Political insiders and outsiders have been crawling out of the woodwork to put in their two cents about who should replace outgoing Mayor Gavin Newsom, who will resign in January to become the state’s lieutenant governor.
Everyone who is anyone around City Hall is calling for the Board of Supervisors to set aside politics and pick someone who would serve as a “caretaker” of the city until the 2011 mayoral race. And then there are those who are a little more transparent about their agenda, as evidenced in the chamber president’s recent blog post.
Chamber President Steve Falk does the courtesy of asking city supervisors not to politicize the debate. But then he goes on to be a little more frank about the chamber’s position on this issue.
“What our city needs is an interim leader who will carry out Mayor Newsom’s centrist policies and keep in place his administrative team,” Falk writes. “That was the will of the voters three years ago when Mayor Newsom was re-elected by a landside. If there is any doubt as to whether or not voter preferences have changed, one needs only to look at this month’s election to confirm the city’s moderate political priorities remain the same.”
Should we add another name to the list of potential interim mayors?