Feinstein, Dianne: Moscone


Dianne Feinstein: I remember an enormously attractive human being, great personality, very outgoing, good at speech-making; as a matter of fact I see a lot of correlation between Obama and Moscone. The question comes how good was he in follow-up, how good was he in the detail of zeroing in on something and staying with it till it gets done. I think, as a legislator, it’s very different than as an executive because I dogged things. I had, for nine years, a weekly staff meeting of fifty-two department heads. And I’m sure they didn’t like it, but we went over the crime rate, we went over the big nineteen of the crimes that took place over the weekend, told Murphy “What are you going to do about it?” I’m sure he didn’t like being asked, but that’s too bad. It comes with the territory. And you have to do that. Tonight we’re having an event for Ed Lee, may be the new mayor, may not be. Paying attention to detail, and running the city with a detailed mind is very critical to this city. This city is so fragile, and that’s one of the things that happened with George. The city polarized. And I learned the hard way that that’s the worst thing that can happen. You cannot take one position to the exclusion of other positions. You have to move the city together, otherwise it polarizes.


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

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