Agnos and other progressives rally for Olague


A string of prominent local progressive leaders today offered their support to Sup. Christina Olague – including former Mayor Art Agnos, who announced his endorsement of her in the District 5 supervisorial race – in a rally on the steps of City Hall.

In the process, many voiced a need to broaden and redefine progressivism as valuing independence and diversity of perspective more than just stands on specific issues, traits they said Olague embodies. But more than anything, the rally seemed aimed to consolidating progressive support around Olague as the best hope to beat moderate London Breed in one of the city's most progressive districts.

“District 5 is often referred to as the most progressive of San Francisco's supervisorial districts. It includes a diversity of views and opinions on how to meet the challenges all our communities face,” Agnos said. “And it takes a supervisor who know how to listen, to hear and respect those differing views, while working for a resolution that moves us forward.”

Sup. David Campos made only a veiled, indirect reference to the problems some progressives (himself among them) have had with some of Olague's stands since she was appointed to the job by Mayor Ed Lee, but he said, “Those of us who have worked with her know what's in her heart...She has been the independent person we always knew she would be and I'm proud to stand with her today.”

Several speakers made reference to Olague's working class roots, her perspective as a Latina and member of the LGBT community, and her history of progressive activism in San Francisco. Cleve Jones, Gabriel Haaland, Sandra Fewer, and Sup. Eric Mar were among those there to offer support.

“It was a big give by the Mayor's Office to appoint someone who wasn't always going to agree with him,” said Sup. Jane Kim, but that was about the only positive reference to the Mayor's Office, which turned on Olague after she voted to reinstate Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, setting the stage for her return to the progressive fold.

“To be a progressive is to share an ideology that understands and believes that the best decisions for our city require the participation of all of us, no matter who we are, where we live, or how big our checkbook is,” Agnos said. “As with so many who have endorsed her, that progressive label says she is a politician who understand this fundamental truth.”

SF Rising board member Alicia Garza kicked off the rally by saying, “We are here to set the record straight that the progressive movement is alive and well in San Francisco.” Later, she praise Olague's history as a community organizer, saying that, “She understands deeply what it means to empower communities.”

Sup. John Avalos, another supervisor who hasn't always agreed with Olague in the last nine months and just endorsed last week, commended her for the courage it takes to assert her values instead of simply supporting the mayor who appointed her. He said Olague recognizes that, “We live in a city of extremes, with extreme differences between the haves and have-nots.”

Another new progressive endorsement, coming in the wake of one-time progressive favorite Julian Davis' troubles, was Quintin Mecke, who said he first worked with Olague on anti-gentrification issues 13 years ago. “I trusted her work then and I trust her work today,” he said. Activist Lisa Feldstein – like Mecke, a former D5 candidate – echoed the sentiment.

“I'm here because I really trust Christina and want to fight for her,” Feldstein said. “She comes from a place of integrity and compassion.”

When Olague finally took the podium, she said, “I am humbled by the heartfelt words of my colleagues.” She also tried to help define progressivism in San Francisco, said that it “isn't about a cult of personality.”

Instead, she said it's about working to building people's capacity to create an inclusive and just city. “It's about building a movement that can weather any storm,” Olague said, closing by saying she'll ensure “the progressive voice is always strong in District 5 and I'll keep working to make it heard until I'm blue in the face...I am the most progressive person in the race.”


Right, because straight women never, ever talk to old gay men about men and sex.

Posted by marcos on Oct. 27, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

Grabbing someone's ass, sliding your fingers inside a women's pants in an attempt to finger their pussy or pinching their tits is not "sex." It's assault when a woman isn't receptive and Kay has indicated that she wasn't. You cannot seem to understand the difference.

I understand for you Marcos, an ass grab is a welcome invitation to what is no doubt a delightful 2-3 minutes of power bottoming. For most females it's not.

Posted by Troll II on Oct. 27, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

We don't know what Kay has said because Kay's not made a public statement.

This lynching has, like most all, been executed purely out of hearsay and innuendo.

