Last week, Attorney General and former SF DA herself Kamala Harris voiced her support for George Gascón in his bid for District Attorney. Now, former mayor and current Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom is following suit, at the conclusion of a week filled with controversy for the former SFPD chief turned DA.
This past Thursday night, Newsom gave his official endorsement of Gascón. Newsom appointed Gascón to DA earlier this year and had previously hired Gascón as SFPD Chief in 2009, so it wasn’t hard to see why he’d continue to endorse him.
“George is a recognized national expert in law enforcement and has considerable experience running large organizations, but it’s his independence and unwavering commitment to fairness and justice that make him a great district attorney” he said in a statement.
Gascón’s had his fair share of controversy this week — the Coalition for a Safe San Francisco is demanding a meeting with Gascón and other officials after an attorney under Gascón, says the Chron, “dressed up a Middle Eastern outfit and used a fake accent during a training on search procedures.”
In addition, the political consultancy running the Gascón campaign is under investigation after logging “lobbying” visits with Gascón and City Attorney/Mayoral candidate Dennis Herrera. The lobbying of current or former clients by political consultancies is prohibited by city law.