A Democratic Party resolution calling on Mayor Ed Lee to appoint a mother to the Board of Supervisors may have driven the slow-moving mayor to fill the seat of departing Supervisor Carmen Chu quickly, perhaps as soon as today, City Hall sources are saying.
As the Bay Guardian reports today, Lee appointed Chu to fill the post of Assessor-Recorder vacated when Phil Ting moved to the state Assembly, however, he's been dragging his feet on naming Chu's replacement.
Alix Rosenthal, a member of the Democratic County Central Committee, put a resolution on the agenda for the group's Feb. 27 meeting urging the mayor to appoint a woman with a family. Her argument:
"Political office is often beyond the reach of mothers, because balancing a political life with family and work is often an insurmountable challenge. Appointing a mother to fill the District 4 seat will demonstrate the Mayor’s commitment to stemming the tide of families leaving San Francisco, and it may serve to inspire women with children to be politically engaged, and to run for office themselves in the future."
That, of course, could put the mayor's allies on the DCCC in a tough position. Will they vote to urge the mayor to do something he doesn't want to -- or will they vote against motherhood?