Lee Heidhues 5.25.2022
Several weeks ago I blogged that the Recall of DA Chesa Boudin is a political lynching. I sent the Blog to San Francisco Mayor’s London Breed’s office and was asked to take it down. I did not. I will not. The Recall is a coup d’etat and political lynching.
This campaign has been aided by the craven and shameless endorsement by local collaborators with the Reactionary anti-Progressive forces: Supervisor Catherine Stefani, 2019 DA candidate Nancy Tung, former Chair of the Democratic County Central Committee Mary Jung and Andrea Shorter, who is being paid $16,000 monthly to lead this political coup d’etat.
When Chesa was elected I told him, “They’re going to come after you”.
I had no idea it would be so vicious. Chesa has done everything he promised during the campaign to use the District Attorney’s office to bring a new look to the pursuit of Justice in San Francisco.
I was an Usher at his inaugural in the Marines Memorial Building. It was a joyous occasion. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor endorsed his ascension to office in a video address.
His supporters told Chesa they would be holding him accountable for keeping to his campaign promises. A pledge he has kept from Day One.
San Francisco is going to reap a Whirlwind on June 7 when a slothful and credulous citizenry vote to Recall District Attorney Chesa Boudin. The anti-Recall campaign is telling San Francisco “Don’t be Conned”.
To the detriment of San Francisco the citizenry is ignoring the message and drinking the kool-aid offered up by the treacherous deep pocketed Recall campaign.
City Hall insiders have never taken to Chesa Boudin. Particularly when he defeated Mayor London Breed’s hand picked interim DA Suzy Loftus in the November 2019 election. The political knives were unsheathed virtually the moment after his inaugural on January 8, 2020.
No mind. The incendiary and anti-Democratic Recall campaign which spent $1,500,000 on mercenary signature gatherers and the subsequent millions in MAGA right wing money have done their job well.
Excerpted from 48 Hills – Tim Redmond 5.25.2022
A strange thing is happening in the local and national news media as they address the attempted recall of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin:
The media outlets claim that Boudin is suffering from bad news media—and don’t seem to recognize that they are playing a role.
The reality: This recall effort is entirely a media-created monster.
The local news media have been obsessed with three themes: Crime is a growing problem in San Francisco. Locking people up is the best solution. Because Boudin isn’t locking up enough people he’s responsible for the alleged crime wave.
A corollary: Drug deaths from Fentanyl are a crisis that is best addressed by arresting and prosecuting dealers. Boudin isn’t locking up enough small-tine street dealers, so he’s responsible for the overdose epidemic.
None of these things are true. The data makes clear than none of them are true. And yet that’s the message we keep hearing, over and over—and it’s exactly the message that the Recall Boudin campaign is trumpeting.
For the record: Boudin is doing exactly what he said he would do when he ran for office. There is no evidence that he is corrupt or incompetent (even the very conservative Chron, which has been a big part of this media myth, said he shouldn’t be recalled.)
Every prosecutor in the country has faced challenges during a global pandemic. Courtrooms have been closed; judges have limited access to the most serious cases. Crime patterns have shifted in San Francisco; while overall crime is down, property crimes that used to happen in tourist areas have moved to the neighborhoods.
The Boudin recall is entirely based on local media mythology. They should own it.
Art work at top from ‘Soul of a Nation’ Exhibit – deYoung Museum, San Francisco 11.8.2019