The ideological rift on the Board of Supervisors persists on the Board of Supervisors on Saturday, after three core progressives on the board refused to back Board of Supervisors President David Chiu to serve a second two-year term.
Chiu reclaimed the coveted post in an 8-3 vote Saturday, securing the backing of moderate board members. Chiu was elected in 2008 with the support of progressives and the blessing of former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin, who is a progressive political power now serving as chair of the Democratic County Central Committee.
But since assuming office, Chiu began distancing himself from the far-left progressive movement, which began with the so-called class of 2000, ushered in by voters who were fed up with the politics of then Mayor Willie Brown. The last member of that class on the board, supervisor Chris Daly is now out office, replaced Saturday by Supervisor Jane Kim.
The big rift came to an explosive head Tuesday when Daly slammed Chiu for supporting City Administrator Ed Lee for interim mayor, which Daly said was the “biggest fumble in San Francisco political history,” and blamed Chiu for essentially turning on the progressive movement and siding with the more moderate political power base, lead by the likes of Gavin Newsom, Willie Brown and Chinatown political force Rose Pak.