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

Bay Area NewsGovernment & PoliticsPoliticsUnder the Dome

Just Posted

ose Pak and Willie Brown at an event in 2014. 
Rose Pak and Willie Brown at an event in 2014.
Willie and Rose: An alliance for the ages

How the Mayor and Chinatown activist shaped San Francisco, then and now

San Francisco supervisors are considering plans to replace trash cans — a “Renaissance” garbage can is pictured on Market Street — with pricey, unnecessary upgrades. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
San Francisco must end ridiculous and expensive quest for ‘pretty’ trash cans

SF’s unique and pricey garbage bins a dream of disgraced former Public Works director

Giants right fielder Mike Yastrzemski is pictured at bat on July 29 against the Dodgers at Oracle Park; the teams are in the top spots in their league as the season closes. (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
With playoff positions on the line, old rivalries get new life

Giants cruised through season, Dodgers not far behind

Golden Gate Park visitors may take a survey about options regarding private car access on John F. Kennedy Drive, which has been the subject of controversy during the pandemic.<ins> (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Your chance to weigh in: Should JFK remain closed to cars?

Host of mobility improvements for Golden Gate Park proposed

Drivers gathered to urge voters to reject an initiative that would exempt Uber, Lyft, and other gig economy companies from state labor laws, in San Francisco in October 2020. (Jim Wilson/New York Times)
What’s the role of unions in the 21st century?

As membership declines in California, economic inequality increases

Most Read