Suzy Loftus Named SF Interim DA

Will Take Office Weeks Before Election Names New DA

Carrie Hodousek
October 04, 2019 - 3:27 pm
SF Mayor London Breed announces Suzy Loftus as interim DA on Oct. 4

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (KCBS Radio) – San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced Friday that she has appointed Suzy Loftus as the city’s interim District Attorney, one day after George Gascón announced that he was resigning his post early.

Gascón created a wide open race for the position when he announced last year that he would not run for re-election, the first time in over a century that the SF DA’s race would not include an incumbent.

But Mayor Breed’s announcement Friday means that Loftus, the former president of the SF Police Commission, will be in the DA’s office when she runs against Chesa Boudin, Leif Dautch and Nancy Tung for the position on Nov. 5. Her opponents did not mince words in their response to the appointment.

Tung said in a statement the appointment “reeks of cronyism and political backroom deals… This is a blatant move to inappropriately influence this critically important election.”

“Voters across San Francisco are excited about the first open-seat race for District Attorney in 110 years,” said Dautch. “They deserve the right to choose their next DA on a clean slate. Machine politics caused the problems facing our city, and machine politics won’t solve them.”

Breed has previously endorsed Loftus in the race.

The announcement was previously scheduled for Chinatown’s Portsmouth Square but had to be moved indoors to a nearby restaurant after protestors interrupted the proceedings. They expressed frustration that Breed had appointed her chosen candidate into the position before voters had a chance to decide, with cries of “Suzy is corrupt” and “shame on Suzy Loftus”.

But Breed defended her decision to appoint an interim DA. “We don’t just leave an office open just because an election is coming up, especially with one of the most important offices in our city. So you don’t play politic with a position like this. And the fact is, Suzy has worked in that office for years, she has the experience.”

For her part, Loftus called the protests “a hallmark of who we are as a city. We can always do better, we can always build safety and justice together.” She plans to focus on issues like domestic violence and elder abuse during her term.

Gascón will officially step down on Oct. 18, putting Loftus in office less than three weeks before the election.