Union-backed committee blasts Mayor Ed Lee

“Just Another Politician,” is the slogan of a new website and mailer aimed at Mayor Ed Lee and paid for by a union-backed political committee looking to help state Sen. Leland Yee get elected.

The campaign material, which cost $89,000 according to Ethics Commission records, focuses on Lee’s initial promise not to seek permanent office after he was appointed as a caretaker mayor in January.

“We trusted Ed Lee,” the mailer says. “We were wrong.”

It also includes four quotes staggered over an eight-month period that show how Lee changed his mind, even after repeatedly saying he wasn’t running in order to maintain his nonpolitical status and the newfound tone of civility at City Hall.

“After an eight-month gestation, a politician is born,” states the heading of the quotes.

The materials were funded by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which has set up an independent expenditure committee — worth $100,000 in the most recent Ethics Commission filings — on behalf of Yee.

Yee has been heavily endorsed by the union since February, and as a state senator, has sponsored legislation on its behalf.

The union represents 1.6 million workers nationwide, with Local 3299 representing University of California employees, Local 829 representing county workers and Local 2620 representing state health and social service professionals.

Tony Winnicker, Lee’s campaign spokesman, said it’s no surprise that the political committee is supporting Yee, given that the senator has been long entrenched at the State Capitol.

“I’m not surprised at this recycled attack line,” Winnicker said. “And there is also no surprise some of these Sacramento-based organizations are backing him with an independent expenditure committee.”

dschreiber@sfexaminer.com

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