Del Carlo, Larry: Conservative's reaction to Moscone


Larry Del Carlo: Conversations we had during that time was “Why did Barbagelata do so well?” A lot of us thought that it probably had to do with George being seen as so left and so liberal that it really activated the most conservative folks in San Francisco. Dianne Feinstein was more middle of the road. A lot of us thought she was a bit conservative, but in the west of Twin Peaks neighborhoods they always thought Feinstein was a little too liberal for them, and what did they do? They got the most conservative guy they could find in John Barbagelata and actively supported his campaign, and they did their own grassroots stuff to get John elected, and they almost won. The runoff results I think Moscone only beat John Barbagelata by forty-four hundred votes or something like that, and to me that was almost a tie. Could have gone either way. It was so close that the Barbagelata campaign called for a recount. Actually I was part of the Moscone team doing the recounts. There was a group of us, and we had to work side by side with the John Barbagelata people. We were all looking at the ballots and we’re all working together. There was a little bit of the right-wing meanness involved from what I remember in doing that recount. People were pretty angry, a little mean-spirited about this left-wing radical – called him a lot of other things – guy was gonna be the mayor of San Francisco, and it didn’t set well with them.


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

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