Supporters of the campaign to recall far-right San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin celebrated their victory Wednesday, while the ousted government official defended his soft-crime policies and blamed “right-wing billionaires” for his massive defeat. Convicted. I
Supporters of the recall celebrated his victory with leaders from the state’s hotel and retail unions and hailed Boudin’s Tuesday defeat as a victory for San Francisco’s tourists, shoppers and workers, who hailed one of America’s most liberal cities. In one, the alarm was raised about the rising crime and deteriorating conditions.
“There are a lot of car break-ins, house break-ins, and stolen bicycles,” local resident Kevin Wakelin told the San Francisco Examiner. “Nobody can buy a new bicycle every other week, but that actually happens to some of us, and it’s terrible. That’s it. [Boudin] There is a need to take responsibility for this.”
Mary Jung, chair of the recall campaign, said voters have sent a “clear message” that they want a new prosecutor who will hold “serious, violent and repeat offenders accountable, while never forgetting the rights of victims and their families.” “
The group also rejected Boudin’s claims that the recall – known as Proposition H on the ballot – was funded by Republican bigwigs. I
“This election does not mean that San Francisco has gone too far on our approach to criminal justice,” Jung said in a statement. “Indeed, San Francisco has been a national lighthouse 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 care for our community,” recall organizer Andrea Shorter told The Examiner. “It’s really making sure you have a balance around the idea of progressive improvement and security. They are one and the same, and we got derailed.”
Boudin, 41, spoke out shortly after the results, with nearly 60% of voters supporting the recall.
“Right-wing billionaires outnumber us 3 to 1,” Boudin told his supporters, blaming the results for outright attempts to discredit the progressive movement and residents expressing frustration over the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the ballot box.
“We have two cities. We have two systems of justice, don’t we? We have one for the rich and the well-connected and a different one for everyone else. And that’s exactly what we’re fighting to change, “They said.
Boudin, a former public defender who was elected in 2019 on a platform to reform the criminal justice system, deemed racist and unfair by his supporters, said he understands “people have a right to be disappointed” but vowed that his ideals will live on.
“We are not worried. Justice is on our side. Our cause is just. And we have already won. We can never find a way out of poverty,” Boudin said.
The son of convicted Vader Underground terrorists, Boudin campaigned on a platform that included promises to keep low-level criminals out of prison and prevent juveniles from serving long prison sentences.
But Boudin’s mild-mannered approach backfired amid an uptick in crime — including burglaries at high-end stores, 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.”
“Safe is not a word I would use to describe San Francisco,” Marwari told the Los Angeles Times. He added that ousting Boudin won’t fix everything in City, but “when the player is doing poorly, you have to pull them.”
Mayor London Breed will name a replacement for Boudin until a special election is held in November. Boudin will be eligible to campaign for his old position in that race.
post with wires