Sheriff's wife talks to KGO-TV

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KGO's Dan Noyes flew to Caracas, Venezuela to interview the wife of embattled San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, and while her comments haven't made anywhere near the media splash that most scraps of information on this sordid tale create, it's very much worth watching the video. Check it out here.

Remember as you watch: Mirkarimi hasn't been able to speak to his wife in months. The stay-away order prevents him from seeing her or phoning her or emailing her or contacting her in any way (except to coordinate his limited visits and skype calls with his son). It's possible that the two of them came up with a joint story early on in the process, before the restraining order, but unless that happened, they're both offering independent versions of the events.

And a lot of what Lopez says is consistent with a lot of what Mirkarimi says.

She tells Noyes that she was never afraid of her husband or fearful for their son. She says that she thought her neighbor, Ivory Madison, was an attorney and that the video -- designed to be used in a possible future custody battle -- would be confidential. (Madison's lawyer disputes that.) She tells more or less the same tale of that New Year's Eve that Mirkarimi does.

She also says there was no prior incidence of domestic violence -- that her comments on the tape about "the second time" referred only to an earlier verbal argument about her travel to Venezuala.

Not defending Mirkarimi's actions here (and no, trolls, I never have). Just saying that it's important to hear his wife's (presumably) unvarished version of events when we make judgments around whether he should keep his job. (The mayor never bothered to talk to Lopez before he filed official misconduct charges).

I don't think the embattled sheriff was happy to hear his wife say that the couple may divorce, or that she may not return to San Francisco (the city, she says -- justifiably -- hasn't been nice to her).

But I think the voice of Eliana Lopez has been missing too long in this whole political battle, and I'm glad to see she's speaking out.

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disclose the latest poll results as reported today in the Chronicle, showing a full 76% of the voters polled supporting the Mayor's decision to fire Ross, as opposed to a mere 14% stating that Ross should keep his job, the other 10% being undecided?

Could it be that you only ever want to tell one side of the same tired, old, doomed story?

And if you accept that over five SF voters want Ross gone for every one who wants him to stay, then on what credible, feasible basis can you defend your endless, plaintive defence of the undefensible, purely on ideological grounds?

Oh, and exactly where in all that did Eliana give ANY indication that she has the remotestest intention of returning to the man who pleaded guilty to abusing her?

Give it up, man.

Posted by Guest on May. 27, 2012 @ 2:39 pm
Posted by Guest on May. 27, 2012 @ 3:17 pm

I was just curious why Tim so pointedly ignored that news in favor of some other news that appears to be more favorable to Ross's case. both news items emerged on the same day. Curious.

Well, at least except the part where Lopez ducked any commitment to ever return here. Hardly the actions of a truly supportive wife, huh?

Posted by Guest on May. 27, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

Yes, you know that if M&R cited a poll where 50.01% of the people supported Mirkarimi we would certainly hear about the majority of San Franciscans supporting their elected Sheriff on the pages of the SFBG.

Even though multiple polls have all reached the 70% mark the SFBG policy remains the same. There are 2 types of polls. (1) Polls that support the Progressive camp and (2) Flawed polls.

Posted by Troll on May. 27, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

It'd be silly and idiotic for Tim to discuss the Chron's poll results. For one, the Chron, probably the biggest influencer of public opinion in SF has been on a mission to take out RM since this started. They weren't fair in either their editorials or news coverage. They put heavy pressure on the relevant public officials to do everything to end RM's career. So it would only be a shocker if those poll #s weren't sim to what they are.

But poll #s can change quickly when new facts come out or a person with a lot of influence comes out in favor or opposed to something.

And also often poll results show the public to be badly wrong with the poll numbers completely reversing themselves at a much later date. Fact is it's relatively easy to get a certain direction of poll results in both the media and the top politicians are going in one direction - whether that direction is right or wrong - as is the case here.

The topic of Tim's post is her video which is very relevant because no one has heard her speak. And whether she divorces him is pretty irrelevant to whether or not RM is receiving fair justice - and the ppl that voted for him who want to see their vote count unless it's proven that the person they voted for should not hold office. That's not been the case here.

This has been a classic might-makes-right take down of RM with heavy heavy pressure put on the relevant politicos to "do the right thing."

They want the guy to lose his job and his career in politics and badly damage his rep over him grabbing his wife's arm for a second - at least that's all the evidence they've shown. There's no calls to police from her against him, none of her friends coming forwd to say she told them she was being abused, nothing else so far besides a momentary arm-grabbing.

If there's more, list something else that's BEEN PROVEN that he's done against her or anyone else. Put up or shut up.

