Deukmejian, George: Moscone as a leader in the state senate


George Deukmejian: This question probably would best be answered by members of the Democratic Caucus at the time, but it was obvious that he (George Moscone) was such a bright individual and such an articulate person, plus he had a lot of personal charm, and that’s very important. It’s important to be persuasive among the members of your own caucus, of your own party. And they would recognize that he had those traits that would make it, perhaps, easier for them to be able to work with the other party, and to work with the governor whoever the governor might be at the time. He was a natural leader, and I’m sure that’s why he was recognized by the members of his caucus and why they wanted him to be their primary spokesperson.


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

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