Democrats divided - Page 2

DCCC endorses progressive supervisorial candidates and rejects Newsom ballot measures

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Rafael Mandelman and Debra Walker got the DCCC's first place endorsements in their Board of Supervisors races

That move caused some public and private grumbling from Jane Kim's supporters, who noted that Kim is way more progressive than Prozan and said she should have been given the second-place slot in D6.

A proxy for John Avalos even tried to get the DCCC to give Walker and Kim a dual first-place endorsement, but Peskin ruled that such a move was not permitted by the group's bylaws. Then DCCC members Eric Mar and Eric Quezada argued that Kim should get the club's second-choice endorsement.

But Walker's supporters argued that Kim only recently moved into the district and changed her party affiliation from the Green Party to the Democratic Party, and Kim's supporters failed to find the 17 votes they needed.

"District 6 has an amazing wealth of candidates and I look forward to supporting many of them in future races," Gabriel Haaland told his DCCC colleagues. "I will just not be supporting them tonight."

Wiener told the group he would not seek its endorsement for anything below the top slot. "I'm running for first place and I intend to win," Wiener said, shortly before Prozan secured the club's second-choice endorsement.

In District 4, the DCCC endorsed incumbent Carmen Chu, who is running virtually unopposed. The DCCC also endorsed Bert Hill's run for the BART Board of Directors, where he hopes to unseat James Fang, San Francisco's only elected Republican.

The body had already decided to delay its school board endorsements until September and ended up pushing its District 10 supervisorial endorsement back until then as well because nobody had secured majority support.

"I think it's because they want to give members of the DCCC a chance to learn more about some of the candidates," District 10 candidate Dewitt Lacy told the Guardian. "I don't think folks have spent enough time to make an informed decision."

D10 candidate Chris Jackson agreed, adding, "The progressives in this race have brought our issues to the forefront."

"I think it's appropriate," concurred D10 candidate Isaac Bowers. "D10 is a complicated district. It's wise to wait and see how it settles out."

The main thing that needs to be resolved is which candidate in the crowded field will emerge as the progressive alternative to Lynette Sweet, who has the support of downtown groups and mega-developer Lennar Corp.

After the meeting, Walker said different races require different political strategies. "I think it's hard in the progressive community, where so many of us know each other and even our supporters know the other candidates and are their supporters in other scenarios," Walker said.

"But the Democratic Party makes decisions not just based on politics," she continued. "So the endorsement is about being viable and successfully involved in Democratic issues. And even though I want to encourage everyone to run, and we have that ability with ranked choice voting and public financing, when it comes to straight-on politics, the goal is winning."

Walker said the vote on D8 reflected the reality that Mandelman was having trouble getting the necessary number of votes. "I know Rebecca and I know Rafael, and Rafael was my clear first choice," Walker said." Rafael asked me to consider voting for Rebecca—and I voted for her as my second choice."

Walker predicts she'll have union support behind her campaign, while Kim, who leads in fundraising, will have independent expenditure committees that will support her campaign.

"My consultant says it's a $250,000 race, and unfortunately the viability is based on that reality, the funds, the money," Walker observed.