San Francisco residents fire soft-on-crime prosecutor Chesa Boudin in remarkable recall election

San Francisco voters fired their nutty, radical district attorney, Chesa Boudin, in a remarkable recall Tuesday night that spelled trouble for Democrats still struggling to shake off the stigma of “defund the police” politics before midterm elections.

About 60% of voters chose to recall Boudin after his soft-on-crime policies made the city more dangerous, the New York Post reported.

Nutty DA recalled in San Francisco

During his two-year tenure, Boudin gained a reputation as one of the most extreme prosecutors in the nation pursuing a left-wing, George Soros-funded agenda to end “mass incarceration.”

His first actions in office included ending cash bail and firing prosecutors. He let hundreds of prisoners out of jail, outright refused to prosecute certain types of crimes, like public urination and prostitution, and was the first DA in the city’s history to charge a cop with homicide.

Boudin’s policies proved too extreme even for a city known as the most liberal in the country, as rampant crime, open-air drug use, and homelessness left residents living in fear. In 2021, Boudin convicted just three people for drug dealing despite more residents dying of fentanyl last year than COVID-19.

The recall campaign gained steam after a repeat offender in a stolen car rammed into two pedestrians, killing them.

Boudin’s “restorative justice” approach was especially harmful to the city’s Asian community, which was targeted in a series of random, unprovoked assaults that Boudin handled with kid gloves.

Backlash brewing?

Boudin appeared to be in denial of the results Tuesday evening, which he blamed on a shadowy conspiracy by “right-wing billionaires.” But the leader of the recall movement, former San Francisco Democratic party chair Mary Jung, said the results speak to ordinary people feeling abandoned.

“This election does not mean that San Francisco has drifted to the far right on our approach to criminal justice,” Jung said. “In fact, San Francisco has been a national beacon for progressive criminal justice reform for decades and will continue to do so with new leadership.”

Boudin, who worked as a translator for socialist dictator Hugo Chavez, was made an easy target by his family history: his parents were Weather Underground terrorists convicted for murder for their roles in an armed robbery in which two cops and a security guard were killed.

Boudin’s recall is being seen as the epicenter of a potential backlash against far-left prosecutors around the country, as well as Democrats desperate to clean up a soft-on-crime image ahead of midterm elections that the party is expected to lose.

Democrats are dropping Boudin like a hot potato, with President Joe Biden saying San Francisco sent a “clear message” that something has to be done about crime.

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