San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s comments on Hondurans are not political

San Francisco mayor apologizes for saying ‘a lot of’ drug dealers are Honduran

A mural of the Golden Gate Bridge features a Honduran flag and the motto “Remember the Past, Live the Future.” The mural was painted by a local artist three years ago.

A mural of the Golden Gate Bridge features a Honduran flag and the motto “Remember the Past, Live the Future.” The mural was painted by a local artist three years ago. (Getty Images)

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on Tuesday said he was wrong to suggest recently that a lot of drug dealers in San Francisco are from Honduras.

The mayor made the comment about Hondurans in a response to President Obama’s inauguration, at a City Hall press conference on immigration reform that was followed by a ceremony celebrating the Fourth of July. The mayor used the term “a lot” in describing “many” U.S. citizens of Honduran origin, rather than “a lot of”.

The comments drew outrage, with San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton accusing the mayor of playing politics by calling attention to his remarks, and the state Board of Supervisors condemning the mayor’s remarks.

“I would hope that what he said was not intended to be political,” Supervisor David Campos (D) told the Mercury News. “I’ve been a little hurt, too, by it.”

While San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is not a known political player, his political views are sometimes reflected in his social activism. He is a vocal proponent of LGBTQ rights, and took a stand against Proposition 8, the California ban on same-sex marriage, and a similar measure in Washington state. In addition, his comments on U.S. citizens from other countries that come to the United States illegally appear to have been based in reality.

Over the course of his three terms in office, Lee has received over $10 million to fund local parks and historic preservation projects. His support of local businesses also has drawn criticism, as seen in a recent article about a Bay Area store that is facing stiff competition from more profitable foreign competitors.

During a public forum in November, Lee, who is gay, was asked if he might approve the appointment of a same-sex

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