Professor McDaniel Discusses Progressive, Moderate Coalitions in SF Politics

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER -- Jason McDaniel, an associate professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University, said the situation speaks to the strength of the progressive coalition and longtime failures of recruiting by leaders in the moderate wing.

While Breed, Chiu, Senator Scott Wiener and Governor Gavin Newsom are considered powerful moderate politicians, McDaniel said they are facing “more competition from a well-organized and often quite united progressive coalition.”

McDaniel pointed to the losses the moderate faction has had not just at the Board of Supervisors, backing candidates who lost against progressives like Peskin and Preston, but at the school board level and for district attorney.