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Support keeps piling up for Carl DeMaio’s bid for Congress.
Many of the GOP members of the California Congressional Delegation are hosting a fundraising event for DeMaio on October 9th in Washington D.C.
Of particular note: Chairman Darrell Issa is on board. This is a huge deal!
Here’s the link to the event posted on the DeMaio website.
Continuing with our series of “Who Covered Up for Bob Filner” this edition focuses on TODD GLORIA.
First, let’s start with the money shot photo of Todd Gloria standing at Bob’s side on Election Day, while Bob voted for himself.
Add to this photo the cheesy live TV footage of Gloria outside the polling station. And the rallies and press conferences Gloria did
You get the point – Gloria was not just a quiet endorser of Filner.
Todd Gloria was a cheerleader every step of the way.
But Todd Gloria has a problem.
In the next few days and weeks, I’ll be posting some interesting reminders about “who spoke up” against Bob Filner’s treatment of women.
I’ll also be posting items showing “Who Covered It Up”.
Let’s begin with this press conference – organized by the DeMaio camp featuring a powerful warning from Bonnie Dumanis.
Update from Rostra Admin…
Given that Bob Filner COS Lee Burdick is now asking for the City Council to protect her from big, bad Jan Goldsmith, what do you think of this post from the other day?…
Posted Saturday, July 27…
In the middle of the media circus surrounding Bob Filner’s “Rehab” announcement, the media missed an important development.
On Friday, a memo from the City Attorney was delivered to the Mayor’s office revealing that Filner’s new Chief of Staff is impeding the ongoing investigations into Filner’s actions by refusing to cooperate with investigators and provide city records to the City Attorney.
Fellow Democrat Sen. Feinstein calls on Bob Filner to resign.
More tellingly, she says his conduct is subject to Recall.
Every time another woman steps forward with a tale of harassment, Bob Filner pleads for “Due Process.”
Filner’s lackeys are crying “Due Process” at press conferences. No doubt Thursday night’s Democratic Party re-vote on whether to call for Filner’s resignation will also feature demands for “Due Process” before condemning Filner.
Smell the hypocrisy? Oh, I do.
Allow me to refresh your memory.
A year ago, Bob Filner called a press conference the day after the Balboa Park Lilly Pond was trashed.
Without any proof, Filner accused Carl DeMaio’s partner Johnathan Hale of “organizing” and “sponsoring” the party that trashed the Lilly Pond and led to “felony acts.”
So Channel 10 and UT San Diego paid for a Survey USA robo poll on possible mayoral contenders.
It shows a statistical dead heat between Carl DeMaio and Nathan Fletcher. Full poll link below.
Poll Understates DeMaio Strength with Special Election Voters
It is widely known that the SurveyUSA poll over-samples voters – going with registered voters versus “likely” or “reliable” voters. SurveyUSA’s method tends to be more accurate when you are talking high turnout elections, such as the Presidential race. But it’s accuracy for Special Elections is much lower.
Survey USA released a poll today on the local opinion of Bob Filner…
They show he’s underwater on approval, and by 56-37% San Diegans call his behavior “inappropriate.”
By 55-30% margin, people say Filner’s behavior could “impact city business a lot.”
Also, in case you missed it, the UT Editorial Board released a piece discussing the dysfunction that has become City Hall under the leadership of Bob Filner.
I was curious whether US Attorney Laura Duffy did anything wrong by contributing to Carl DeMaio. Instead of accepting Bob Filner’s accusations that she violated the Hatch Act, I decided to research it for myself.
A simple search on the world wide web of the term “Hatch Act” directed me to the following site. The federal government webpage clearly defines activities that Federal employees are permitted to participate in.
– May register and vote as they choose.
– May assist in nonpartisan voter registration drives.
– May participate in campaigns where none of the candidates represent a political party.
Recently, Nathan Fletcher raised eyebrows for accepting a financial donation from the minor daughter of Lorena Gonzalez, the local labor union boss. Nathan Fletcher’s continued move to the left appears to mirror his growing support from the Gonzalez family as a whole. The most recent financial disclosures show Marco Gonzalez, Lorena’s brother, donating to Fletcher’s Mayoral campaign.
Marco Gonzalez is a well known area attorney specializing in environmental law. He’s most famous for suing the City of San Diego to stop fireworks shows during the Fourth of July and other celebrations. Gonzalez is requesting the city pay him 756K in legal fees for his suit.
On Monday night, mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher held an unusual teletown hall according to a couple of people who contacted me. One would think it was a campaign forum with Fletcher talking about himself and why he thinks he should be mayor.
