In what appears to be a major repudiation of the far-left in America, voters in San Francisco sent a clear message to districts attorney, mayors, and other officials who insist on destroying their cities.
By enacting “sentencing reform” and other progressive judicial policy that allows criminals to roam free, far-left city officials have wreaked havoc nationwide as a major crime wave sets in.
However, it seems the tides are turning. Voters in San Francisco secured the recall of open communist and son of domestic terrorists, district attorney Chesa Boudin. He was officially voted out of office on Tuesday.
San Francisco devolved into a safe haven for criminal activity thanks to Boudin’s progressive criminal justice reform measures. Since his election in 2019, the once-great city of San Fran is now widely known as a homeless pit of despair where crime is rampant and hard drug use is celebrated.
Republicans in California were eager to pounce on Boudin’s recall, but it certainly was not a conservative-led initiative. Local Democrats voiced similar concerns as Republicans over Boudin’s unwillingness to enforce basic laws. While San Fran is known aptly as a home for uber-liberal Democrats, many believe Boudin’s reforms pushed the envelope way too far.
San Franciscans were eager to recall Chesa Boudin.
Organizers submitted more than 83,000 signatures to the Board of Elections, roughly 32,000 more than what’s required. Boudin’s own district attorney office turned on him, with two prosecutors leaving the and joining the effort to recall him that same month.
Boudin supporters argue that his far-left criminal justice reform falls in line with voters who voiced support for reduced sentencing and elimination of cash bail. However, Republicans and moderate Democrats consistently warned of the harrowing results these policies would produce, and yet Boudin proceeded without caution.
A recall effort against Boudin by no means came as a major surprise given his marginal victory against candidate Suzy Loftus, a more moderate Democrat, who joined recall efforts. In the 2019 general election, Boudin defeated Loftus by less than 3,000 votes.
Boudin began causing a media firestorm in 2019 when he almost immediately eliminated cash bail. He also ruffled the feathers of border agents when the far-left district attorney refused to cooperate with ICE officials. However, Boudin’s real pitfall occurred in March 2021, when he dismissed the killing of an 84-year-old immigrant from Thailand. Vicha Ratanapakdee was murdered in broad daylight by 19-year-old black man Antwon Watson.
Watson pleaded not guilty.
At the time, Boudin disagreed with Ratanapakdee’s family and did consider the murder racially motivated, claiming the murderer was having “some sort of temper tantrum”
The vote to oust Boudin hardly comes as a surprise, as public polling data suggested the district attorney was in danger of losing his post after the city’s elections board certified the recall petition against him. Nearly 56% of likely voters said they would vote to recall Boudin, according to a public survey conducted from May 26-29 by the San Francisco Examiner.
Despite overwhelming support for Boudin’s recall, some polling data suggest the optics of Boudin’s ouster won’t affect other progressive criminal justice reform causes sought by members of his party, given that nearly 63% of San Francisco voters are Democrats, compared to just under 7% who are Republicans.
Crime continues to skyrocket in the Bay Area city. More than a handful of videos depicting smash-and-grab robberies, street violence, and general unrest have gone viral online.
Author: Nolan Sheridan