Will the SF Ethics Commission share an opinion on Mayor Huether being an Obama Delegate?


Where’s Waldo Huether? (he’s hiding in the back row-click to enlarge)

I find it interesting that the Ethics Commission would find it Unethical for councilors Erickson and Staggers to be committee members for the Minnehaha County Republican Party, but say nothing about Huether being a delegate for Obama.

Like I have said, I find NO conflicts with either. Huether serving as a delegate for the Democratic party for Obama has NOTHING to do with him acting as our mayor, just like the committee positions for the Republican party have nothing to do with the city council.

If Huether wants to assist his party, as do Erickson and Staggers, that is fine, and I find no conflicts. But there is a conflict. Why are councilors being treated differently when reviewing ethical behavior? I think someone needs to ask an opinion about Huether being a delegate, just as the councilors were. All is fair in Love and War.

As for Karsky, he really needs to resign from either the Chamber Board or the City Council. The Chamber works too closely with the council, it is way to close for comfort and an obvious conflict of interest.


#1 Dan Daily on 08.14.14 at 1:19 pm

Everyone in city government is unethical because they took the oath to protect & defend the unconstitutional Home Rule Charter. It’s necessary they also serve in other capacities so they feel an offset for citizen civil rights abuse. This ethics hearing thing is a bunch of crap if everyone’s guilty and the worst ones are on the board who makes rulings.

#2 Anthony D. Renli on 08.14.14 at 1:53 pm

As much as I hate to defend the mayor on this one (and I do pretty well hate to defend the mayor)…

Being a delegate for a presidential nominating convention doesn’t involve fundraising for the local Democratic/Republican party while being a sitting mayor/council-person.
Being on the local Democratic/Republican party committee does.

Karsky though….yeah – right on.

#3 l3wis on 08.14.14 at 2:36 pm

Huether has also helped others in his party with money and other support. Municipal office is non-partisan and what they do within their parties is there business. The Democratic and Republican party receive NO funds from the city, so no conflicts.

Yeah, the Chamber involvement is a BLATANT conflict.

#4 Anthony D. Renli on 08.14.14 at 4:05 pm

No Conflict?

I am a city council-person who is going to vote on an issues that will affect you(Mr./Ms Business Owner). I call you to ask for a donation to political party X. Yeah…that’s a conflict.

If you don’t think that as an overall policy this needs to be in place I have a bridge I need to sell you.

Just because Kermit is ethical enough to not have his vote bought by people trying to suck up to him…ask yourself this: If Mike Huether took a position to do fundraising for the Democratic party while still mayor what would your, or Dan Daily’s assessment of this be?

#5 Dan Daily on 08.14.14 at 8:46 pm

So, how does one go about making an ethics complaint against Karsky?

#6 LJL on 08.14.14 at 9:04 pm

“Being a delegate for a presidential nominating convention doesn’t involve fundraising for the local”

Are you smoking weed or are you serious about this statement?

#7 scott on 08.15.14 at 6:24 am

How many ethics board members are also chamber members?

#8 l3wis on 08.15.14 at 9:48 am

Okay, I will admit, I misspoke. I do have a problem with the fundraising part. Especially when the Dems were raising money for De Knudson. But that f’ing blew up in their faces. I joked with someone, “The Dems can’t even win when they support a Republican.” As for being a delegate and committee person, I still don’t see any conflicts with municipal government. Staggers has told me in the past he probably has more Dems and Indies vote for him then Republicans.

#9 Ethics watcher on 08.15.14 at 10:17 am

LaFollette’s firm was and the new owners are members.