One problem: The people who told me about the forum live outside the City of San Diego; specifically in Poway. So what is the mayoral candidate doing talking to people who can’t vote in the upcoming election?
For someone who has spent so much time talking about improving performance at schools, Nathan Fletcher should really be looking at improving his own grades. Yesterday, the California Republican Assembly released a scorecard for legislators on a variety of conservative issues.
For the second year in a row, Fletcher received the lowest mark amongst all Republicans statewide. His 56% is an F grade according to this Cal Watchdog article and also indicates his scores have been dropping every year in the Assembly. This is not a one year fluke, but a disturbing trend.
The title for this post is taken from a recent article by Steven Greenhut on the CalWatchDog website. This article was clearly written in response to Fletcher’s official announcement that he’s running for Mayor. One of the interesting things to follow in this race is how the candidates, and their campaigns, cope with the harsh scrutiny they will receive over the next year.
Of the four definite candidates, Bob Filner is clearly the most battle-hardened. The Congressman has survived vicious political campaigns, segregationists, United Airlines employee, and a fair amount of accusations and innuendos over the years. The man lives for political and media combat and will not shy from it. After Filner however, one can argue that the other four candidates may not have the experience for scrutiny by political opponents and the media.
As everyone in San Diego (and probably the nation) knows, the big issue coming down the political pipeline is pension reform. Locally, everyone is talking about the prospect of two ballot measures simultaneously on the street collecting signatures to “fix the pension system.” On one side are the Lincoln Club, Councilmember Carl DeMaio and others looking to manage pension levels for all current employees while placing future employees in a 401(K) style plan. On the other side is Mayor Jerry Sanders, who’s plan merely looks to place future non-public safety employees into a 401(k) style plan.
Jerry Brown’s money grab of redevelopment funds has set off an orgy of spending projects up and down the State and everyone is trying to get a slice of the action. Here in San Diego, the City is planning to vote on over 4 Billion dollars in projects this week. The San Diego school system, led by Richard Barrera, and joined by allies Nathan Fletcher and labor leader Lorena Gonzalez, have decided to try to grab some cash ($64 million a year) for the wild spending school system.
Note to reader [This is a rant, not a properly organized posting]:
Today, the City Council will vote on whether to raise our water rates…again. They’ll claim this is merely a “pass through” because the price of buying water has gone up on the open market. We don’t see an across the board increase (by relatively equal amounts) in different jurisdictions to reflect the cost of water on the open market. Why is that? Because the actual cost of water is a relatively small amount of the total cost the city charges for delivering this essential commodity. The biggest cost is staff and the associated costs including salaries, pension benefits (shocker) and assorted fringe benefits.
Here’s a little picture of Todd Gloria who has been Labor’s voice on this issue. We can only hope he finds gainful employment with Walmart in January 2013.
Leaders (and I use that term loosely) who pushed for Proposition D now know that there won’t be a hike in the already high sales tax in the City. The question for Jerry Sanders is: Are you still a Republican and if so, why?
It’s a good question that I’d like somebody to ask him for two reasons. First, Jerry spit in the eye of many people who fought for him and defended him during political and policy battles in the past and in my opinion, he needs to apologize to the people who supported him and whom he betrayed. He should especially apologize to the two Republican Council members whom he publicly attacked and ridiculed in a mean spirited manner during the campaign.
Proposition A, the County wide ban on Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) is the most brilliant proposition I’ve seen on a ballot in a long time. The reason I love this Prop is not just because it bans union blackmail of merit shops by requiring they hire union labor and pay into union pension and health care plans in order to work on projects. The simple genius of this proposition is that even if somehow it fails at the polls, a policy against PLAs is already in place at the County.
The Chamber of Commerce plans to meet on Thursday to determine whether they will support or oppose the sales tax increase. One moment I think that as a Chamber of Commerce, it’s only logical they vote against Proposition D with its damaging impacts to business and consumers. Three different subcommittees of the Chamber did recommend they oppose Prop D.
Then the next moment I think they won’t go against Jerry Sanders, Vince Mudd and other key members of the board.
Finally it hit me: WHO CARES?
There’s a cartoon going around California recently that’s a discussion between a firefighter and a private sector employee. Simply put, it’s hysterical. There are two versions, one with cursing and one without. I’m linking the clean version but personally I think the one with cursing is much funnier.
The reason I enjoy the cartoon is that it speaks to the underlying truth in the ongoing debate throughout California and the US. We have reached a point where our frustration with bloated salaries, pensions, and perks largely out distances the ongoing respect we have for the police officers and firefighters.