Former supe bows out of race to unseat Newsom

Former supervisor Tony Hall — the one challenger in the mayor’s race who had previously held an elected office in San Francisco — announced Thursday that he would not run for The City’s top office, just days after raising enough money to qualifyfor matching public funding.

Hall, 65, a registered independent who is conservative by San Francisco standards, told The Examiner that he blamed the media and San Franciscans, but mostly Mayor Gavin Newsom for his decision to bow out.

He accused Newsom’s re-election team of intimidating potential donors from contributing to his campaign. Hall wouldn’t elaborate on his charges but said the intimidation limited his ability to get his message out.

He also said that the media’s coverage of the mayor’s race never detailed his many years of experience in public service. San Franciscans didn’t escape his criticism, either.

“I don’t think there’s enough people to hold this guy and his incredible spin machine accountable,” Hall said.

The deadline for candidates to withdraw their name from the November ballot is 5 p.m. today.

Hall left his supervisor seat in 2004 to become head of Treasure Island, part of a “triple play” on the part of a newly elected Newsom to gain an ally on the Board of Supervisors. Hall moved from the board to Treasure Island; then-Treasure Island head Annemarie Conroy took over the Office of Emergency Services. Sean Elsbernd was then appointed to the board seat.

The plan backfired: Hall went head-to-head with the Mayor’s Office regarding control of redevelopment of the island but was then ousted by the Treasure Island Development Authority.

Twelve challengers remain in the race for mayor, including a director of a neighborhood safety nonprofit, a city probation department manager, a self-proclaimed showman and two bloggers. Political analysts say none has the name recognition and fundraising potential to beat Newsom.

beslinger@examiner.com

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