2nd District supervisor candidate Janet Wolf got a major shot in the arm this week, securing the plum endorsements of five public safety unions: city police, county sheriffs, deputy district attorneys, and the county and city fire departments. Her rival Dan Secord reportedly so antagonized leaders of the county fire department’s union—“shooting himself in the foot with a Howitzer,” according to one observer—that they adopted an “Anybody-but-Dan” policy. Secord—a fiscally conservative, but socially liberal Republican—has frequently run afoul of union endorsements. And candidate Das Williams lost favor with the city police union for bloodying the nose of City Councilmember Iya Falcone, who enjoys enthusiastic police support. Since public safety unions like to run in a pack, the fight for the endorsements came down to Wolf and neighborhood preservationist and slow-growther Joe Guzzardi. And Guzzardi—who works for the county fire department as an emergency planner—was regarded as too much of a long shot. Throughout the campaign, Williams and Wolf have fought for the hearts and minds of Democratic voters. While Wolf has the public—and financial—support of leaders in the party establishment, Williams has appealed more to the activist base. This week, he announced the endorsement of Linda Krop—chief counsel of the Environmental Defense Center—and Bob Sollen—a former News-Press environmental reporter and longtime Sierra Club member.
GUNS AND HOSES FOR WOLF
Originally published 12:00 p.m., May 11, 2006
Updated 3:57 p.m., June 1, 2006
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