Former San Francisco prosecutor Chesa Boudin, who was recalled by fed-up city residents in June, announced Thursday that he will not seek reelection to the same post.
After Boudin’s disastrous tenure ended, Mayor London Breed appointed Brooke Jenkins to the position. Jenkins had worked under Boudin but resigned to lead the campaign to oust her former boss.
Boudin said as recently as last month that he was seriously considering another run at the office. He touted “accomplishments” achieved while in office and criticized efforts by Jenkins to clean up his mess. Many of his former prosecutors were shown the door quickly by the new DA.
She just announced this week that a new policy in the DA’s office will revoke open drug plea cases. The prosecutor also pledged to go after drug dealers, who were basically given a get-out-of-jail-free card from the previous administration.
Boudin emphasized that he is still committed to criminal justice reform, but he is also committed to his family. He said there has been a strain of nearly three years of non-stop campaigning and trying to reform the criminal justice system in San Francisco.
He claimed to be working to make communities “safer and stronger,” but lax policies towards criminals alienated both law enforcement and the people he was sworn to serve. Convictions for drug dealing became almost non-existent, and open-air markets for narcotics prevailed.
The commitment to family that Boudin cited in rejecting another shot at the district attorney’s office included his father, David Gilbert.
The 77-year-old former Weather Underground terrorist was paroled last year after 40 years served for a 1981 botched armed robbery in New York that killed two police officers and an armored truck guard.
I am choosing to put my family first: I will not be running for office in 2022.
— Chesa Boudin 博徹思 (@chesaboudin) August 4, 2022
His mother, Kathy Boudin, passed away in May. She served 23 years behind bars for the same crime that sent his father away.
Boudin may have seen the writing on the wall with the reception his successor has received. Even in a liberal bastion like San Francisco, people want safety and security for themselves and their family. All the flower power in the world will not change that.