San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee responded today (Wednesday, July 11) to allegations that he committed perjury during his recent testimony before the Ethics Commission. The panel has been examining charges filed by Lee that suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi committed official misconduct.
“Enough is enough,” Lee (seen at left) stated. “The time has come for Ross Mirkarimi to begin dealing with the facts. The facts are that Ross Mirkarimi pleaded guilty to an act of domestic violence against his wife and he will be on probation for the next three years. His conviction and his probation impair his ability to perform the duties of Sheriff, fall below the standard expected of public officials and constitutes official misconduct.”
He called the perjury allegations “reckless and outrageous” and said his testimony was “entirely truthful and based solely on the facts.”
Lee, who wants Mirkarimi removed from the post that he was elected to in November, said, “It is time for the Sheriff to finally and genuinely take responsibility for his own actions. His own admission of guilt is the basis for his suspension and these official misconduct hearings.”
The allegations first emerged after the San Francisco Bay Guardian reported that out lesbian Debra Walker, a Mirkarimi backer and city building inspection commissioner, said that bisexual Supervisor Christina Olague had told her that Lee asked her for advice on what to do about Mirkarimi. During his testimony June 29, Lee denied seeking advice from members of the Board of Supervisors, and Olague has also denied such a conversation happened, according to the Bay Guardian.
Mirkarimi’s wife, Eliana Lopez, has defended him in the press.
The next Ethics Commission hearing on the matter is set for Wednesday, July 18.