Friday morning, Supervisor Chris Daly told The San Francisco Examiner: “Why not cut out the middle man and just make Rose Pak the next mayor.” Pak, a political heavyweight in Chinatown and a close ally of former Mayor Willie Brown, is largely credited for ensuring Lee secures the interim mayor appointment.
Daly reiterated that suggestion during Friday’s Board of Supervisors meeting when the board voted 10-1 to appoint City Administrator Ed Lee as interim mayor to serve out the remainder of the term of Gavin Newsom, who is taking an early exist to serve as lieutenant governor.
Daly was the only vote against the appointment. The appointment must be ratified once there is an official vacancy, likely Tuesday by the board with four newly sworn in members.
Daly addressed Pak, who was in the audience:
“It seems as if according to her, Miss Pak and former Mayor Willie Brown were very involved in setting up this potential appointment of Ed Lee as successor mayor and I think that it was so well done that if nominations were reopened I would go ahead and nominate Rose Pak for the position of interim mayor and vote for her. Why not, why not cut out the middle man. If Rose Pak is putting is the one who is putting this together. If Rose Pak is the one who has the talents and the ability to make this happen, the most important decision that I have seen on the board of supervisors in 10 years, then rightfully why not go ahead and make Rose Pak sucessor if she has that level of savvy and ability to put together in three short days the most important decision this board has made in 10 years.”
After the meeting, Pak was asked outside the board chambers if she would like to be interim mayor.
Her response: “Well, provided if Chris Daly will become my chief of staff.”
What a duo those two could make.
“I was one of a few friends that were able to persuade [Lee] for the good of the city” to agree to serve as interim mayor if he were nominated, Pak said.
Mayor Gavin Newsom issued a statement after the board voted to appoint Lee as interim mayor.
“I am thrilled to see members of the Board of Supervisors from across the ideological spectrum unite behind Ed Lee for interim mayor,” Newsom said in the statement. “Ed Lee’s experience, unquestionable integrity and years of government and community service uniquely qualify him to serve the remainder of my term. I commend the current Board of Supervisors for endorsing him today, and I strongly urge the new Board of Supervisors to make history next week by appointing Ed Lee as interim mayor of San Francisco.”