Posted by Guest on May. 27, 2012 @ 8:38 pm

were Ross's words when he gave his "candid" account. Every word chosen was performative and nuanced to make the speaker look innocent.

Eliana wants Ross to get his job back because where else is she going to turn for money? I suppose she could ask for her soap opera job back but she's tarnished goods at this point.

No, Eliana needs Ross making 200K pa again because that is what she had in mind when planning her divorce, alimony and custody battles with Madison. She never realised that video would cost Ross the gravy train.

And why is she now claiming there was no prior violence and abuse when we have it on video that she previously said there was?

What a couple.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 05, 2012 @ 7:18 am

Not even a filthy mendacious Chronicle push poll against Mirkarimi.

Doesn't stop the liars from spouting drivel though. Please do not feed the trolls by responding to hypothetical poll results that have no basis in fact as though they are valid.

Posted by lillipublicans on Jun. 05, 2012 @ 6:24 am

But of course you didn't like the results and so go into denial. Over three out of four SF voters now want Ross gone. And that's before he is forced to reveal his text messages.

Meanwhile his ever-so supportive wife enters his third month in Caracas instead of standing by her husband's side in support. No doubt the planning for her upcoming alimony battle is a bitch.

Give it up, Lilli - you're fooling nobody.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 05, 2012 @ 7:13 am

to provide a link to it, wouldn't you? (And don't simply provide a link to some caption story that has some text referring to the earlier poll with no other significance to this false claim. SFGate is full of lies and other contemptible bull effluent.

Posted by lillipublicans on Jun. 05, 2012 @ 9:33 am

Or that they ran the story but got their facts wrong?

I'd assume you mean the latter since the Chron story was much referenced and discussed at the time - May 27. go read it for yourself in that day's edition.

Anyway, a poll showing 76% wanting Ross gone is hardly out of line with previous polls, which all show a majority wanting him gone AND that majority increasing with time. The poll before that showed 70% wanting him gone.

That's hardly a shock given the information that is coming out slowly but inexorably about the extent to which Ross tried to hush this up and use proxies to seek to suppress prosecution.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 05, 2012 @ 9:48 am

... part of a broader survey. Dya know? When I "googled" it, that fetid swamp of comically toxic spew which goes under the sobriquet "Matier and Ross" only displayed on my screen as as an empty caption story about the building inspector. I suppose it could have been my connection or my computer... if it wasn't in fact the raddled SFGate site's own difficulty as it faltered under the weight of its own moral sickness and depravity.

Anyhow, the story refers to a May 16-21 poll, conducted by "Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz and Associates" which is purported to have found that "76 percent of the 601 city voters surveyed agreed with Mayor Ed Lee's March 20 decision to replace Mirkarimi with retired department veteran Vicki Hennessy."

So, with all the crap that the Comical has been printing and the verve with which so many of the City's political cockroaches have been attacking Mirkarimi, is there really any doubt that this is just the second of such push polls intended not to gauge public opinion, but to manipulate it?

At least with the first poll, the questions asked were available so that the manipulative quality could be fairly assessed. I can only wonder at how bald and extreme in character this push poll was.

Posted by lilliipublicans on Jun. 05, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

you claim it's not valid"?

Why would anyone support Mirk with all the facts coming out about his case? And he only makes it worse by digging himself deeper.

His "wife" isn't helping much either, by hiding out overseas rather than stand by him.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 05, 2012 @ 2:38 pm

A poll comes out that you disagree with an automatically it is a push poll and the people are just sheep. Did you ever think that maybe the majority of people in SF just want Ross to be out of office and disagree with you?

Posted by D.native on Jun. 05, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

which are made in conjunction with the questions being asked. In the one and only poll release thus far -- which was in May -- the questioner prefaced the question about whether Mirkarimi should stay on by claiming that the charges he was originally faced with were "far more serious" implying that his plea on misdemeanor false imprisonment constituted him "getting off light."

That is a flat contradiction of what the district attorney has explicitly said, but it definitely can be understood for what it was: a ploy to depress support for the sheriff.

In this second "poll" WHICH ALLEGEDLY WAS PERFORMED, no information regarding it has thus far been released. There has been no information regarding the wording of the questions, and nothing more detailed about those responding than their (supposedly) being SF Voters; no ages or political affiliations, no information regarding how the sample was chosen or what statistical error is involved.

You can only pretend to invest credulity in this slime.

Posted by lillipublicans on Jun. 06, 2012 @ 5:18 am

significantly alter a poll that has 70% to 76% preponderance.

Given that 60% is considered a landslide in politcs, 75% or so is a crushing majority. In fact I cannot recall any election won by that margin.

