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As Nathan Fletcher’s recent gains have come not at the expense of Carl DeMaio but rather Bob Filner (and to a lesser degree Bonnie Dumanis) it seems local Democratic operatives are growing frustrated and starting to dig in to newly Independent Nathan Fletcher’s background.
Not to worry though, as long as Nathan doesn’t have a long history with the Republican Party or connections to George W. Bush or (gasp) Grover Norquist and his Taxpayer Protection Pledge, he’ll do just fine with those coveted decline-to-state and “moderate” Democratic primary voters.
If Nathan had made the announcement about his party switch six-months ago it could have been construed as a statement of principle, but because he made the move six-weeks before the election it looks like an act of desperation by a candidate who is stuck in fourth place. Of course, that’s exactly where he is in the latest polling.
But Nathan’s big mistake is in his making the race partisan, which it wasn’t before — and that only helps Carl DeMaio and Bob Filner, both of whom carry official party endorsements. Voter intensity in a primary is driven by partisans and Republican turnout will be disproportionately higher in June because of the presidential ballot. If Nathan is going to rely on Decline to State (DTS) voters to carry him to November he’s whistling past the graveyard (see Tom Campbell).
-”Oh, but wait! There’s more!”
A core principle in Redistricting is “One Person, One Vote” which even embattled Executive Director Midori Wong has been repeating over and over again in various media outlets.
Apparently that principle is not shared over at Empower San Diego as they are willing to sacrifice it at the altar of forcing their progressive, political agenda on San Diegans.
Here is the “Post Map Talking Points” document which Emily Serafy Cox recently sent around. Note that “Deviation Talking Points” seems to be the first order of business, followed by games playing for the sake of progressive, political ends – not communities.
It’s no secret that various interest groups have been actively lobbying the San Diego Redistricting Commission over the past few months. One of the most active groups has been Empower San Diego which even managed to get one of their own, Commissioner Theresa Quiroz on the actual commission and who has been carrying their water ever since.
The commission has arrived at a preliminary map which has been generally well received by the Latino, African-American, gay and various community groups. Even the business community seems OK with the map – as evidenced by emails I saw from the San Diego Chamber and San Diego Taxpayers Association.
This morning San Diego’s newest local radio talk show host Mike Slater covered not only the latest developments in the ongoing San Diego redistricting commission scandal, but also a more in-depth background on how the commission came to be, and how what was supposed to be a non-partisan affair has turned into a circus.
Click here for the 7 am podcast from earlier this morning, Thursday April 28th. Mr. Slater is one of very few media outlets that has dared to tackle this embarrassment. KUSI broke the story a few weeks ago, followed by Rostra posts and more in depth articles by David King and Michael Rosen. Not unexpected, the “traditional” media have been stunningly silent. U-T where are you?