad is making the point that Republicans are among the coalition of special interests and others supporting Ed Lee for mayor,” Dorsey said.
Backing off his earlier criticism about Conway’s support, Dorsey said Wednesday that Herrera would gladly accept a donation from the investor if he offered it.
“Dennis has no issues with Ron Conway and values his past support,” Dorsey said.