Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Lesbian’s campaign to oust sheriff falters

Andrea Shorter (Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland)

A campaign to get San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi to resign from office that out lesbian Andrea Shorter has led appears to be faltering.

On December 12, Shorter, a member of the city’s Commission on the Status of Women, and others launched, an online petition which bears the heading “Ross Mirkarimi: Don’t put San Francisco through a recall. Resign!”

The site lists a goal of collecting 50,000 signatures, but it appears that in the two weeks since the launch, only a fraction of the people whose signatures are sought have lent their support.

Shorter didn’t respond to a Bay Area Reporter email asking how many people have signed. In a Friday, December 21 email, former district attorney’s spokeswoman Debbie Mesloh, who was copied on the B.A.R.’s email and is also backing the petition, said only, “We have had thousands of signatures thus far.”

Mirkarimi pleaded guilty to a domestic-violence related charge earlier this year. Mayor Ed Lee called for him to be removed from office, but the Board of Supervisors rejected that bid in October. Shorter’s been pushing for a recall for weeks.

Asked during a December 12 conference call about whether the site is a sign that she’s not as confident as she had been that there’s enough support for a recall, Shorter said her latest effort “doesn’t mean we’re not confident. It means we’re going through a process … We want to make sure we have as broad an outreach as possible to see where people are and what they want to do moving forward.”

— Seth Hemmelgarn, December 26, 2012 @ 3:16 pm PST
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