The San Francisco Police Officers’ Association announced today (Friday, October 12) that it was rescinding its second place endorsement of Olague, who is in a tough re-election battle this fall.
“Ms. Olague has demonstrated her lack of empathy and support for victims of domestic violence during her recent vote before the Board of Supervisors and the SFPOA can no longer support her in this very important race,” wrote SFPOA President Gary Delagnes in an email that was circulated to police officers and reporters.
Delagnes reiterated the group’s number one endorsement of London Breed, executive director of the African American Art and Culture Complex, in the closely watched race for the Haight and Western Addition centered supervisor seat.
“The SFPOA continues to endorse and support London Breed for District 5 Supervisor so when you vote on Tuesday November 6th vote for a candidate who cares. Vote… London Breed, District 5,” Delagnes wrote in his email.
It was the latest criticism Olague has faced since joining with three of her board colleagues Tuesday to reinstate Mirkarimi. The decision was a major blow to Mayor Ed Lee, who had suspended the sheriff without pay in March on grounds of official misconduct after Mirkarimi pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge stemming from a fight he had with wife last year.
Olague’s decision has caused tension between her and Lee’s administration and his allies. The mayor tapped Olague to fill the vacancy created when Mirkarimi resigned to become sheriff.
Her bucking Lee drew a rebuke from U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein during an editorial board meeting with the Bay Area Reporter Thursday. One of Lee’s gay aides and former mayoral campaign spokesman, Tony Winnicker, sent Olague a text message telling her he was disgusted by her vote, as the Bay Guardian first reported. (Being a District 5 resident, Winnicker defended his speaking out.)
Yet Olague’s breaking with the mayor has also brought her plaudits. The Guardian‘s founding publisher, Bruce Brugmann, wrote on his blog that she and the three other supervisors had “earned profiles of courage” for their vote.
And the Bay Area Reporter editorial board Thursday awarded Olague, the first out bisexual person to serve on the Board of Supervisors, a number one endorsement in the race. The city’s main LGBT newspaper wrote that it was “extremely pleased with the courage she exhibited Tuesday night in voting to reinstate Sheriff Mirkarimi.”