October 1, 2022
Americans are more worried about crime than at any other time this century

The successful recall of progressive San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin on Tuesday is arguably the political earthquake of the year so far. Not because the result was unexpected, as polling generally suggested that Boudin would be recalled.

Rather, the outcome showed that not even in the Democratic bastion of San Francisco is a progressive safe from the wrath of voters worried about crime. It was the latest sign that crime is a potent issue in municipal elections.

Last year, New York City’s Democratic primary electorate chose the candidate (now-Mayor Eric Adams) running arguably the most forceful tough-on-crime campaign.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who is up for reelection next year, is already out of the box with comments about people charged with violent crimes that infuriated many progressives.

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