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Boudin allies speak out at a rally against ‘recall madness’

Elected officials, labor, and community leaders say that the DA has kept his campaign promises.

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A crowd of elected officials, labor leaders, and community activists gathered outside City Hall today to denounce the attempt to recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin.

The attempt a recalling the progressive DA – which is far from collecting the signatures it needs – is part of a pattern of recall elections in the state, most of them organized by Republican and conservative groups. Former State Sen Mark Leno called it “recall madness.”

Leno talks about “recall madness.”

The recall, he said, was designed by the legendary Gov. Hiram Johnson at the turn of the 19th Century to fight corruption and malfeasance. Boudin, he said, “is keeping his campaign promises.” He said “some disgruntled supporters of candidates who lost the election” are now trying to overturn the results.

Boudin’s critics are attacking him in the news media, relentlessly. Some of those attacks have focused on his response to domestic violence and sexual assault.

Sup. Hillary Ronen said a lot of the bad press is “lies” and noted: “I created a department to address sexual violence and harassment. Victims have been the highest priority of this DA. Unfortunately, in San Francisco politically motivated opposition has been using the typical tactics of fear and misinformation.”

Ronen says that a lot of the anti-Boudin press has been lies and misinformation.

Former Sup. Sandra Lee Fewer said that “as a 64-year-old, fourth-generation Chinese American, I have never seen a district attorney show this much of a connection with the AAPI community. Communications with other DAs on AAPI hate crimes have gone nowhere.”

Fewer says Boudin has been a close ally of the AAPI community.

In one of the more dramatic moments of the event, April Green, whose nephew was killed by an SF police officer who is now charged with manslaughter, said, “I stand here representing all the young men who have been killed by police and never received justice.”

The recall effort is far from qualifying for the ballot.

Tim Redmond
Tim Redmond has been a political and investigative reporter in San Francisco for more than 30 years. He spent much of that time as executive editor of the Bay Guardian. He is the founder of 48hills.

5 COMMENTS

  1. Oh no, we’re not Georgia. Horrors! We’re not Texas or Florida or Arizona. We’re California. We want everyone to vote, oh ya. Except of course the Republicants. So what are these folks gonna’ do to nullify and disenfranchise the voters here? They mount a campaign of grievances built on scurrilous claims funded by 4 or 5 plutocratic Libertarians. So great are the offenses, so great are the grievances, that only a “Special” election will restore the rights of the citizenry. Their victimhood demands it. Now. And so, they go for the power grab. It’s so simple, $ + propaganda = power. Ask Gascon in LA, Boudin in SF, and, of course, Newsom. Ask where are the Democants.

  2. Boudin is a change agent. He is not beholden to the police union which is rife with members who try to push their agenda on the City. Boudin at last will make certain that cops are held accountable for what they do on the streets. It’s a breath of fresh air. We need courage in a DA – not someone afraid to shake up the entrenched interests, and we need a DA that thinks outside the box in terms of racial and social justice.

  3. The only way that Boudin survives is if pandemic neurosis is replaced with excitement over moving past the pandemic that has pandemic bad memories recede into irrelevance. In that sense, Newsom’s recall fears are driving state policy changes that would benefit Boudin’s chances of survival.

  4. We all knew the wacky left would circle the wagons—just like they did with Mirkarimi, but boy that’s a pretty small crowd. I would be pretty worried about Boudin’s chances of surviving this—especially with all the bodies piling up around here too.

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