Welch, Calvin: Moscone's empathy


Calvin Welch: I believe in part it was a certain empathy on the part of George Moscone. Long before Bill Clinton he was a politician who felt your pain, and I think legitimately so. I know that he was bitterly hurt by John Barbagelata in the race. And I remember booing Moscone in the runoff election night that he won. Now, Barbagelata attacked Moscone’s daughter. When John Barbagelata had a daughter who had very similar issues, and George didn’t go there. I don’t believe could go there. I don’t think that’s the kind of guy he was. And he gave on election night – this was the runoff night – he made this unbelievably generous reference to John Barbagelata. I remember standing with some friends of mine in a balcony booing him. I yelled at him “You’re a dumb shit. If you don’t understand this guy, you’re a dumb shit.” So, you know, I believe he had empathy to a fault. Far more Christian than was good for him, you know?


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

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