The Democratic County Central Committee isn't the most high-profile elected agency in San Francisco, but it's really important. The committee sets policy for the local Democratic Party — and that includes endorsements. The people who control the committee control a slate card that goes out to every registered Democrat in the city, and that's a vast majority of the voters. DCCC endorsements, carrying the imprimatur of the party, have a significant impact on local elections, particularly in district supervisor races.
For years, the DCCC was controlled largely by the old Brown-Burton machine, but two years ago, the progressives took back control, and that made a huge difference in electing good supervisors. The DCCC endorsement will also matter in the next mayor's race.
The folks downtown realize this. David Latterman, a political consultant who often works with more moderate candidates and interest groups, sent a memo out March 17 titled "Headed toward the cliff in 2010 elections." The memo, which we've obtained, argues that downtown and the moderates need to get organized, now: "If we can have one person run a coordinated effort with $150K ... we can really pick up DCCC seats. Only a few will make a difference in the fall endorsements. The mayor's race starts now."
So it's crucial that the progressives turn out to vote June 8, and vote for strong candidates for the DCCC who will support district elections, public power, tenant rights — and progressive candidates for supervisor.
We'll be publishing endorsements for all of the June primary races and ballot measures in a few weeks, but we've decided to do early endorsements for the DCCC. Twelve people are elected from each assembly district. Here are our choices:
Sandra Lee Fewer