Republican insults fly in San Francisco mayoral race 

City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s campaign unveiled a television ad using slick graphics to attack San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and display some already-established themes in this year’s mayoral race: Lee’s connection to Chinatown powerbroker Rose Pak, Lee's support of the controversial and expensive Central Subway project, and the mayor’s recent praise of PG&E as a “company that gets it” just prior to the anniversary of the San Bruno pipeline disaster that destroyed homes and killed eight people.

Scroll down to see video of Herrera's ad.

But here’s a new one: Ed Lee is backed by Republicans.

Toward the end of the 30-second spot, the screen quickly zooms out of a colorful GOP elephant lapel pin on the jackets of anonymous black-and-white politicos in expensive-looking suits.

“Ed Lee is getting it done -- for his friends and for his contributors. Not for us,” says the narrator in the ad, playing off the mayor’s slogan of getting things done at City Hall.

Matt Dorsey, spokesman for Herrera’s campaign, said the dig was directed at Twitter investor Ron Conway, a registered Republican who started an independent expenditure committee on behalf of Lee -- a Democrat.

Tony Winnicker, Lee’s campaign spokesman, shot back at the Herrera camp by accusing the city attorney of using local politics to encourage Republicans to kill funding for the Central Subway project, which is set to connect Chinatown with South of Market if federal funding can be secured.

“That’s just a slander,” Winnicker said of the elephant lapel. “And it’s especially ironic given that Dennis Herrera just last week teamed up with the Tea Party in Washington against Nancy Pelosi to jeopardize transit funding in San Francisco.”

Dorsey said Herrera opposes the project “on the merits, or lack thereof.”

As for the Tea Party assertion, Dorsey didn’t have to think too long about it.

“He is not, nor has ever been, a member of the Tea Party,” Dorsey said with a chuckle.


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