Posted by marcos on Oct. 27, 2012 @ 5:54 pm

she was "appalled" and "humiliated." Is that not clear enough for you Marcos? is there some kind of hidden meaning to being "so appalled and really humiliated?"

You really need to stop.

Posted by Troll II on Oct. 27, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

Interesting how it was not so much of an affront that reporting it as a crime, as Barnes suggested at the time, or slapping him or throwing a drink in his face, would warrant but enough of an affront to raise at the end of a political campaign.

This paternalism that seeks to cast everyone as the most outraged political actor, as if everyone with the same outward characteristics thinks the same, would cast themselves belies reality.

The colder and closer to an election this gets the more likely that political considerations trump personal considerations.

Posted by marcos on Oct. 27, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

While the issues and who will actually be the best supervisor are left a distant third.

Posted by Hortencia on Oct. 30, 2012 @ 9:35 am

Of course on "Three's Company," when Audra Lindley would say "And he made a pass at her, at a Single's Bar!" she would also drawl ruefully, almost under her breath, "I wish Stanley would make pass at me..."

Posted by marcos on Oct. 27, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

I'd ask you to take one... but since you are Troll II, I already know what the result will be, so I won't.

Thanks. BTW, there might be a future for you writing skanky versions of Danielle Steele romances.

Posted by lillipublicans on Oct. 27, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

You do realize you're aping (badly) the same rhetoric Republicans use to smear women who claim they were sexually harassed?

Posted by Troll II on Oct. 27, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

Kay did not work with of for Julian. You make up charges of sexual harassment like you made up charges of domestic violence.

Quit trying to work through the fact that the priest would not abuse you vicariously through other peoples' lives.

Posted by marcos on Oct. 27, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

As George Takei said: "I read!"

Posted by marcos on Oct. 27, 2012 @ 7:45 pm

That is one hella bizarre photo. The very same folks who vilified her for months now love her?

Posted by Guest on Oct. 27, 2012 @ 3:36 pm

... musta been some other "Guest," right?

But just in case: any -- *ANY* citation for one of the pictured as being in any way "vilifying" towards Olague.



Posted by lillipublicans on Oct. 27, 2012 @ 4:13 pm

They took Olague to task numerous times on this site for failing to be a "reliable" progressive. They failed to endorse her. Your willful ignorance is laughable.

Posted by Troll II on Oct. 27, 2012 @ 5:39 pm

...always been at war with Eastasia.

Posted by Hortencia on Oct. 29, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

We'll probably never know for sure what did or did not happen in 2006, what exactly the accepted but then retracted apology was for or what motivations brought it out 3 weeks before this election.

In short, progressives would be wise to examine what drove a person mentioned several times above in this blog. This individual has done an enormous amout of volunteer work for progressive causes and candidates, was exploited by progressive "names" for more than 5 years, and made genuine economic sacrifices for the cause.

Not a big Nietzsche fan because he rationalizes cruelty but he had a psychological insight that is relevant to the motor for the whole D5 story. He wrote humans will nothingness before willing nothing at all. In candor that destructive nihilism worked itself into D5 because from years of experience this young individual knew that participation in the progressive cause leads only to rejection and hurt. These sad outcomes were interpreted in the form of a progressive community that is mindlessly unaware of its own treatment of women.

That may not be a correct interpretation but that's how it was viewed, and there is some basis for it.

After the big win for the Class of 2008 petered out, losing the Mayor's office and Ross Mirkarimi's tragic DV case there are progressive activists out there who legitimately feel they have nothing to lose and that their times has been wasted. In D5 such a motivation has been shown to have electoral consequences.

For the political faction that tries to rally the poor and the purists, there's no real answer to how these material deprevations can be in any way be assuaged but it's a huge problem for progressives. Burton patronage would take care of it in a former time. However, when young and formerly idealistic young people feel burned and alienated, like they have zero to lose, it's trouble.

Marginalizing the person or calling them out in a juvenile or characteristically narcissistic fashion is not an answer.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 28, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

That is one hella bizarre photo. The very same folks who vilified her for months now love her?

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