Pelosi, Nancy: Moscone's leadership


Nancy Pelosi: I watched George Moscone with great pride as an Italian-American to see how he succeeded in conveying his passion and his knowledge on issues, and being effective in getting the job done. He was very charismatic, and I don’t know how many young people know today what a force he was. He was part of the coalition, Burton-Brown-Moscone coalition. He was sort of the golden boy; he had it all. He was articulate. He was comfortable about the positions he was taking. He took political risks because for many of us who were supporting these causes, we weren’t putting our names on the ballot or anything like that. We just did what we believed in, but he had to succeed with it. And whether it was in San Francisco or Sacramento, or what he tried to do state-wide, and then came back and became mayor of the city, he was a courageous leader who thought in an entrepreneurial fresh way about how to go forward, and it was really a tragedy for our city when his career was cut short. It was a personal loss for many of us who knew him enough and his family so much. But speaking of him as a public figure, he made a valuable contribution. Who knows where he might have gone from there.


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

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