Losing SF Democrats’ desperate power play flops

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Well, gee, that was quick.

Just a scant three days after a political power play to shift the balance of power on the San Francisco Democratic Party board was proposed, the effort has died.

Again.

You see, right now, The City’s progressive Democratic camp is winning the June election for the 24 open Democratic County Central Committee seats.

This win is on the back of mostly well-known names (like John Burton or Supervisor Jane Kim), some of whom hold other political offices.

So, on Saturday, DCCC member Alix Rosenthal and DCCC chair Mary Jung — part of the losing moderate camp of DCCC candidates — introduced a last-minute resolution to yank Democrats who already hold elected office off the DCCC’s main roster and make them “ex-officio” members automatically.

It’s all very complicated, and I won’t bore you with the details (though you’ve likely yawned a few times already), but, if enacted, this move could have essentially reshuffled the deck to make the moderates maintain control of the DCCC.

That’s when all hell broke loose.

Progressives are sharpening their pitchforks and donning fatigues, ready to storm the DCCC’s meeting tomorrow evening.

“The amount of vitriol spat at me in the last 48 hours has been appalling,” Rosenthal told me.

In response to critiques, Rosenthal pulled the measure, which she announced in an email just before 1 p.m. today.

“I want you all to know that my intention has never been to overturn the outcome of the election,” Rosenthal wrote in the email. “My aim is — and always has been — to widen the tent to include more people on the DCCC who have the time and energy to dedicate to the party.”

Rosenthal told me this whole situation shows, “There is no trust whatsoever between the left and the middle.” And that’s something she wants to change.

For all the yelling from progressives and moderates (rightly or not), one winner here who was left out of much of the conversation was Mayor Ed Lee.

Rosenthal’s measure would’ve automatically made the mayor an ex-officio member of the local Democratic party. This would’ve dragged the mayor’s name into every vote the DCCC takes — on homelessness, housing, endorsements, everything — and asked him to form an opinion on all of those matters.

Hell, even if he sent proxies to the meetings — as many electeds often do — people still could have accused him of ducking controversy. This was a lose-lose for Mayor Lee.

Talking to Lee after his monthly question time at the Board of Supervisors today, On Guard asked if he’d actually attend the DCCC meetings if he was “drafted,” so to speak.

He jokingly nailed the issue on the head.

“Oh my gosh,” Lee said, shaking his head. “Let me think about that. That’s a whole lot of politics.”

It sure is.

On Guard prints the news and raises hell. Email him at joe@sfexaminer.com.

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