Rose Pak says Chronicle made Ed Lee campaign difficult

Though Ed Lee took an early lead in the San Francisco mayoral election Tuesday, powerful backer Rose Pak was blunt about the one of the biggest challenges she thought the interim mayor faced in the campaign: The San Francisco Chronicle.

Pak spoke with The San Francisco Examiner on Tuesday afternoon before the polls in San Francisco closed. Lee emerged as a significant front-runner in the mayoral race, though with no decisive victory the race went to ranked-choice voting.

Pak attacked The Chronicle for the coverage of Lee, citing first the paper's decision to run an editorial telling Lee not to run for mayor.

Next was what Pak referred to as The Chronicle “trying their best to kill his campaign” by immediately reporting “every rumor, every minor little thing” associated with Lee.

And finally, the last offense consisted of the paper turning its most penetrating eye at Lee's campaign for alleged campaign violations when there were violations by other candidates,  Pak said.

According to Pak, it was difficult to raise money for Lee's campaign in the short amount of time after Lee announced he was officially running and The Chronicle's coverage did not help.

“I think the most scrutinized election ever has been Ed Lee's campaign,” Pak said.

However she brushed aside criticism about her good friend and vocal Lee supporter, Willie Brown, being a columnist at The Chronicle and discussing Lee in Sunday musings.

juliachan@sfexaminer.com

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