Supporters of the campaign to remove far-left San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin celebrated their victory on Wednesday as the ousted official defended his soft-crime policies and blamed his overwhelming defeat on “right-wing billionaires.”
Proponents of the recall toasted their victory with leaders from the state’s hotel and retail associations, hailing Boudin’s defeat on Tuesday as a victory for San Francisco tourists, shoppers and workers who are struggling because of rising crime and deteriorating conditions in a of America’s most liberal cities had sounded the alarm.
“There’s so much car and home burglary and stolen bikes,” resident Kevin Wakelin told the San Francisco Examiner. “Nobody can afford a brand new bike every two weeks, but that really happens to some of us and it’s awful. He [Boudin] must take responsibility for it.”
Mary Jung, a chair of the recall campaign, said voters had sent a “clear message” that they want a new prosecutor who “holds serious, violent and repeat offenders to account while never forgetting the rights of victims and their families.” .
The group also dismissed Boudin’s claims that the recall — known as Proposition H on the ballot — was funded by Republican bigwigs.
“This election does not mean that San Francisco has drifted to the right in terms of our approach to criminal justice,” Jung said in a statement. “Indeed, San Francisco has been a national beacon for progressive criminal justice reform for decades and will continue to do so with new leadership.”
“This is not a message to the rest of the country, but to take care of our community,” recall organizer Andrea Shorter told the Examiner. “It’s really about making sure you have a balance between the idea of progressive reform and security. They are one and the same and we have lost our way.”
Boudin, 41, spoke shortly after results showed about 60% of voters support the recall.
“The right-wing billionaires outbid us 3 to 1,” Boudin told his supporters, attributing the results to outside efforts to discredit the progressive movement and local residents voting at the ballot box to express their frustration at the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic expressed responsible.
“We have two cities. We have two legal systems, right? We have one for the rich and well-connected and another for everyone else, and that’s what we want to change,” he said.
Boudin, a former public defender elected in 2019 on a platform to reform the criminal justice system that his supporters called racist and unfair, said he understood that “people have a right to be frustrated,” but vowed that his ideals would survive.
“We are not afraid. Justice is on our side. Our cause is just. And we have already won. We can never block our way out of poverty,” Boudin said.
The son of convicted Weather Underground terrorists, Boudin championed a platform that included promises to keep petty offenders out of prison and prevent juveniles from serving lengthy sentences.
But Boudin’s looser approach backfired amid a rise in crime — including a spate of high-end store robberies, a rise in attacks on Asian Americans, rampant shoplifting and open-air drug dealing.
Raj Marwari, 40, said he voted to recall Boudin because “things have gotten worse in every way”.
“Sure is not a word I would use to describe San Francisco,” Marwari told the Los Angeles Times. He added that Boudin’s ouster won’t fix everything that’s wrong in town, but “if the player is down, you have to pull him.”
Mayor London Breed will name a replacement for Boudin before a special election in November. Boudin would be eligible to campaign for his old post in this race.
With mail wires
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