Skip to comments.GOP likely to knock 3 candidates' S.F. ties
Posted on 06/15/2010 7:43:09 AM PDT by SmithL
San Francisco bashing is about to intensify. Three Democratic politicians with strong ties to San Francisco - Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom and Kamala Harris - are engaged in tough statewide election battles and political experts say the GOP will probably seize on the city's reputation as a bastion of left-wing politics to attack them.
Gubernatorial candidate Brown was born in San Francisco, served as Oakland's mayor and lives in the East Bay city while serving as the state attorney general; Newsom, vying for lieutenant governor, was born in San Francisco and is the city's mayor; and Attorney General candidate Harris was born in Oakland and is the San Francisco district attorney.
Democratic voters embraced the three in Tuesday's primary and the candidates' fates will be determined in November's general election.
Bashing San Francisco has long been a rallying cry for the GOP, which has derided the city as a stronghold of far-left politics and values. The term "San Francisco values" was flung around like an epithet in 2006 as Democrats were poised to retake the House and elect Nancy Pelosi as speaker. President Obama also ran into trouble during a 2008 campaign stop when he said that small-town voters "cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them." The kicker? The comments were made while he was speaking at a San Francisco fundraiser.
Political observers said that the "liberal San Francisco" label is more often used by pundits outside the Golden State, but has the potential to impact Harris and Newsom. Brown, said University of San Francisco politics professor Corey Cook, "is sort of beyond that."
"It probably will be an issue. I know Republicans will use it, but I don't know how much mileage it will get,"
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There is no GOP in California.
Unfortunately much of the rest of California has followed San Francisco’s radical lead and the rest of the country for that matter. BHO, who is even to the left of SF’s Nancy Pelousy, would have still won the presidency without CA in his column.
stupid strategy. Demonizing certain sections of states or even whole states and regions will make even less people vote for you. Do these guys want to get even less votes from the Bay area?
What about Boxer? She is from SF.
They can’t get much less from SF. It is almost 9-to-1 Democrat.
She represented part of SF and Marin County in the House prior to the Senate (she’s actually from Brooklyn, NY).
San Francisco “values”? How about San Francisco “aroma”?
The lawn in front of the San Francisco City Hall reeks of urine. Is that what we want, for the rest of the nation?
Many dems from FL and CA have New York roots.