Mayor Ed Lee sticks by Supervisor Olague despite Mirkarimi vote

Clash: Willie Brown

While Mayor Ed Lee says he is unhappy with his supervisorial appointee Christina Olague for voting to reinstate Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, he has not withdrawn his endorsement of her bid to be elected to a full term as District 5 supervisor.

His powerful friends, however, are speaking out.

Former Mayor Willie Brown has advised Lee and his friends to get over Olague’s vote and leave the Mirkarimi issue behind them. Two such friends — Lee’s prominent backer and Silicon Valley angel investor Ron Conway and his wife, Gayle — recently donated $69,000 to a political committee set up after the Mirkarimi vote to unseat Olague.

Lee expressed amusement Monday that Brown had used his regular column in Sunday’s San Francisco Chronicle to advise the mayor to “bury the hatchet” with Olague.

“I think, for him, if he was in this office and somebody told him to bury the hatchet, he would probably bury the hatchet in the back of somebody’s skull,” Lee joked.

The mayor declined to discuss his Olague endorsement or Conway’s effort to unseat her.

Meanwhile Monday, Olague’s supporters fired back at the Conway-backed political committee, which also received a $49,000 contribution from Linda Voigt, the wife of real estate investor Thomas Coates.

The San Francisco Labor Council announced a Thursday morning rally in support of Olague at City Hall to denounce the effort.

“Coates and Conway want San Francisco to be a playground for the rich,” the labor group said in announcing the rally, calling Conway and Coates “opportunists” looking to buy the election. “Conway and Coates represent the Pacific Heights crowd.”

Olague is locked in a fierce battle in progressive-leaning District 5, which includes the Fillmore, Western Addition and Haight neighborhoods. She received a campaign boost from progressives after her vote to reinstate suspended Mirkarimi; she was one of four supervisors to shoot down Lee’s effort to oust him from office for official misconduct.

Olague’s challengers include the more moderate London Breed, executive director of the African American Art and Culture Complex.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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