Kilduff, Marshall: Jim Jones support Moscone campaign


Marshall Kilduff: Well, in the mid 1970’s, Jim Jones, Peoples Temple reverend, the leader of the flock began to move from Redwood Valley in Sonoma Lake County. He moved his folks down to San Francisco. One of the things they did when they came to San Francisco in order to build their church was to get active politically, and Jones had dispatched a lot of church members who would do just anything at his back and call to work in political campaigns. One of the campaigns they worked in was George Moscone’s for mayor; walking precincts, showing up at rallies, being a backdrop for speeches. All of these are plusses in politics, and Jones was a ready-made army that lots of politicians, including George Moscone, called on to help them. When Moscone got elected, and his advisors began selecting commission members, they chose Jones to be on the Housing Commission, which runs about seven or eight thousand public housing units in San Francisco.


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

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