Newsom targets DCCC takeover 

Mayor Gavin Newsom wants to prohibit local city elected office holders from also serving on the Democratic County Central Committee. The little known political committee was thrust into the political center stage two years ago when then Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin and his progressive allies made the unusual move and ran to sit on the DCCC. It was in this capacity that the progressives sought to influence the outcomes of local elections for the Board of Supervisors and ballot measures, as the DCCC endorsement is one of the few that make a difference.

Newsom submitted Tuesday by 5 p.m. a ballot measure for the November election that if approved would prohibit a locally elected office holders from also sitting on the DCCC. Progressive supervisors like David Campos and John Avalos would have to resign from the DCCC seats if it wins.

Newsom is calling it a good government measure since DCCC members engage in fundraising efforts and the same fundraising rules that apply to supervisors do not apply to the members of the DCCC.

“This is about clean money and good government,” Newsom spokesman Tony Winnicker said.

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