Archive for the ‘Mr. Murphy’ Category
For the last two weeks Nathan Fletcher has been telling anyone who will listen two things:
(1) He’s ‘already raised’ 300k and
(2) The Labor Council will endorse him.
Why? It was a concerted propaganda move to intimidate other Democrats out of the race. That has obviously failed, now that Councilman David Alvarez is in, with an overwhelming Labor Council endorsement.
Look for a Democrat Party endorsement for the councilman too — even though the former chairman of the Party was running around like his hair was on fire last week trying to round up Fletcher votes! Ooops! Jess, don’t you know who pays the Democrat bill? Hint: the Labor Council is the dog, you are the tail.
When I woke up this morning I read the leaked Fletcher poll. This is not the kind of typical campaign poll we all see. It doesn’t take into account any of Fletcher’s many issues that voters might find concerning except his party changes. Even that question is soft sold. It’s full of positive things about Fletcher though. I can only come to one conclusion – this Fletcher poll was written to show him winning, then the poll will be made public to discourage others from filing.
If Mayor Bob Filner can weather the storm over the next several days, insiders increasingly believe that a resignation would be over the horizon, or not at all. At the end of the day it’s this simple: Filner views himself as a civil rights hero. He’s not going to just duck out the back door and have this scandal define him. He’ll fight it. It’s his nature. And maybe more to the point, SHORT OF A RECALL NO ONE CAN MAKE FILNER LEAVE OFFICE.
What is likely to occur today, from labor sources, is that Filner will announce he is going to rehab. Hell of a move…
According to my source, Nathan Fletcher has been deeply involved in this.
There are some other emails worth reading — maybe I’ll publish them sometime.
Christine, you should remove me from your email list.
From: Christine Forester <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: July 13, 2013, 5:42:38 PM PDT
Subject: Draft Nathan Fletcher effort
Looks like Kehoe isn’t going to lie down. Her camp is making it more than clear that labor will stand with Kehoe. OK, what does that mean? Presumably ‘with Kehoe’ means if Gonzalez doesn’t run, ’cause if Gonzalez is in the race labor would rally around her. Also means Fletcher simply wouldn’t have the money to compete. Additional rumor: Gonzalez favors Fletcher over Kehoe. Why? Not that close to the Democrats to know…
According to conversations downtown today, former Republican, former independent, current Democrat Nathan Fletcher was all over the phones today calling potential donor types. The message: “Filner is done, Lorena won’t challenge me, Kehoe and Saldana are too liberal to win, Frye is nuts, and I have labor support no matter what other Democrat is in the race.”
Democrats in San Diego are preparing for civil war. Former Councilwoman Donna Frye is leading the charge against Mayor Bob Filner … accusing him of sexual misconduct. Don’t expect Filner to just toss up his hands and resign though. That’s not his nature. It’s unclear, actually, whether he even should resign – but we’ll learn more at the Frye press conference tomorrow.
Anyone else notice the “union bug” on the donor envelopes Mayoral candidate Bonnie Dumanis is handing out? Well, at least I’m sure they cost more.
Some observations on the first few days of the Mayor’s race:
#1 Republicans Up. The Republican candidates for Mayor (DeMaio, Dumanis, Fletcher) are up and running: raising money, throwing up websites, gathering endorsements, hiring consultants. The Democrats are having a harder time getting on their feet. I can’t imagine this is planned. More like they spent so long deciding that they still have to clear their heads and get going building organizations. Of course, they have labor.
I got an email today from a friend that seems to be in pretty close touch with Nathan Fletcher and company. She will remain nameless, but I thought it was worth publishing. I’ll skip the chatter back and forth and just hit the part I thought was important:
“Yes I think NF is going to be in. I hear in the next ten days. I think that makes the race a real barn burner. I think he can raise more than BD or CD. So you have the right winger, and you have the top cop, and now you have the war hero. This is San Diego … lots of former military around … maybe he can get votes from everyone on that.”
The events around Carlos Marquez should give labor and the left a moment of pause in their quest to gerrymander the City of San Diego. It’s fairly clear from a number of conversations I’ve been privy to that the failure of the judges to do due diligence in selecting committee members is a likely winner in court and a reason to restart the process. It’s also likely that Mr. Marquez will either resign within a few days or he will further discredit the commission and give any ballot box solution a cause célèbre. Either way works for me.
Then let me suggest, Ms. Wong, that you might not have the background for the job you now hold.
The ‘gentleman’ in question, if the news is correct, probably does not live in the city. This violates the law. That’s the priority here.
According to the San Diego Charter, members of the Independent Redistricting Commission have to demonstrate that they can operate in a nonpartisan fashion in drawing the lines. So of course you’d think that the judges who selected the commissioners would ask about previous partisan affiliation. Nope. Not at all. Not one question in the public written forms or the oral question and answer period addressed the issue of past or present partisan affiliation.
