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In what was a pretty tight race, public defender Chesa Boudin appears to have won the race for San Francisco district attorney.
— Ella Sogomonian (@EllaSogomonian) November 10, 2019
Now if something about that name sounds familiar to people with long memories, it might.
— Chris Anderson (@chr1sa) November 10, 2019
Yup, he’s the son of Weather Underground terrorists who were locked up for murder after two cops and a security guard were killed when they tried to hold up a Brinks armored car in 1981.
Chesa, who was then 14 months old, had been left with fellow Weather Underground leaders, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, who adopted him and raised him while his parents were in prison.
The Weather Underground was responsible for bombings of the Pentagon, the U.S. Captiol as well as some police stations. Dohrn crafted a “Declaration of War” against the United States and was on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List.
Ayers later became a professor and Dohrn became a law professor.
Chesa Boudin’s radical pedigree even goes further back than that. His grandfather, Leonard Boudin, represented Fidel Castro’s government and folks like Philip Berrigan and accused Soviet spy Judith Coplon, and his great-great uncle, Louis Boudin, was a Marxist theoretician.
But it isn’t just Chesa Boudin’s relatives.
Before he became a public defender in San Francisco, Chesa Boudin worked as a translator for Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.
And in a city overrun by poop, homelessness and crime, what is Boudin’s platform?
According to the San Francisco Chronicle:
“We will not prosecute cases involving quality-of-life crimes. Crimes such as public camping, offering or soliciting sex, public urination, blocking a sidewalk, etc., should not and will not be prosecuted. Many of these crimes are still being prosecuted, we have a long way to go to decriminalize poverty and homelessness.”
And he wants to “end mass incarceration” and only use jail as a “last resort.”
In other words, if it wasn’t bad enough already, it’s about to get worse.
Chesa Boudin's statement: "The people of San Francisco have sent a powerful and clear message: It's time for radical change to how we envision justice. I'm humbled to be a part of this movement that is unwavering in it's demand for transformation.” https://t.co/Cx4TsPFje2
— Evan Sernoffsky (@EvanSernoffsky) November 10, 2019
The reaction to his win told the story.
Now is the moment to fundamentally transform our racist and broken criminal justice system by ending mass incarceration, the failed war on drugs and the criminalization of poverty. Congratulations @chesaboudin on your historic victory! https://t.co/2CiM1sFo5c
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 10, 2019
Complete with socialist fist sign. How nice.
From the Soros-backed relatively new Philly DA:
Americans are more humane and compassionate than institutions created and controlled by the powerful few.
— DA Larry Krasner (@DA_LarryKrasner) November 10, 2019
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) November 10, 2019
HUGE NEWS!!!@ChesaBoudin was just elected the new District Attorney of San Francisco!!!
With very few votes remaining to be counted, Chesa pulled ahead by 8,465 1st place votes and by 2,568 RCV votes.
WE DID IT!!!! A grassroots victory for a truly kind soul.
YES! YES! YES! pic.twitter.com/IAaM0QmuRf
— Shaun King (@shaunking) November 10, 2019
“I just got one thing to say,” Sup. Sandra Fewer screamed at Chesa Boudin’s party. “F*** the POA!!!” The crowd then chants, “F*** the POA.” pic.twitter.com/JXztlyLtYy
— Julian Mark (@badjujusf) November 6, 2019
The POA is the San Francisco Police Officers Association.
Warning for language. Here’s more folks including elected officials chanting against the police at his party
— Mary Franklin Harvin (@EmEffHarvin) November 6, 2019
Meanwhile, as we noted, this effort to put in “fundamental transformation” “progressive” DAs is going on across the country and Republicans better start paying attention.