Ohleyer, Mike: Moscone running for mayor


Mike Ohleyer: I do remember the day I knew he (George Moscone) was gonna run for mayor. He was running for governor at the time. The campaign was not going anywhere and Ed Stern and I asked him to come over to my law office and confront him with what we thought. What his friends thought. We were sticking with him. “We were allies as friends, but it’s going nowhere and you oughta get out, George.” Is what we said to him. Don Solem was there as well. He came with George. He was working for George at that time in the State Senate. Don thought we were being a little hasty in coming to the conclusion. That we ought to give it a little more time, but George then looked up and said “If I don’t go for governor, I’m going to run for mayor, Mike. Well, I knew right then that he wasn’t going to run for governor anymore, and that he was going to run for mayor. I asked him why and he said “Because mayor’s a position where I can actually help people. I can see it happen.” In the senate, you get legislation passed, you don’t see the results. He says “As mayor, I can see the results of what I do. I can help people. Jobs, playgrounds, that sort of thing.” So I said to myself at that time “He’s goin’.”


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

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