So the people have spoken, and I suspect those Supes who are up for re-election in November are taking note of the will of the people, as well as the stream of damaging revelatiosn continuing to come out about Ross.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 06, 2012 @ 5:59 am

And only Republican gasbaggery can develop to such "high art" as to represent this secret and alleged poll of unknown content as "the people have spoken" on one hand, and then demurely claim elsewhere that it was wrong for the people of Wisconsin attempt a recall of their Republican governor unless in case of "OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT."

I just want to puke when I read the crap which gets pretentiously strewn about by you guys.

Posted by lillipublicans on Jun. 06, 2012 @ 6:27 am

And it's really time Tim moved on - for the sake of the progressive movement if not for Ross and his need to move on with his life in a non-political manner. Ross is finished as a political figure in this town - end of story.

BTW - Eliana is beginning to resemble Nadya "Octomom" Suleman.

Posted by Troll II on May. 27, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

face of today's stunning poll numbers showing the incredible level of public distaste for Ross's behavior in this matter, speaks to the fact that Progressives find it so difficult to ever gain traction or critical mass that they will do almost anything to cling to what few remaining vestiges of power they have.

Eleven SF voters want Ross gone for every two who want him to stay on. That indicates an absolute absence of mandate for Ross to maintain any credibility in that job and, for the good of the city, he should quit and Tim should demand that.

The fact that Eliana has again shown zero indication of being by Ross's side shows that even more compellingly. This is so done.

Posted by Guest on May. 27, 2012 @ 4:19 pm

Since he seems to be roaming SF neighborhoods these days answering questions, is this: why did he try and destroy Ivory Madison's reputation after the video became public in a scorched earth campaign to retain his job? Madison was a supporter of his, she held a fundraiser for him when he was running for office and resisted turning the tape over until she was legally compelled to do so. In return Ross tried to paint her as a deranged, vengeful wanna-be attorney with a chip on her shoulder. The controversy caused her to lose out on VC funding for her company putting the jobs of her employees, who had nothing to do with any of this, in jeopardy. Madison has never spoken publicly about the scandal - while Eliana and Ross parade around doing interview after interview and continue to lie about what really happened. Does Mirkarimi feel his actions in seeking to destroy a pregnant woman's reputation and career in a bid to save his own were justified now?

Posted by Troll II on May. 27, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

Both Eliana Lopez and Ross Mirkirimi refused to cooperate with the police, DA's office and the mayor's office throughout this entire circus. Now they are both complaining that no one BOTHERED to listen to their side of the story. I am sick of them crying persecution every chance they get. If they, or more specifically he, had cooperated from the get go this whole thing would have gone away a long time ago with a much more favorable outcome for Ross.

Posted by Guest on May. 27, 2012 @ 5:06 pm

Something his defenders have a hard time factoring into their conspiracy-laden view of this whole situation.

Posted by Troll II on May. 27, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

If you were a prominent politician who'd made a lot of enemies and if somebody had a vid of you in a bad argument with your wife with her crying and the vid was released and then the whole machine - the press and all the politicians with the most power - went after you with a vengeance and your legal bills were getting close to bankrupting you and you knew they could bankrupt you and play that vid in court and make you look really bad, you'd probably start thinking of ways to end what you consider to be a nightmare that was being blown out of ridiculous proportions.

And then after you did, you can count on there being some juvenile twit named Troll or Troll 2 on some mb going, "but he pled guilty, ya know he pled guilty, you did know that didn't you, that must mean he's guilty of everything!"

And you'd go, "god is that guy an annoying twit!"

Posted by Guest on May. 27, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

So if I understand you correctly Ross is a person who was convicted of a crime that he didn't commit.

Great Sheriff material.

His job is to incarcerate other people who have been convicted and he is the poster child for the falsely convicted.

I don't doubt that some people plead guilty just to make a problem go away, but that isn't an option if you are the Sheriff.

Posted by Troll on May. 27, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

That's what we're saying.

Posted by Troll II on May. 27, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

>"Remember as you watch: Mirkarimi hasn't been able to speak to his wife in months....And a lot of what Lopez says is consistent with a lot of what Mirkarimi says."

Um...Sherlock...she can read his account in the papers just like anyone else.

Posted by Troll on May. 27, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

I wish all these rich people would hurry up and move to the Islands when the Bush tax cuts expire and they have to pay the same tax rate as their janitors, and leave our political system alone.

Posted by Guest on May. 27, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

Elena says in the interview that Ross spotted her on the floor at the environmental conference in Brazil and began dogging her immediately.

He must have been having another "testosterone-packaged" moment.

(Ross's own phrase for describing his horny bent)

Posted by Troll the XIV on Jun. 06, 2012 @ 9:54 am