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Voters in heavily Democratic San Francisco have rejected their George Soros-funded district attorney, Chesa Boudin, recalling him on Tuesday amid a spike in crime many have said is due to his refusal to prosecute.
Recall voters won overwhelmingly with 61 percent, compared to 39 percent who voted to keep Boudin, reports noted.
Now, Mayor London Breed, another Democrat, will have to appoint a district attorney to backfill Boudin until the next election.
“This is a movement, not a moment in history,” Boudin said following his defeat. “The coalition that we built is broad, it is diverse, it is strong. And it is a coalition that is deeply committed to justice.”
The good news for Chesa Boudin is that he will still be prosecuting the same number of criminals.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) June 8, 2022
“Boudin is not keeping San Francisco safe. He refuses to adequately prosecute criminals and fails to take the drug dealing crisis seriously. He doesn’t hold serial offenders accountable, getting them released from custody, and his response to victims is that ‘hopefully’ home burglaries will go down,” the recall petition said.
Boudin’s defeat likely sends a message to Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón, another Soros-backed DA whose soft-on-crime policies have triggered an effort to recall him as well.
“Tonight showed that voters from every community and every walk of life, regardless of political ideology, are rejecting pro-criminal policies that are masked as criminal justice reform,” said a representative of the Recall Gascon Campaign.
“George Gascón and Chesa Boudin’s failed social experiments have destroyed communities while doing nothing to meaningfully reform the system. If LA County voters sign and return their recall petitions, Gascón will be walking the same plank in the near future,” the rep added.
Zero Hedge adds:
Boudin was elected in 2019 with 50.8 percent of the vote, defeating Suzy Loftus who received 49.2 percent.
He said the “the old approaches” didn’t make the city safer but ignored the root causes of crime and “perpetuated mass incarceration,” and claimed that in his first year he fought to expand support for crime victims, hold police accountable when they commit unnecessary violence, create an independent “innocence commission,” and establish an economic crimes unit to protect workers’ rights.
Boudin also claimed that “exploiting recalls for political purposes is an abuse of the process [that] disrespects the will of the voters and costs taxpayers millions of dollars.”
The now-former San Fran DA also declared early on that he would not prosecute what he considered minor offenses and instead wanted to shift his office’s focus to serious offenses and corporations. In addition, he has floated the notion of hiring public defenders as prosecutors.
Boudin had also refused to cooperate with federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and even threatened to prosecute ICE officers he accused of breaking “sanctuary city laws.”
Chesa hasn’t even lost yet and already the far-left is blaming everyone but themselves. Maybe your ideas just aren’t popular? Maybe your gaslighting has consequences? Maybe people like feeling safe? Maybe an elected official needs to empathize? Lots of good options!
— Steven Buss 🥑 🌐 (@sbuss) June 7, 2022
“Tuesday’s recall election, Proposition H on the ballot, could prove a bellwether of voter sentiment across the US, including in New York City, where Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has faced widespread criticism since enacting a slew of progressive policies after taking office in January,” the New York Post added.
“Around the country, we have seen the rise of the so-called progressive DAs,” Richie Greenberg, a former Republican mayoral candidate and spokesman for the recall effort, told The Post ahead of Tuesday’s vote.
“We here in San Francisco have lived it and we don’t want to see the great city of New York fall in the way that San Francisco has,” he added.
In February, three San Francisco school board members were recalled over outrage following their decision to spend a great deal of time renaming one-third of the city’s schools rather than reopening classrooms that were shuttered due to the COVID pandemic.
In December, Breed announced a crackdown in which she said police would be “less tolerant of all the bulls–t that has destroyed our city.”