Fault Lines: Power-packed progressives? 

The very same people who pushed ranked-choice voting on San Francisco residents are doing their best to make sure it doesn’t apply to themselves. The so-called “progressives,’’ who recently took control of the local Democratic Party, took the unusual step of endorsing only one candidate in upcoming supervisor’s races — with one exception, adding North Beach activist Denise McCarthy as a second seed to their list.

Despite pleas from more moderate members to embrace some of the many qualified female candidates, the committee decided to go its own ham-handed way, turning the ideal of a “big tent’’ for Democratic candidates into more of a snug mummy bag.

The committee also came out in opposition of measures supporting the mayor’s new Community Justice Center and the JROTC school leadership program — which this November voters will pass handily, once again showing how outside the mainstream of The City the power-hungry progressives have become.

They also voted to support every tax measure on the ballot (surprise) and the latest public-power initiative. They did, however, shy away from endorsing a plan to name a city sewage plant after President Bush, fearing political backlash. How radical.


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