Backlash for board backing for Mirkarimi 

click to enlarge Trouble: Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, seen with wife Eliana Lopez, could pose problems for supervisors’ elections. - AP FILE PHOTO
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  • Trouble: Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, seen with wife Eliana Lopez, could pose problems for supervisors’ elections.

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi may be hoping for a smooth transition back into his job, and supervisorial candidate Julian Davis may hope the claims that he groped a woman will blow over. But there are machinations behind the scenes that are just getting started. Also in the crosshairs? The three members of the Board of Supervisors who voted to reinstate Mirkarimi and are up for re-election on Nov. 6 — John Avalos, David Campos and Christina Olague. (Jane Kim is not up for election this year.)

On Tuesday, a Facebook page titled “Stand Up for Women: Stand Against Domestic Violence” was created to encourage people who contributed to the campaigns of Avalos, Campos and Olague to demand their money back.

At the Wednesday meeting of the Democratic County Central Committee, members may re-open discussions about whom to endorse for District 5 supervisor. Prior to the Davis claims and the vote by Olague, there was “no endorsement” from the committee, but now they can vote to reconsider that stance, perhaps endorsing other candidates.

At that meeting, members will consider a resolution saying, “Ross Mirkarimi’s actions to fight official misconduct charges in the wake of his domestic violence sentence sought to minimize the seriousness of his crime, and threaten to reverse decades of progress in how San Francisco addresses domestic violence crimes and works with domestic violence victims.” The resolution calls on Mirkarimi “to resign the office of Sheriff” and back “a voter-initiated recall.”

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