The folks behind the “Run Ed Run” campaign aren’t stopping at adorable posters. They’re now opening a campaign office.
The Run Ed Run campaign, which aims to convince interim Mayor Ed Lee to make his post permanent by running for mayor this fall, are opening a campaign headquarters at 1565 Mission St., at South Van Ness Avenue.
Lee has repeatedly denied having interest in running for the job, and his stance has not wavered with the addition of a campaign home, according to mayoral spokeswoman Christine Falvey.
“He has not opened a campaign office,” Falvey said on Tuesday. “This is not associated with Mayor Lee.”
Nonetheless, people across the city received emails inviting them to support Lee by attending his campaign office opening this Saturday.
Chinatown powerhouse Rose Pak, who takes credit for pulling the political strings to ensure that Lee was named interim mayor, said she had received an invite from the leaders of the Run Ed Run campaign and plans to attend. She also forwarded the invite to members of the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce.
She said the headquarters is being opened and will be run by the five chairmen of the Run Ed Run campaign committee, Gordon Chin of the Chinatown Community Development Center, Planning Commissioner Christina Olague, activist Eddy Zhang, former Bayview Opera House executive director Shelly Bradford-Bell and Assistant District Attorney Victor Hwang.
The campaign is one of at least three that have begun in favor of an Ed Lee candidacy. A fourth, started by former Supervisor Chris Daly is doing the opposite, calling on San Franciscans to “Let Ed Be.”
Pak said that despite the apparent widespread support for his candidacy, Lee has continued to demure.
The new campaign headquarters will be located in the former location of New Home Menu Restaurant, a Chinese and Vietnamese restaurant that closed amidst controversy several years ago after its owner, Phau Lam, was sentenced to three years in state prison for scamming customers out of $50,000 for running credit-card charges after the restaurant had closed.