Phil Matier: Gascon Faces Stiff Competition In San Francisco DA Race

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Interim San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon is facing a tough challenge as he fights to keep his job in November.

Gascon has never won an election. He was appointed by former mayor Gavin Newsom in January to serve the remaining term of former District Attorney Kamala Harris, now California’s attorney general.

As Gascon attempts to earn a second term, KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier said he’s facing some stiff competition, including opponent Bill Fazio, a former prosecutor and defense attorney in San Francisco.

“This is San Francisco. Nobody’s going to give you a free ride. Everybody wants to be the top job,” Matier said.

KCBS and Chronicle Insider Phil Matier:

Gascon is still far ahead in the early polls.

However, Matier points out he’s starting to face a little heat.

Gascon’s challengers now are teaming up to criticize his decision not to investigate the people behind the campaign to get Mayor Ed Lee to run in November.

“Is George Gascon a little too inside baseball and a little too chummy and a little too much inside City Hall for some people? If there’s any weakness that’s where he’s going to get hit,” said Matier.

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  • Bill Supporter

    The DA’s Office is corrupt. They need a DA thats not goin to let good workers get laid off & those that work hard get walked over. Being a previous staff assigned Assistant Investigator of 15 yrs I was released because of funds; yet the office found money to re-hire more assisants a few months later. Bill Fazio is the man for the job. His career speaks for itself. I’m sure he will go in & weed out the trouble makers like Eugene C., Martha K., Jay., Cindy., supervisors of 2 staff in the secretary pool. Those two are bullies & Martha’s pets. I can’t wait until the election & Bill cleans shop. The DA’s Office needs a sweep & he’s the man that will make it happen.

  • Lou Gordon

    You got that right. There was never any proper investigations done regarding allegations of police corruption and all of a sudden the police chief became the DA? Strange but true!. Something smelled funny to me when this first happened.and it smells worse as the days go on.

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