Was Gascon DA pick a snub to someone else? 

Serving under then-District Attorney Kamala Harris, Paul Henderson was a high-ranking attorney in the prosecutor’s office and a potential candidate to be appointed to fill her vacancy when she left her term early to serve as the state’s attorney general.

But before leaving the Mayor’s Office, Gavin Newsom surprised many by appointing police Chief George Gascón as district attorney instead.

Henderson had already filed to run for district attorney in November, if he does, he will be running against his boss. And Henderson continues to be in the running.

Talk about office politics.

“I have yet to make a decision on the future of my campaign for district attorney,” Henderson said in a recent statement. “I remain committed to the citizens of my native San Francisco and will continue to work in public service protecting the safety of our community.”

Gascón  is not a native of The City, by the way.

Henderson said he has “great respect” for his new boss as a “law enforcement professional and a public servant” and gives him credit for phoning him personally to let him know about Newsom’s decision.

“We have had positive ongoing conversations since this weekend,” Henderson said. “DA Gascón and I will be discussing next steps and I stand ready to help him address the pressing issues facing the office.”

Now Harris had not publicly stated who she recommended for the post. But Henderson said he was her choice.“I am proud that Attorney General Kamala Harris recommended me to the mayor as her selection for district attorney.”


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