By Luke Thomas
September 2, 2010
With only a few weeks to go before the November campaigns kick into high gear, word has it the San Francisco DCCC may reconsider its endorsements in the race for District 6 Supervisor.
The reason? It’s finally dawning on some of the more enlightened DCCC progressive members that without a ranked choice voting strategy, the D6 seat could be lost to downtown.
Why? Because there are so many strong progressive candidates vying to replace termed out Supervisor Chris Daly, the progressive vote is likely to be so diluted that it avails a golden opportunity for an organized counter ranked choice voting strategy by the moderate candidates in the race to steal the seat.
That reality is not lost on those who care about progressive politics, but is lost on those progressive candidates that can’t see past a me, myself and I, myopia.
Prime example? Debra Walker. When asked if she will endorse a second and third place progressive candidate, Walker told FCJ, “I’ll announce my decision on November 2.”
In its last endorsement meeting, the majority of progressive members aligned with Walker on the DCCC voted against endorsing a second and third candidate in the D6 race in large part because Walker fears a second place endorsement of School Board President Jane Kim will increase the probability that Kim will win the seat. Instead, the DCCC anointed Walker as the Democratic Party’s sole choice for the seat.
As a supporter of progressive politics, wanting the team to win and not so much concerned about who scores the goals as long the team wins, the DCCC headed by Chair Aaron Peskin should absolutely start thinking about maximizing the probability of ensuring the D6 seat is held by a progressive candidate.
To do otherwise is a risky proposition with potentially disastrous consequences.
The DCCC endorsement is the by far the most influential endorsement in San Francisco politics and has proven time and time again its power in electing those candidates it endorses. If the DCCC fails to endorse a second and third place progressive candidate, and the D6 seat is lost to the downtown money machine, the DCCC members who voted against a D6 ranked choice strategy will have no one else to blame but themselves.
That’s egg on their faces that could last for eight very long years.
Editor’s Note: Luke Thomas is a resident and voter in District 6. In the interest of transparency, he has provided photography services to the campaigns of Jane Kim, Jim Meko and Debra Walker.