The Axis of Power: center, Mayor Ed Lee, and left, former Mayor Willie Brown, meet Rep. Nancy Pelosi in Washington, DC. Brown is pressuring Ed Lee to run for a full term as San Francisco mayor, something Lee promised he would not do.
Credit Mayor Ed Lee for keeping us guessing up until now. But at least he's made a decision on the million-dollar political question: will he or won't he run for a full term as San Francisco mayor?
The decision is: he's decided when he's going to decide. And that'll be next week.
Other than that, it's all quiet as usual on the mustachioed mayor's political front, as he deflected a barrage of questions from reporters at a press event in the Bayview District on Monday morning -- but saying that he's preparing for the nastiness of a San Francisco political campaign, according to The Bay Citizen news Web site.
"I have to be ready for all the politics this city has, and hopefully it won't be as nasty as it's been in the past," Lee said, according to Web site. Whatever Lee's announcement will be, it must come before the Aug. 12 filing deadline.
Controversy has dogged Lee, the former City Administrator, since he was swept into office in January following Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom's ascension to Sacramento after promising that he would only be a "caretaker mayor" and not run in his own right.
A majority of supervisors voted him as mayor only after some backroom dealings involving Chinatown community leader Rose Pak, who is also heavily involved in an effort to draft Lee to run for mayor.
Will Lee or won't Lee break his promise and run? Months of asking this question are about to end, at the very least.