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Does Nathan Fletcher Have a Shot At Mayor in 2016?

Monday, July 30, 2012
posted by Brian Brady

Guest Commentary
by Brian Brady

Bob Filner wants to be San Diego’s next mayor.  You couldn’t tell it from the primary campaign he ran, but what Bob lacks in factual accuracy, fundraising, and hustle he makes up for in guile.  Keep something in mind; Filner pulled a virtual tie in the primary with next to no campaigning.

Nathan Fletcher is Bob’s secret weapon.  Since Fletcher became a man with no home, his future is either with another state Republican party or the San Diego Democrats.  Bob knows this.  To wit:

So Filner, who finished in second place to Fletcher’s third in the mayoral primary election, is offering Fletcher the role of point man for major economic development and military/defense industry issues — assuming Filner defeats Councilman Carl DeMaio, the primary’s plurality winner, in the November mayoral runoff.

The problem for Bob is that Fletcher has a Mt Soledad-sized ego — he wants to be Mayor of San Diego, not a surrogate for Progressive Bob.  Fletcher will have a lot of private-sector (i.e. lobbying) opportunities after he serves out his Assembly term and making seven figures annually might be too appealling to Fletcher…unless…

Filner offers to be a one-term mayor and campaign for Fletcher in 2016.  Politics is a business where contracts mean nothing so Fletcher would be naive to agree to such a deal.  Would it work?

John Dadian doesn’t rule out the brilliance of Bob’s Machiavellian move:

Said veteran political consultant John Dadian, who has no connection to the mayoral race: “What’s being reported in a Filner Administration for (Fletcher) is something that is his forte.  He did have strong views on a new stadium, and a new city hall, on a new convention center.  And they pretty much mesh with what would be a Filner Administration.  So I think it’s absolutely, borderline brilliant.

Fletcher peeled off a LOT of Republicans (and some Democrats) in his primary run.  A lot of those Republicans have money and egos.  If there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s that people with money don’t like to lose money or face.  A Fletcher move to Filner could bring in money and support IF Bob assures the donors that Nathan’s got his support in 2016.

The message will be simple; public sector unions don’t like DeMaio.  Rather than direct their ire at the voters of San Diego, the union attack will be “Pension reform can only be implemented if Filner and Fletcher are negotiating the deal”.  The public sector unions will fall in line, announce that a Filner/Fletcher Administration can avoid costly and lengthy legal actions, and pledge their support to the unholy alliance.

Watch Tom Shepard, Fletcher’s campaign consultant.  In the past seven days, he’s linked three stories on his Facebook wall:  one about the “decline of the California Republican Party,” one about Carl DeMaio’s “flip-flops,” and one about San Jose and San Diego being “islands of sanity” for voting for pension reform.  Shepard is telling us the message the Filner/Fletcher campaign intends to use.

Not all of Fletcher’s voters will come into the Filner camp but enough could join to get Filner to 50.1% in November.  Needless to say, we San Diego Republicans have to be prepared for a gargantuan battle if this happens.  The good news is that San Diego voters really DO like Carl DeMaio — they trust him to take on the big issues.  Once again, it’s the public-sector unions against the taxpayers and we can win this election by being pro-taxpayer.

Both Bob and Nathan want to be San Diego’s mayor and neither one can win it on his own.  Expect this to happen soon.  I’m ready.

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Brian Brady is a small business owner who lives in Solana Beach.  He is a director for Stop Taxing Us, the taxpayer advocacy and tea party group.  There, he crafted the “Promise to California taxpayers,” a no new tax pledge candidates make.  He is a Member-Elect of the SDGOP Central Committee.

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4 Responses to “Does Nathan Fletcher Have a Shot At Mayor in 2016?”

  1. La Playa Heritage says:

    Part of Councilmember Carl DeMaio’s downtown plan includes construction of Doug Manchester’s [UT San Diego] Navy Broadway Complex (NBC) project ASAP. “Proposal 5 – Vocal Leadership to Ensure Completion of Navy Headquarters Project. With the successful build-out of the Navy headquarters, the City will be sending a strong message to Washington that we value the military in San Diego and the defense contractors that have facilities here.”

    A significant contrast between Congressman Bob Filner and Councilmember Carl DeMaio is their views on the Navy Broadway Complex (NBC) and publically owned Waterfront; versus the downtown insiders including CCDC and Manchester who refuse to confirm or deny active faulting from the active Coronado Fault of the active Rose Canyon Fault Zone (RCFZ) under the United States planned Navy’s West Coast Headquarters.

