After brokering pension reform deal, will Ed Lee run for mayor? 

It wouldn’t be a cold, wet, windy day in San Francisco without Mayor Ed Lee responding to the growing chorus of fans who want to see the city administrator turned interim mayor make a run for a four-year term.

So, The San Francisco Examiner’s editorial board took another stab at the question of the year: will Lee run?

What we received was a thoughtful answer about how his unique position has allowed him to broker a deal for pension reform.

“You know to be very truthful about it, I don’t think I would have the rapport with labor groups and community groups if I was running for mayor and I know that. I know that they think there is a different feeling going on in the mayor’s office.

“I don’t mind sharing power. I don’t mind giving up power, actually, as long as the goal is that it is for the betterment of the city.

“I don’t understand the politics sometimes, where people take a position and can’t get off of it. I think that as long as I’m flexible, people trust what I say and know I won’t make promises I can’t keep.”

So what does that all mean in the end?

“I’m not running,” Lee said.

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