In an interview with Fox News Digital, Joy Zhan, co-president of the San Francisco Young Democrats, expressed her organization’s support for embattled District Attorney Chesa Boudin as he faces a tough recall election on Tuesday centered on his handling of rising crime across the city.
“The San Francisco Young Democrats were very happy to endorse ‘No’ on Proposition H and support District Attorney Boudin,” Zhan said, before going on to celebrate Boudin’s work as a “criminal justice reform advocate.” She praised the work she said Boudin had done in breaking the “school to prison pipeline system” affecting minority and low-income youths, and argued that his willingness to fight for young people facing “discrimination” in the criminal justice system was needed.
“We are very fortunate to have District Attorney Boudin actually stop trying youths as adults,” she said. “We need someone who is willing to go fight for young people, for our Black and Brown youth, for our low-income youth, so we can do something about this problem.”
Boudin has faced an onslaught of criticism over his office’s mishandling of crime in San Francisco as critics have pointed to the increased murder rate, violent crime, shoplifting, burglaries, and an open-air drug trade as reasons to support his removal from office.
Former San Francisco Republican mayoral candidate Richie Greenberg, who serves as the spokesman for the group Recall Chesa Boudin, pushed back on Zhan’s suggestion that Republicans were driving the efforts to recall Boudin. Speaking with Fox News Digital, Greenberg argued that the number of registered Republicans in San Francisco didn’t come close to adding up to the number of people who signed on to support the recall effort, and that any suggestions otherwise amounted to “hogwash.”
He stated that the “vast majority” of people collecting signatures for the recall, as well as signing on to support it, self-identified as Democrats and liberals, before describing the talking points blaming the recall campaign on Republicans as “a completely desperate attempt” by Boudin’s campaign to make the recall seem like a “turnoff” for the city’s traditionally Democrat voters.