Today I read in SD CityBeat that the “impartial” redistricting staffer (who in fact has some pretty serious Democrat affiliations herself) blocked a question at a public forum from a interested citizen about the past or previous partisan affiliations of the commissioners. Here is the pull from the CityBeat article:
ITEM 1: CHANGES AT THE NEW MAJORITY. Sounds like the San Diego New Majority is in the midst of a staff change. Current staffer Doug Sain, who has served in the position for a couple of years, is either moving on or acting as an adviser in a different capacity (conflicting stories). The replacement will be John Cross. I don’t know Mr. Cross but wish him the best of luck…
Andrew Donohue at Voice of San Diego has the story… Bonnie Dumanis comes out against the Sanders/DeMaio/Faulconer pension reform measure in the City of San Diego. She tells Voice, “…it is my core belief that those who put their lives at risk daily in the line of duty should have a secure pension … I can’t support a measure that doesn’t exempt police, firefighters and lifeguards.”
Looks like Nathan Fletcher just got his opening.
As noted in the post below it looks like District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis is in. The emails swirling around town this morning also mentioned that she hired GOP consultant Kevin Spillane from Sacramento to run her race. In the past Dumanis used Democrat consultant Jennifer Tierney, who is also the consultant for the Firefighter’s Union. Does this mean that the firefighters are backing Dumanis and that we should expect independent expenditures from them? Unknown.
Regarding today’s Voice of San Diego blurb… CityBeat’s John Lamb’s incredibly lame excuse for printing an incorrect story. Yes, John, you should have put on your reading glasses. Sort of one of the normal obligations of the press when they decide to zing someone. All of us know you salivate wildly at any hint of negative news (or news you can make negative with a twist) about the Republican Party. Just slow down tiger. And is it really just impossible to retract without a nasty comment? Stay classy, progressive San Diego.
Not Close and No Cigar
Every Supervisor in the County of San Diego gets a large “slush fund” that has ranged over the years, I believe, from half a million to a million taxpayer dollars. Basically, the Supervisors get to dole this money out to whatever nonprofits or projects they see fit. Over the years Supervisor Pam Slater has spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars subsidizing an arts community that should be self sufficient. It’s not that I don’t support art: I just don’t want to pay for what I don’t like. Further, I’d much rather the county spend its precious resources on more sheriffs, for instance.
Looks like DA Bonnie Dumanis and Congressman Bob Filner are both exploring entering the San Diego Mayor’s race. How does this play?
With the DA in there are at least two “establishment” candidates in the race, Dumanis and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher. Presumably Fletcher will be able to access Republican donor monies from his term in Sacramento and his and his wife’s national relationships, so he has some strengths she cannot count on. Dumanis is reasonably well known and liked and may have access to national gay money. How the local establishment money will be split up is anyone’s guess.
I think we’ve all watched Chairman Michael Steele with some degree of head shaking over the last couple of years. Instead of doing the job of party chairman quietly, raising money and recruiting candidates, he worked overtime to make himself the ‘face’ of the GOP, often with embarrassing results. Finally, donors were so disquieted by Steele that they basically pulled their money from the Republican Party and fed it into outside groups like those led by Karl Rove. Now according to Fox News he’s set up a confidential conference call to announce he will not run for a second term.
Councilwoman Marti Emerald was shocked at the results of District 6 a week ago. The day of the election she was smilingly predicting a Wayne win, if not walk over. What would a Wayne win have meant? With just two seats in GOP hands and another resounding labor victory, it would have meant a disheartened small business community that would finally cave into the Chamber of Commerce ‘corporate welfare’ types who long since gave up the fight. A Wayne victory in D6 would have meant an easier re-election campaign for Emerald. Now, of course, the small business community and the local GOP smell blood in the water.
I thought a long while before writing this post. I lived with Mayor Sander’s position on gay marriage. Gave him a pass, for the good of party unity. I was pretty upset with his position on the Arizona law, but largely kept my mouth shut. But this sales tax increase is just too much.
Just a few minutes ago Donna Frye joined Carl DeMaio and Kevin Faulconer in voting down the proposed sales tax.
It’s no secret that community leaders in the 7th Council District have been seriously discussing a recall of Councilwoman Marti Emerald. Recently, though, more serious ‘downtown’ types have also been overheard having similar discussions. A poll taken several months ago showed pretty conclusively that a funded recall would succeed.
Apparently the buzzing is getting to Emerald, never known for stability. On KPBS this morning (I just happened to hear it) she and Councilman Carl DeMaio were going back and forth about DeMaio’s labor initiative when Emerald outright accused DeMaio of masterminding a recall against her. More amusing, her source was “blogs”. I’m hardly an unbiased source, but I thought she just sounded paranoid, at best. Now I guess we know what Emerald does with her time though, sifting through blogs instead of balancing the budget.