Brown, Willie: Moscone state senator


Willie Brown: We played poker once a week. We’d play poker on Monday nights and Tuesday was Ways and Means. I was the chair of Ways and Means. We’d start playing poker all night, it meant the productivity on Ways and Means was going to be zero on Tuesday, so we moved Ways and Means to Wednesday. We couldn’t have it interfering with the poker game. George Moscone would play poker with us! Burton played poker with us! Oh, it was just a great life! Jon Rubin (interviewer): So you guys got up there and thrived. Willie Brown: We grew. Jon Rubin (interviewer): And George moved very quickly in the Senate which is generally a slower moving… Willie Brown: Well, but George was the first new-type senator. George was the first well-dressed senator. George was the first handsome senator. George was the first senator who could still breathe who could play baseball with us, play softball with us, who could hang with us in the middle of the night, who could drink with us, who could do all the things that the younger crowd were doing. So he was one of the first young senators. As a matter of fact, he was first acceptable young senator, period. There were a couple of the guys who came along who were George’s same age, but they were not blendable in the delivery system.


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

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