Nolte, Carl: Dan White


Carl Nolte: Without District Elections, Dan White wouldn’t have gotten elected. Dan White was a fireman. He went to, I think, Wilson High School. He was from the excelsior out there someplace. He was a city guy. But he said in his campaign that he wanted to stop the kind of changes that there were. He did not like to see Gays in positions of authority. He didn’t like all the integration stuff too much, although he wasn’t racist in any way, but he was certainly homophobic. Another thing about Dan White is that when he was elected to the Board of Supervisors, he was a terrible politician. He was rigid. You gotta compromise when you’re a politician. Dan White didn’t do that. He discovered suddenly that he had to quit his job as a fireman. You can’t be a fireman and city supervisor. But Dan White hadn’t been quick enough to read that. The supervisors then were paid $9,600 a year, so he got some deal with concession on Pier 39; probably something special about that. He could not deal with the way the city was going, and he was not the kind of guy who could deal with anything, really. He was rigid.


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

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