Posts Tagged ‘San Diego Mayor’s race’
Last fall, given the amount of public and private property that Occupy Wall Street burned, destroyed and even defecated on, I began to wonder anew if there were any forms of vandalism to which the left objected. Alas, Lilygate provided a silver lining. Whatever the intent of the water fighting revelers, some of them destroyed a source of civic pride (the lily pond) within a larger source of civic pride (Balboa Park). The silver lining? It upset citizens of all political stripes. I found this strangely heartening. I gather that it even upset one of the founders the Congressional Progressive Caucus–a left wing Congressman running for Mayor.
It started at last week’s debate at the Institute of the Americas. Filner ignorantly called out Councilmember DeMaio for not having a diverse staff. Of course, out of a staff of seven, two are Hispanic and two are Asian-American. One of these individuals is his Chief of Staff. As someone who has been perpetually running for office since 1979, Filner knows the importance of the Chief of Staff position. As his zany buddy Joe Biden would say, it is a “big effing deal.”
San Diego Politics & Media Mashup
Republican Carl DeMaio has hired a Democrat and Democrat Bob Filner is on board with pension reform.
Who spiked the water in San Diego?
Relax. There’s no need to panic. The water is clean…I mean drinkable. So why are we seeing New Carl and New Bob popping up in stories?
Here’s the thing — election season is nearly in full swing and DeMaio and Filner, the two men running to become San Diego’s next mayor, have to figure out how to appeal to the middle in order to come out on top in November. In San Diego, 40 percent of registered voters are Democrats and 28 percent are registered Republican.
I’m grateful for the support of Steve Francis. I look forward to working with Steve and all who support real reform so that we can finally get City Hall positioned to get San Diegans back to work.
We’re building a broad coalition of taxpayers, business leaders, and fiscal reformers who know that it takes more than rhetoric to effectively lead San Diego, create jobs and move our city forward.
While it is well known that Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio is hated by organized labor and certain elements of the downtown San Diego establishment, as of two weeks ago nobody in the downtown establishment had publicly come forward to attack DeMaio. That changed when one of the major downtown ring leaders, Fred Maas, was quoted in Voice of San Diego, proactively letting the world know how he was going to dish out the dirt on DeMaio (while oddly forecasting that he may not have any dirt).
If you haven’t read it yet, it really is a must read.
San Diego Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio now has a virtual version of himself.
Virtual Carl is in a virtual office taking your questions. They’re actually his questions. In other words, if you don’t ask a question from a pre-set list Virtual Carl stands there and stares at you. I asked Virtual Carl who came up with this idea? No response. I then asked what he thinks of mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher. Again, no response.
Only two of the top four candidates even showed up — Nathan Fletcher and Bob Filner. Kudos to them for showing up. As for Carl DeMaio and Bonnie Dumanis, their no-shows were disappointing.
OB Rag wrote:
UPDATE: The San Diego Union-Tribune has its own story, posted a couple of hours after VOSD — the UT gave credit to VOSD. The story’s second graf says the firing means Dumanis is having a rough time:
The move indicates a rocky start for Dumanis as she competes with fellow Republicans — City Councilman Carl DeMaio and state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher — for endorsements and campaign donations. Democratic Congressman Bob Filner is also running.
Carl DeMaio’s candidacy for Mayor of San Diego is exciting to me as a member of the Tea Party. (And no, there is no official membership, it is a matter of self identification.) He has taken aggressive stands to bring spending under control in San Diego, and gained my personal gratitude for his work against Proposition D. Further, by consolidating an effort to get a single pension reform proposition on the ballot, he has shown the ability to work with more establishment Republicans to achieve important Tea Party goals. The Voice of San Diego’s Liam Dillon says this about him: