Mayor Ed Lee’s campaign responds to PG&E criticism 

Mayor Ed Lee’s campaign responded to criticism from mayoral candidates over his comments at a press event Thursday, when he called PG&E a “great company that gets it,” just days before the one-year anniversary of the deadly Sept. 9 San Bruno pipeline disaster that killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes.

Tony Winnicker, a campaign spokesman for Lee, said City Attorney Dennis Herrera should be ashamed for using the victims of the blast as fodder for a political attack. In a press release, Herrera called Lee’s comments “unconscionable” and said the mayor owes an apology to the victims.

He noted that Lee, who served as city administrator during the tragedy, was part of a task force assembled by former Mayor Gavin Newsom in response to the explosion.

“Ed Lee was there the next day making sure the infrastructure of San Francisco was safe,” Winnicker said.

In terms of how the company “gets it,” he added that Lee was clearly referring only to the youth program PG&E was sponsoring.

Jim Messemer, executive director of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program, said he was saddened by the criticism by the mayoral candidates.

“These kids need this desperately,” Messemer said. “I don’t want people to run away from our program because of this.”

dschreiber@sfexaminer.com

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