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Dem Lawmaker Vows To Not Accept Donations from Police, But Lib Challenger Unsatisfied

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In the politically polarized environment that has re-emerged in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, a California state Senate contest between two Democrats has become a duel to see which candidate can best reject any taint of police support.

Jackie Fielder is seeking to unseat incumbent Democrat Scott Wiener in the 11th state Senate District, which covers San Francisco.

The two emerged as the top two candidates after a March primary knocked out the only Republican in other field.

Last week, Fielder — who portrays herself as a progressive alternative to Wiener — challenged Wiener on Twitter to reject all endorsements and money from police unions to prove that he really has credibility when it comes to opposing the police.

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“A message for all politicians, especially Democratic ones: You can’t be in solidarity with the protestors demanding justice for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless murdered Black people when you’re bankrolled by the very organizations killing them,” Fielder also tweeted.

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The shot provoked a reaction from Wiener, who on Thursday said he would do what Fielder challenged him to do.

“I’m donating all contributions to my reelection campaign from law enforcement unions to SF & Daly City nonprofits serving at-risk youth of color. Our policing/criminal justice system is broken & needs drastic change. I want to be very clear about where I stand in this fight,” he tweeted.

“I also won’t accept contributions from law enforcement unions going forward,” he tweeted.

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“I’ve spent my time in the Senate fighting to change our broken criminal justice system, focusing on decarceration. This system kills/harms countless people, esp people of color. We need to do more & I‘m committed to this fight.”

But this failed to placate Fielder.

“My opponent conceded to my challenge issued on Sunday,” she tweeted.

“However, this: 1) Doesn’t account for $45,000+ from your first State Senate campaign 2) Falls short of a commitment to reject contributions from PACs funded by law enforcement associations,” she said.

“No loopholes.”

One commentator noted that the overriding issue is a change in political culture concerning support for law enforcement unions:

Amid the back-and-forth, Wiener accused Fielder of benefiting from money from the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs Association.

Fielder said that’s inaccurate.

“His campaign is trying to position me as someone who benefits from the deputy sheriffs and it makes no sense whatsoever,” she told the Bay Area Reporter.

“There’s not a word in his comments today apologizing.”

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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