By Luke Thomas
September 27, 2012
London Breed, a candidate running for the District 5 seat in November, today accused the campaign to elect appointed District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague of posting negative attack bills in the District.
“You can be sure, this is the first in what will be a series of escalating attacks from the clearly frightened and desperate Olague campaign,” Breed said in a press statement.
As many as 20 bills, which highlight colorful remarks made by Breed to Fog City Journal last month, remarks reprinted in the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Bay Guardian – have been posted on light poles and bus stop shelters “within a four block radius” of the Lower Haight area of the District, Breed told FCJ in a follow-up interview.
Breed said she is “absolutely sure” the Olague campaign is responsible for posting the attack bills. “I wouldn’t say it if I wasn’t.”
“I know it is [the Olague campaign],” Breed added without providing specifics. “It is clear that the current supervisor is compromised. She’s not for the residents. She’s for Willie Brown, Rose Pak and those who want to have complete control over this Board of Supervisors and the policy decisions of this city. We need an independent supervisor. Whether they vote for me or anyone else, it is critical that voters make their voices heard and they do not vote to put the current supervisor back in that seat.”
Olague was appointed to the D5 seat by Mayor Ed Lee following her co-chairship of the controversial ‘Run, Ed, Run’ campaign and former District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi’s election to Sheriff.
Enrique Pearce, a consultant working on the Olague campaign, refuted Breed’s claim.
“This is ridiculous,” Pearce said in an email response. “The Olague campaign had nothing to do with this juvenile flyer. For months, our campaign has been the subject of unfair attacks. We challenge each candidate to campaign on his or her own record of experience and vision for District 5. Everything else is just a distraction.”
“It’s sad that London Breed is using these flyers as a basis to level even more personal attacks against Christina Olague,” Pearce added. “But I have to hand it to her, she’s quite an original.”