Voters ousted Boudin by a wide ten-point margin, vindicating recall supporters who argued the progressive prosecutor undermined public safety with overly lenient charging decisions. The race tested a national reform movement and reflected growing public concern about crime and homelessness. Wealthy interests poured in, outspending progressive groups.
But some of Boudin’s political allies thought he might seek to win back his seat – in part because of who occupies it now. San Francisco Mayor London Breed replaced Boudin with Brooke Jenkins, who had served as prosecutor under Boudin until she resigned and became a prominent public face in the recall campaign.
Jenkins articulated a radically different view from Boudin’s, criticizing policies such as his blanket ban on charging minors as adults and his use of pre-trial diversion. She cleaned up by dismissing many prosecutors. She also broke Boudin’s record this week by rescinding a series of extended drug plea deals under Boudin, saying San Francisco needed to get tough on drug dealers, earn an amen from Breed.
Boudin said in his Twitter announcement that he was “seriously concerned about what I have seen from the current appointed district attorney.”
“We have heard no guarantees that the successful programs we have implemented will continue, and indeed we are seeing worrying signs every day as progress is being reversed,” Boudin said.
Without Boudin behind the scenes, Jenkins has a clearer path to keep his job in November. She would then be elected for a full four-year term.