Todd Vogt is arguably the most powerful figure in the world of San Francisco media.
And he has a message for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: resign.
Since November 19, Vogt has been on a highly entertaining one-man Twitter crusade to get Pelosi to step down from office--even going as far as a doing a near-daily countdown of the number of days since his calls for her resignation began.
Here are some of his tweets:
Vogt, who took control of the Examiner as part of a consortium in 2011 and purchased the Guardian earlier this year, told SF Appeal that, while he would like both papers to editorialize against Pelosi more frequently, he doesn't let his own ideology influence the papers' discretion.
In the run-up to the November election, both the Examiner and the Guardian endorsed Pelosi for re-election; however, the latter's endorsement was notably tepid:
We've never been happy with Rep. Pelosi, who used the money and clout of the old Burton machine to come out of nowhere to beat progressive gay supervisor Harry Britt for the seat in 1986. Her signature local achievement is the bill that created the first privatized national park in the nation's history (the Presidio), which now is home to a giant office complex built by filmmaker George Lucas with the benefit of a $60 million tax break. She long ago stopped representing San Francisco, making her move toward Congressional leadership by moving firmly to the center.
Rumors swirled around Pelosi's future in the wake of November's election, particularly when it came to her leadership role.
A few days before Vogt began tweeting against Pelosi, the long-service San Francisco congresswoman scheduled a press conference in Washington, leading to speculation that she would announce her intention to step down from her leadership role. Instead she used to opportunity to vow to stay in her post.
Pelosi was unanimously re-elected as Minority Leader in late November.