Priolo, Paul: Moscone's character


Paul Priolo: George Moscone was a piece of work. Friendly, gregarious, damn smart. Funny thing is though that one time George came up to me and says “Priolo, why don’t you ever vote for my bills?” My quick answer was “Well, you don’t have anything worth voting for.” And we got away with that kind of talk. And both being Italian-American from San Francisco we had things in common. He worked at Galileo. San Francisco you identified people by which high school they went to or which neighborhood they lived in so I was pretty well-accepted by the San Franciscans. So George and I, we weren’t close because after all he was in the Senate and I was in the Assembly, and that is a wide distance between the two houses. But I traveled with him. He was very collegial, very friendly, very friendly. And he’d just charm your socks off and he did a good job of persuading people, if you will. I guess I didn’t vote for any of his bills because after all I was a republican from Southern California and he was the epitome of a liberal from San Francisco so our interests other than personal, but as far as politically were pretty far apart.


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

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