Filner Flops In An Ugly Campaign Week
Politics & Media Mashup: A look at this week’s local political coverage
They say a good writer knows when to get out of the way of a good story. So rather then comment on this entertaining Investigative Newsource story — Bob Filner Misses the Boat on the Port — I will just encourage you to read it, and then watch Filner’s attempt at damage control:
In an April 6 interview, Filner said a fiscal analysis of the plan has been completed which is how he knows how much it will save. When asked why he doesn’t release the analysis, he replied: “Because I’ve chosen not to.”
Filner also reiterated that the plan would be made public soon. “You’ll get it before the election,” he said. Filner then added, “I hope so.”
A new poll pushed by the Nathan Fletcher campaign suggests Filner might want to step up his game. I have heard all about what a great campaigner Filner is and how he would be so tough to beat, but so far I’ve mostly seen someone who is uninterested, uninformed and unapologetic.
This past week was easily the ugliest in the race for San Diego Mayor. Fletcher kicked things off with a video attacking Carl DeMaio. By the end of the week, Bonnie Dumanis called Fletcher a hypocrite. I’m pretty sure that’s the first shot Dumanis has taken so far. Fletcher’s campaign then called the Dumanis campaign a failure.
Not to be left out, the local GOP chair blasted Fletcher on Friday for missing a vote in Sacramento and promised there would be more attacks. Team Fletcher responded: “Local Republican Party chair Tony Krvaric continues to play the political games that helped drive Nathan Fletcher from the party last month. In an email to San Diego Republicans, Tony Krvaric distorted the facts and misled voters. It’s shameful.”
San Diego Rostra clearly is benefiting from all the vitriol. Rostra has become the battleground for mayoral hopefuls. That’s good for business, but since it’s the weekend I want to leave you with this: