Nothenberg, Rudy: Moscone's instincts


Rudy Nothenberg: George was a very quick study. He understood things – I think at least– more by instinct than by doing a lot of deep research and a lot of reading. His instincts were I think always infallibly good and they tended to be on the side of the little people however one wants to characterize that, liberal. His responses were instinctive, they were to some extent I think emotionally as all of us liberals tend to be, but they were also I think based upon a very good knowledge of what was achievable, what would work, what you could get through the legislature, what made sense, what didn’t make sense. He was not an ideologue above all else because he was also practical. He was a practical man. You don’t succeed in the State Senate – or anywhere else in that matter in politics – unless you’re a practical person. And George was practical. He knew when to act, how to act. He knew what was possible, but used that knowledge in [furthering] what he believed in.


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

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