Thursday, July 09, 2015

Scott Wiener's "contempt for voters"

A letter to the editor in today's SF Chronicle:

Regarding “Wiener will run for State Senate” (July 1): In his pitch to voters to elect him to the State Senate, Supervisor Scott Wiener said, “I think it’s very important to have principles and be very clear about them.”

I would agree that Wiener has been very clear about his distrust of San Francisco voters during his time at City Hall. First, Wiener sponsored a ballot measure to let politicians repeal voter-approved ballot initiatives, which the voters overwhelmingly defeated.

Next, Wiener opposed giving voters a voice in waterfront development that the voters overwhelmingly approved. Earlier this year, Wiener proposed a measure to restrict the ability of citizens to put initiatives on the ballot at all, which was so clearly unpopular and destined to lose that Wiener eventually abandoned the idea altogether. 

If San Francisco voters promote a politician who has repeatedly shown contempt for the voice of the voters, will he do more of the same in Sacramento? Wiener’s record has made that answer very clear.

Jon Golinger 
San Francisco

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At 11:51 AM, Anonymous sfthen said...

Wiener epitomizes what SF has turned into in the 21st century, he's not like the gays that moved here in the 70s. They came with nothing just to be part of the mix, and by doing so invented the Castro (up until 1975 Polk St was where Halloween took place). Wiener's kind wait until it's safe, come with a secure and high paying job, get 3000 miles from home and are suddenly "living as an opening gay man" as if he's the first to ever do it right here in San Francisco for all the world to see.

Those gays in the 70s moved here to come out, Wiener and his kind moved here to hide. Because of them the Castro is now the World's Biggest Closet.

At 12:46 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Wiener's career shows that whether you're gay or straight or whatever is becoming politically irrelevant, especially in San Francisco. Is their a gay position on Muni, affordable housing or any other important city issue? No, of course not. Wiener should be judged on where he stands on the issues, a standard that does him no favors. He supports the high-speed rail fiasco/project. He fudged so much on his phony CEQA reform it's fair to call him a liar on that issue. Still waiting too for him to produce a single example of what prompted him to propose allowing the Board of Supervisors to fiddle with initiative measures after they are passed by city voters.

Like David Chiu, another know-it-all Ivy league grad, Wiener's approach to issues is intellectually slipshod, combined with a PC, Democratic Party orthodoxy that would be financially ruinous to the State of California in the case of the high-speed rail project.

Gavin Newsom is a better example of a Democrat who seems to actually do some thinking about important issues and challenging party orthodoxy when necessary.


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