San Francisco Activists Call On Candidates To Stop Bashing Ed Lee

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San Francisco interim Mayor Ed Lee speaks to reporters after he filed paperwork to officially run for mayor on August 8, 2011. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Activists in San Francisco’s large Chinese-American community gathered in Chinatown Wednesday to call on mayoral candidates to stop bashing interim Mayor Ed Lee.

Mayor Lee has taken quite a beating since he changed his mind and decided to run to keep his position, but now some Chinese American leaders are telling the other candidates, especially the other three Asians, David Chiu, Leland Yee and Phil Ting, to back off.

”The candidates would be better off focusing on communicating their respective visions for where they want to lead the city of San Francisco,” said attorney Doug Chan, who sits on the Human Rights Commission.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

Sam Kwong, the president of the Chinese American Democratic Club, said that this is a chance to elect a Chinese American mayor and the community needs to pull together.

”They’re all beating up each other, and that doesn’t really help anything,” said Kwong.

Mayor Lee definitely upset the apple cart with his decision this week, forcing other mayoral candidates to re-think their strategies. This week, at least, the strategy has been accusing the mayor of breaking promises and questioning his personal integrity.

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