Mayor Ed Lee Pressured To Appoint Mother To Board of Supervisors

The most important political qualification in SF right now may be matriarchal.

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    Josh Keppel
    Political pressure is being applied to Mayor Ed Lee to appoint a person to the Board of Supervisors with special qualifications: a mother.

    Looking around the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, there appears to be something missing.

    A mother.

    There are black people, white people, two Latinos, women of color, LGBT people and LGBT people of color, and Chinese people on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors -- and no less than three fathers.

    But there are no mothers -- and Mayor Ed Lee is now subject of a campaign pressuring him to appoint a mother to the soon-to-be-vacant District 4 seat on the Board, according to reports.

    Lee must appoint a replacement for Carmen Chu, who will depart her post as D4 supe to assume the role of assessor-recorder in early March. By that point, Lee must figure out who he wants in her seat on the 11-member legislative body.

    Members of the Democratic County Central Committee will formally call on Lee next week to appoint a mother, according to the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

    Specifically, they are leaning towards Suzy Loftus, who sits on the police commission. But Loftus presents another liability for the mayor, who has seen two political appointees go down in flames in recent elections -- she is not Chinese, and D4, which is about half Chinese, has always had a Chinese-American representative.

    Decisions, decisions.

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