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Prominent Endorsements Fail to Sway SF Voters on DA Chesa Boudin Recall in June

‘All of those traditional ways to garner support are just not cutting it this time around’

By Evan Symon, April 28, 2022 2:35 am

In most races, endorsements can really bring in large swathes of votes. Endorsements by unions, religious, and other interest groups tend to be large enough to shift the balance in even larger races, while individual endorsements, such as those by politicians, news outlets, or celebrities, can help influence people too. At the very least, endorsements can be one of multiple factors for people deciding how to vote and can tell people a bit about a candidates politics on the surface.

A lot of endorsements usually means a good deal of support, and that’s what makes the upcoming Recall election of San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin so unusual. Boudin has endorsements out the wazoo. At least seven current Supervisors in the city are endorsing him, not to mention many former Supervisors.

Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco)? Endorses a no on the recall.

The San Francisco Democratic Party? Endorses.

The San Francisco Chronicle? For Boudin.

Celebrities like actor Danny Glover and singer John Legend? For Boudin.

And that’s just me cherry-picking. There are so many more lawmakers, former lawmakers, groups, celebrities, and others behind him too.

Many, like Mayor London Breed, remain undecided, leaving some but not too many left to be in favor of the recall.

But here’s the thing – the endorsements are barely doing anything. The last major poll to come out, the March EMC Research Poll, had 68% of San Franciscans in favor of Boudin being recalled, with no major indications that the results have changed significantly since. Even with, say, a generous 10% shift in a month which, again, has not seen any indication that is the case, recall supporters still have a commanding lead.

Reasons noted for the recall last year, include a skyrocketing crime ratelarge store chains fleeing the city, public outcry over policies that let most criminals avoid jail time, and collapsing support from both the police and members of his department alike, are still extremely relevant in San Francisco today. A successful recall of three San Francisco School Board members happened earlier this year with each member being ousted with at least 70% of their respective voters favoring a recall.

A different recall election

With Boudin’s policies still not improving the city, recent events such as the Sacramento Shooting potentially hurting him even more, and a populace simply sick of crime and declination, the high number of endorsements are simply not helping this time around. The San Francisco Chronicle said in their endorsement that a recall should only be used as a last ditch tool for emergencies and not buyers remorse. For many in the city, the huge increase of crime and failing policies have been an emergency.

“Unlike previous races, San Franciscans are now voting more on what they’ve been personally seeing rather than what city officials have been saying or who has been backing the candidates this time around,” explained Frank Ma, a former law enforcement official who now works as a security advisor for businesses in San Francisco and cities in the Peninsula, to the Globe on Wednesday. “You can have all the stats saying that the crime rate isn’t as bad as you think or that Boudin’s policies need time. Well tell that to the residents who see junkies shooting up in doorways out in the open or who are awaken at 3 A.M. by a car alarm going off because it was smashed open. Tell them that the streets are safe when a bunch of stores get overrun with thieves. An endorsement from Danny Glover isn’t going to make things a whole lot better now, are they?”

“People like Breed, at least they’re doing something, even if it is more for show, like the whole Tenderloin crackdown thing. She and the Supervisors are another discussion for another time. Boudin though, going back to your point of endorsements, no one cares about them now. Not when it is this bad. Customers tell me they want him gone because they see crimes happen in front of them and either nothing happening or the person who did the crime be back out within days. People are fighting for justice. We don’t know what Boudin is fighting for, but it’s not that.”

“I was recently on a boat to Alcatraz, taking my grandkids out during spring break. On the way over the tour guide talked about how it used to be a prison and someone said ‘Why can’t we reopen it for all the bad guys in San Francisco now?’ Out-of-towners all laughed.”

“The residents on the boat didn’t.”

Boudin has a tough month and a half until the June primary, and so far, all of those traditional ways to garner support are just not cutting it.

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16 thoughts on “Prominent Endorsements Fail to Sway SF Voters on DA Chesa Boudin Recall in June

  1. It would help if the police actually did their job. They are also missing in action. Everything cannot be the fault of one man.

    1. True, but they are also standing down because of the total lack of support. Your right, it is not just the DA, although he is probably the single worst cause. It is the fault of the residents of San Francisco for voting in the current policies and politicians. They have been tilting back towards sanity, hopefully the defeat of the DA will be next and other changes can be made in Nov.

    2. Police are not magicians who can single-handedly make sure SF city streets are safe. If SFPD’s morale is low to non-existent, it certainly CAN be the fault of one man. D.A. Chesa Boudin in this case. Would YOU bother to arrest anyone if the D.A. refuses to charge anyone with a crime and acts like a public defender, making sure everyone is let out the next day to commit more crimes? Actually I’m sure the SF police still do arrest even under these ridiculous circumstances, just as they do in my town where there are also no consequences under Boudin-clone D.A. George Gascon. Now under Chesa Boudin anyone who commits a crime has TWO public defenders. TWO people who are moving heaven and earth to make sure that the criminal is released ASAP to continue doing what he has been doing. Heck with public safety, right? On what planet does this seem reasonable or make any sense AT ALL?

  2. I’m shocked that anyone would endorse this clown. Crime is through the roof (at least in the non-gated parts of the city where people like Danny Glover and John Legend wouldn’t ever live in) and Boudin reduces or drops most charges so criminals are continually back on the street to terrorize us citizens. No wonder people are leaving the city in droves and nobody wants to commute into the city to work anymore. The June recall can’t come soon enough!!

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