Radical leftist San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin faces a recall election on June 7, and Asian American voters appear to be leading the way in ending his term in office earlier than expected. The recall effort has been largely driven by accusations that the D.A. has emboldened criminals in the city through lax prosecutions and sentencing recommendations.
A San Francisco Standard Poll released on Wednesday shows that fully 67% t of Asian American and Pacific Islander voters support Boudin’s recall. That compares with 52% of Hispanic voters, 51% of white voters, and 34% of Black voters who are in favor of his removal.
Overall, 57% of surveyed voters favor recall, 22% oppose, and 21% remain undecided.
Leanna Louie is an Asian-American San Franciscan who has actively protested against Boudin. She told reporters that the local Asian community “has had enough.” She added that although the district attorney’s top priority should be public safety, Boudin has been focused on politics and his image more than protecting city residents.
Support for Boudin’s recall has held steady in recent months. A March poll conducted by EMC Research found that 68% of likely city voters favored recall. Even 64% of Democrats responding to that poll favored Boudin’s recall.
Throughout his time in office, Boudin has promoted “restorative justice” and “decarceration.” Critics of his approach have claimed that criminals have been given incentives to victimize the city.
Boudin described the recall as “dishonest” last month in an interview. He claimed that he has the full backing of the city’s Asian-American community.
If a majority of voters support Boudin’s recall next month, San Francisco Mayor London Breed will appoint a temporary replacement district attorney. That person would serve until voters would elect a new district attorney in November as a permanent replacement.
Next month will mark the second recall election to take place in the city in 2022. In February, a majority of voters recalled three members of the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education. Before that election, the last recall election in the city was in 1983 as then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein survived a recall effort.