Geesman, John: 1975 constituencies


John Geesman: Well I don’t think Dianne Feinstein had a clear constituency at that point. She was an attractive personality in city politics, but had not really carved out a constituency that felt responsive to her outside probably Pacific Heights. It sounds a little sharp-edge to put it that way now because obviously she went onto a much, much, much stronger political base than she showed then. But that was when she was thinking about leaving the political field as a result of a not very impressive performance in 1975. Barbagelata represented the old-time property owner, very defensive about the changes that were going on to the city constituency, and George represented the new. People that had not previously felt represented in city politics. In many instances people that had not been in the city for very long, but all of whom had a sense of enfranchisement through his campaign. He held out an opportunity that they would be represented; their views taken into account, members of their communities brought into the government that had not previously existed.


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

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