A couple of weeks ago, political consultant David Latterman, who often works with downtown interests, sent off an e-mail warning that the pro big-business, moderate bloc needed to get its act together. "It appears as if different groups are unwilling to set aside their egos or agendas, and pool together resources in a comprehensive plan to take back the [Democratic County Central Committee]," he wrote. "And guess what, we're going to lose, in June and November."
His point: the DCCC matters, a lot. "The DCCC controls the supe endorsements that matter most," he noted, adding, "The mayor's race starts now."
And that's absolutely true and unless the folks downtown are foolish or have given up (and neither is terribly likely) they're going to get the message, and there's going to be a big-money push in the next two months to oust the progressive majority on the county committee.
The DCCC controls the Democratic Party endorsements and the party slate card is among the most influential political slates in a city where the vast majority of the population votes for Democrats. The DCCC could well make the difference in some of the key supervisorial races this fall and could play a key role in choosing the next mayor of San Francisco.
But it's not a high-profile election. More than half the votes will probably be absentees. That means it's critical that the progressive candidates can raise money, do mailers, and fight back.
At this point, there's a pretty good consensus on a progressive slate. We published our endorsements last week, and the Milk Club, Sierra Club, Tenants Union, and Assembly Member Tom Ammiano have endorsed most of the same candidates. In the fall, labor, environmental groups, tenants, and other progressive interests will be putting a lot of money into the races for district supervisor. But I could argue that the DCCC is just as important and if we don't fight this one to win, it's going to be a lot harder in November.