Three of District Attorney George Gascón’s opponents in the November election pounced on Gascón’s statement late Friday that he was done investigating allegations of corruption regarding a campaign to get Mayor Ed Lee to run for mayor.
David Onek, Sharmin Bock and Bill Fazio criticized the decision on Monday, saying his decision could be influenced by his close political allies and a top staffer in his office affiliated with an independent campaign to get Lee to run.
Gascón’s statement came after Assistant District Attorney Victor Hwang, who is also a co-chair of the "Run, Ed, Run" Committee, told the San Francisco Examiner “I am confident that any neutral fact-finder will conclude that there is no basis to these false allegations,” Gascon’s opponents noted.
“The question the San Francisco District Attorney’s office is responsible for asking – whether there is sufficient evidence to file criminal charges – is one we’ll never have answered because Gascón has decided not to even investigate the matter,” read a joint statement from Bock, Onek and Fazio.
This was not the first attack on Gascón by his opponents, which is no surprise in an election in which ranked-choice voting makes for interesting alliances.
They first criticized his handling of the "Run, Ed, Run" probe by saying he had a conflict of interest in the case. Gascón says he consulted with the attorney general’s office and found no such conflict to exist.