    In 2006, CCDC’s Nancy Graham declared that scientific fault investigations in downtown San Diego were not required for certain projects like sites with liquefiable soils.

    In comparison, with his scientific background including a Bachelors in Chemistry, Congressman Bob Filner was the ONLY government official who requested that the hiding of taxpayer-subsidized scientific evidence be investigated by the local Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

    http://www.tinyurl.com/20090629a

    The same downtown Leaders which back Councilmember DeMaio including CCDC, also refuse to confirm or deny active faulting under the original Convention Center, and Manchester’s planned NFL Stadium on the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal (TAMT). The TAMT has 2 to 3 active faults traversing their project and is within a State-recognized Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zone. It is illegal to build on active faults.

    Officially San Diego has the worst public Infrastructure in American due to the massive amount of Water and Sewer Main breaks. CCDC and the downtown insiders seems to ignore the relationship between downtown San Diego’s failing public infrastructure, streets, and sidewalks and the continuous creeping movement of the active Rose Canyon Fault Zone (RCFZ) which moves approximately one inch every 12 years costing Taxpayers billions in wasted lawsuits and water/sewer main breaks.

    http://dockets.sandiego.gov/sirepub/pubmtgframe.aspx?meetid=1390&doctype=Agenda

    As seen on the Monday January 31, 2012 City Council Closed Session Docket linked above, there are at least 4 negligence lawsuits related to the claim that our public City Sewer system in the North Embarcadero along Pacific Highway is defective.

    “Conference with Legal Counsel – existing litigation, pursuant to California Government Code Section 54956.9(a):
    CS-1 Park Place on Harbor Drive Owners Association v.
    Bosa Development California, Inc., et al. San Diego Superior Court Case No. 37-2009-000099056-CU-CD-CTL (Lead Case). Consolidated with San Diego Superior Court Case No. 37-2010-00094666-CU-CD-CTL and San Diego Superior Court Case No. 37-2010-0099534-CU-PO-CTL). CDCA Assigned: C. Leone.

    Plaintiff filed claims against the City stemming from a 36” main sewer line below Pacific Coast Highway which allegedly has created and continues to create damage by hydrogen sulfide gases from the sewer line into the project causing corrosion of plumbing lines and sewage backups. The City Attorney will update the Mayor and City Council on the status of the litigation.

    CS-2 The Grande South at Santa Fe Place Homeowners Association v. Bosa Development California, Inc., et al. San Diego Superior Court Case No. 37-2009-00102606-CU-CD-CTL. CDCA Assigned: C. Leone.

    Plaintiff filed claims against the City stemming from a 36” main sewer line below Pacific Coast Highway which allegedly has created and continues to create damage by hydrogen sulfide gases from the sewer line into the project causing corrosion of plumbing lines and sewage backups. The City Attorney will update the Mayor and City Council on the status of the litigation.”

  2. D. Morton says:

    This is the quote you are dead wrong about: “Once again, it’s the public-sector unions against the taxpayers…”

    This is the SDGOP’s member comm funders v. Public Unions. Although it makes for great rhetoric, any benefit to the taxpayers that results from the efforts of the former is purely circumstantial. Has been that way for years now.

  3. Brian Brady Brian Brady says:

    “Once again, it’s the public-sector unions against the taxpayers…”

    No. It’s been that way since 1976 when then Governor Brown approved collective bargaining for public sector unions. From whom do government employees need “protection”, their neighbors?

    “This is the SDGOP’s member comm funders v. Public Unions.”

    That’s the most arrogant statement I’ve heard. Two out of three San Diego voters chose to reject the union-/government complex by voting for pension reform. Are you to suggest that those voters were merely “stooges”?

    This is why DeMaio will win. Carl understands that money used FOR government is taken (by force) from free people. As such, he seeks to deliver value for the money taken. Filner sees money taken from taxpayers as a way to buy votes from special interests and public sector union bosses.

    It really is that simple

  4. Mole says:

    Bob Filner can also read polls and kept his powder dry for the primary. He is in the Nov. election. He is not there with just unionists. He has built bridges to many disparate groups ranging from Filipino War Veterans to Export/Import Businesses. He has been at it a long time. Even if Fletcher does not accept his offer he has already used him by presenting himself as the magnanimous extender of the olive branch. Old Bob is a smart old pol.

    Now the question is, “Can Carl DeMaio and his energetic allies continue to drive the issues?” If so, he will probably win. Wisconsin shows what can happen if there is no let up. If not, then the almost grandfatherly socialist Patron glides into the mayors office to continue building a lovely “Havana by the Pacific”.

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