When London Breed became Board of Supervisors President last year, besting David Campos for the top spot, her election was interpreted as a victory for the board's so-called moderates over its so-called progressives.
But it was also an intriguing political coup: Breed, after all, arrived on the board in 2012 by literally declaring she gave no fucks, specifically as those fucks might regard established political players or protocols. "You think I give a fuck about a Willie Brown at the end of the day, when it comes to my community and the shit that people like Rose Pak and Willie Brown continue to do and try to controls things," Breed declared when a reporter asked if she were beholden to Brown.
"Why do women have to be a pawn for somebody?," she went on — or, rather, off. "Why aren’t women strong enough to stand on their own two feet and run and be the kind of voice that I mean, look at my record, Willie Brown didn’t do that work, I did the work. Willie Brown didn’t make those decisions on redevelopment — I made those decisions. Willie Brown didn’t wipe my ass when I was a baby — my grandmother took care of me."
Since that declaration, Breed has taken a similar tone on Twitter, once leading SFist to call her "the Amanda Bynes of SF Supervisors." More recently, Breed had some real talk for local progressive political website 48 Hills.
"The official publication of the non-profit San Francisco Progressive Media Company," 48 Hills was launched in 2013 after its editor Tim Redmond was forced out of his long-held position as editor of the San Francisco Bay Guardian when that publication was taken over by the SF Media Company. Funding was pulled from from the Guardian the following year. But in Breed's estimation, 48 Hills is little more than "a bullshit ass blog," a quote that comes from Breed's seemingly private missive to Redmond, which he has since published on said blog.
Breed's words came in response to a previous 48 Hills article commenting on a recent Board of Supervisors meeting. "Sup. London Breed, who in the past few months has moved toward the progressive camp as she faces an election against tenant lawyer (and progressive) Dean Preston," wrote Redmond. "But in this case, she voted on the mayor’s party line every single time." Under the article's headline, Redmond was even more blunt: "Breed tries to undermine majority and sides with the mayor on a series of 6-5 vote," he wrote, which is some serious spin. That lead to Breed's note:
So, when I vote one way, the way you disagree with, I’m the mayor’s bitch, but when I vote the way you want me to, it’s because I have a challenger?
So if this is true:
“In the past four years, on the vast majority of contested votes, Breed has been on the side of the mayor’s 6-5 majority (until last year, when the majority shifted and a tenant lawyer, Dean Preston, challenged her from the left).”
then how does this happen?
wow Tim, you are really a piece of work! Honesty? you don’t even fact check your own bullshit ass blog!
As my grandmother used to say “I’m going to pray for you, cause you got the devil in you"
On Redmond's website, where he is no longer constrained by the oppressive word limits of print journalism, he's written a lengthy response to Breed and a defense of his original piece. To that, Breed's reply — or lack of one — might look like this:
Jumping for joy at Sunday Streets! pic.twitter.com/H98RePvrPo— London Breed (@LondonBreed) September 11, 2016