It was the pleas of certain unnamed supervisors that convinced Mayor Ed Lee to consider running for mayor in November, he told reporters Tuesday.
Despite his earlier promises that he would not run, Lee is now considering the office after being lobbied by different groups including a shadowy campaign committee pushed by Chinatown powerbroker Rose Pak.
“There’s a lot of people that are talking to me about it, including members of the board,” Lee told reporters. Asked what made him change his tune, Lee insisted that it was support from city officials that convinced him.
“I’m not going to ponder on that, but I did say that there were members of the current Board that have been talking with me, and that has been the eye opener for me, and that’s what’s caused the conversation to continue going.”
As for state Sen. Leland Yee, whose campaign is already hitting Lee over his “promise,” Lee responded.
“I haven’t thought about Leland Yee, I’m sorry. If he was a member of the Board of Supervisors, I’d be thinking about him.”
People who have been watching the mayor’s race have been hanging on Lee’s every word, convinced that he will enter the race and turn it upside down. Lee still hasn’t committed, but he is taking a vacation with his family until Sunday evening, often the precursor to a big announcement.
“Ultimately it has to be decided by voters,” Lee said. “But, you’ve got to be a candidate, and that’s what I want to think about.”