Chiu says no to possible DA appointment 

Ending months of speculation, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu told Mayor Gavin Newsom on Thursday afternoon that he does not want to be appointed as district attorney.

Talk of Chiu being appointed as San Francisco’s top prosecutor persisted throughout the Board of Supervisors consideration of an interim mayor.

It prompted questions about whether Chiu was looking to cut a deal with Newsom over who he would vote for as interim mayor in exchange for the DA post. Then Newsom would get to appoint someone to fill Chiu’s District 3 seat on the board. It would have been a significant political maneuver for Newsom to have pulled off in his final days in office.

But Chiu is now officially out of the running, he says. He will now likely focus his attention on trying to be re-elected Saturday as president of the Board of Supervisors, after four newly elected members are sworn into office.  

Time is now running out for Newsom to appoint someone as district attorney. Newsom will be sworn into his statewide post as lieutenant governor by Monday.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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