Bronstein, Phil: Open questions about Moscone


Phil Bronstein: I guess as a journalist and a born skeptic, there was a lot going on with George. His personal life, there was at least one federal investigation. There were people – for instance high up in the police department – who thought that he and Willie represented the devil. That everything that was wrong and bad and corrupt about this libertine San Francisco society was held by George Moscone and Willie Brown, and they were really after that. I don’t know to what extend the federal investigation was just an outgrowth of that, but I know there were a lot of open questions that survived after George’s death. And of course his manner of dying and he sort of became an icon in many ways certainly in the Gay community much more than is represented today in terms of it’s all Harvey. George did a lot for people in San Francisco. His heart was definitely open, and I think he was driven a lot by that even more so than some of his peers in the Burton machinery. I think George genuinely seemed to feel that way, but he was also a very ambitious politician. A very ambitious politician.


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

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