Chesa Boudin ousted in San Francisco district attorney recall
Ms. Oloumi said she believed Mr. Boudin had never fully taken on the role of prosecutor.
“He seems to value the perpetrators more than the victims,” she said.
David Lee, professor of political science at San Francisco State University, said the two recall elections in San Francisco – members of the Board of Education in February and Mr. Boudin on Tuesday – were a clarion call of a surly electorate.
“There is anger at the failure of the government, the failure of the mayor’s office, to address pressing issues,” Mr Lee said. On the brink of a generational change of the guard in San Francisco — two iconic San Franciscans, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Dianne Feinstein, are in the twilight of their careers — voters are sending a message of frustration and thirst for change,” Mr. Lee said. This was especially true of Asian American voters, he believes.
“In San Francisco, a third of the population is Asian and they feel like no one is listening to them — city hall or the Democratic establishment,” he said.
At the same time, many political analysts cautioned against over-interpreting the result as it reflected the dynamics of a recall election: when Mr. Boudin was elected in 2019, he won just 36% votes in the first ballot. In the third round, under the city’s ranked choice system, he finally edged out a few thousand votes over his main rival for the job, Suzy Loftus.
“In a recall election, you run against yourself,” said Willie Brown, the former mayor of San Francisco. Mr Brown said he voted to keep Mr Boudin in office as a protest against the removal process. But he also criticized Mr. Boudin, whom he described as “a warrior of the oppressed”.
“It is what it is,” Mr. Brown said. “He’s definitely not a prosecutor.”
Holly Secon contributed report.