Thing is, Ed Lee's decision not to run in November brought harmony because it ruled him out as a rival at the polls. It put Ed Lee above petty factions. In staying out of election politics, Ed Lee seemed selfless. He set a standard.
He told the Chronicle in January that he wanted to keep his pledge not to run. "One of the things I want to restore in the city is trust," he said. "So that I could look supervisors in the eye and say, 'If you say you're going to do something and I say I'm going to do something, you can trust that it'll get done.'"
And now that's gone, Ed Lee.