By Luke Thomas
June 14, 2011
All eyes will be on Supervisor David Campos at today’s Board of Supervisors meeting over the appointment of corporate defense attorney Julius Turman to the San Francisco Police Commission.
Apparently the progressive supe is uncomfortable with his support for Turman, according to a reliable source, but remains committed to Turman despite damaging reports of Turman’s record absenteeism on the Human Rights Commission.
So why is Campos ignoring the obvious and risking his progressive credentials and political capital in supporting a less than qualified candidate?
Campos maintains his personal relationship with Turman, which dates back to 1997, outweighs his consideration of whether Turman is qualified to serve the people of San Francisco on the police commission.
But that’s not quite the full story: Turman also donated $500 to Campos’ 2008 campaign for supervisor.
Responding, Campos denied Turman’s contribution to his campaign for supervisor is influencing his consideration for Turman’s appointment.
“I am supporting this guy because I know who he is and he’ll be right on the issues that come before police commission,” Campos said of Turman.
Ok, but what about Turman’s documented record absenteeism on the Human Rights Commission? What if he doesn’t show up to vote on the issues important to Campos?
“The issue of integrity is important to me,” Campos said. “This is no excuse, but it’s not entirely clear to me whether Turman’s reported absences are accurate.”
The Board is expected to vote on the appointment later today.