Mayor Gavin Newsom says he has been too consumed by labor talks to consider drafting legislation that would pave the way for a special election to replace him should he win the statewide election for lieutenant governor.
“God is my witness -- all I have been focused on are the budget and labor negotiations,” Newsom said. “I have not taken my head out of that focus the last three or four days despite my announcement on Friday.”
It doesn’t appear he will need to switch his focus just yet. Last week Supervisor Chris Daly said he plans to introduce legislation to require a special election in the event that the mayor or a supervisor leaves mid-term. This strips the Board of Supervisors and the mayor of their power to appoint a successor.
“The Board of Supervisors is considering that and I think that’s good,” Newsom said.