Professor McDaniel Discusses Populism, Progressivism in San Francisco Mayor's Race

Monday, March 05, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- “[Supervisor Hillary] Ronen’s speech struck a very populist tone,” said Jason McDaniel, an assistant professor of politics at San Francisco State University. He noted that to the progressives, Conway is an easy, catchall symbol of capitalism, gentrification and the eviction crisis — everything they say is destroying the city’s character.

Breed, he said, hadn’t done enough to portray herself as independent from Conway, who began stumping for her just days after Lee died.

“On Breed’s side, they just didn’t see how Ron Conway would be a rallying cry for the progressives,” McDaniel said.