Last week, not only did Supervisor Dufty’s mayoral campaign coffers hit the $50K mark, but he also went public with a new romance with realtor Pat Patricelli (Thanks so much to Brock Keeling, who knows all the Hot Gay Gossip and tipped us off to the latter.)

Realtor, you say (as your eyebrows start to raise)? Yeah. As the Bay Area Reporter notes,

Dufty has been accused of being in the pocket of landlords for voting against legislation that would boost protections for renters in non-rent-controlled apartments. The Bay Guardian said Dufty “lost the tenant vote” in the mayor’s race due to his stance. His dating a real estate agent is sure to set tongues wagging even more among tenants’ rights advocates.

After his aforementioned vote against the proposed renter protections, Dufty told the Appeal that:

Condominium owners’ concerns were what moved him: condo-owners renting out their new (or new-er) units would have a harder time getting their tenants out in order to themselves move in under the new law. “They might end up having to go to the Superior Court (for an OMI eviction),” Dufty said. “My e-mail inbox was flooded (with complaints).”

We’re happy to fulfill BAR’s tongue-wagging prediction (hey, they started it!) by noting that of the five SF property listings on his new beau’s site, three of them are listings for condos. Understandably, given that it’s a holiday, Dufty has yet to respond to our call for comment (though, what’s he gonna say, “yeah, I voted the way I did because I didn’t want to piss off my new boyfriend?” Hardly.), but we’ll update if and when we do hear from him.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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