Miller, George: State Senator Moscone


George Miller: George Moscone was the master of the [public] arms. Now, my frame of him is in the Californian State Legislation and the Californian Senate. I grew up thinking this was the greatest deliberative body in the world, not the Senate in Washington D.C. My father had serious sense of ownership about the members, the body, and its place in history and all the rest of that. George Moscone just merged on like he was merging onto I-80 at 100 miles/hour. He never missed a trick. And I think was quickly recognized that way. I think, again, he came from a team in San Francisco of political people – office holders, policy makers – that my father was familiar with and trusted, but he was also thinking of another team, and that was the team of the Senate. One’s a great recommendation for the other, but the other you had to kind of earn. And because they were very possessive at that time in the Senate. It was really a club in California. Reapportionment changed some of this, but the senators in the California State Senate at that time thought they were special. They wanted to keep the membership that way. They felt they were on the cutting edge of political leadership in a fast growing dynamic state that was starting to break into a full run.


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The Moscone oral history interviews are part of the George Moscone Collection, MSS 328.

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