In yet another surprise move, Fletcher returning to Republican Party

Barry Jantz Barry Jantz 18 Comments


Although the official announcement won’t take place until later this week, SD Rostra confirmed today that former Assemblyman and 2012 San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher is returning to the Republican Party.

Fletcher caused a stir by leaving the GOP and registering non-partisan during last year’s mayoral contest, after failing to win the party’s endorsement in the race. Many political watchers believed the move was a strategic gamble to breathe life into his campaign effort. Athough Fletcher received a flurry of notoriety as a result, it ultimately wasn’t enough as he finished third behind Bob Filner and Carl DeMaio in the June primary election.

Yet, the resulting bad blood between Fletcher and local Republican leaders makes the news of his return somewhat of a surprise, if not a complete shock.

Discussions between Fletcher and the GOP have taken place for several weeks, Rostra confirmed. Although neither Fletcher nor San Diego Republican Party Chairman Tony Krvaric confirmed the information directly, they both refused to deny it.

However, those close to Fletcher and Krvaric did confirm the story. “Fletcher is mulling a possible run against Mayor Bob Filner in 2016 and wants the party’s backing,” said local GOP activist Brian Kelly.

He also said that later this week Fletcher would release a strategic document with a Republican theme, entitled “Road Map to Repentance.”

For those reading this on Tuesday, please note it was posted Monday.

Now move along, there’s nothing to see here. Have a great week!


Comments 18

  1. Barry, I earlier noted the April Fools aspect of your story on John Dadian’s website, and elsewhere. Your Jedi mind tricks don’t work on ME, boy!

    But I STILL like the [bogus] assertion that Fletcher is issuing his “Road Map to Repentance.” THAT’s funny!

  2. Funny! Someone should compile the local April Fool’s spoofs.

    The OB Rag had a doozy: Manchester buys Padres, changes name:

    East County Magazine had several. Our most popular:

    Movie studio, amusement park to replace Grossmont Center:

    Backcountry towns secede from County, create ultimately wildlife preserve:

    ECM acquires surveillance drone:


  3. Red Ryder, Red Ryder is a take off on Red Rover, Red Rover which was a kids game of years gone by. At recess boys and girls in opposing lines about 40 to 50 feet apart locked arms, chose someone to start who then would shout out, “Red Rover, Red Rover send Red Ryder, Big Bertha or whoever over. If that person picked a weak spot and crashed through the line, preferably sending others flailing about, the runner then picked someone from the opposing side to take back to join his side. In the event he was hung up he had to join the other side. Then the other team had their turn. There were bruises, scratches, wrenching, etc. No one ever thought of quitting much less defecting to the other side. In an era when even tag is considered taboo Red Rover Red Rover is considered just plain violent. Someone might get hurt. Just not pc. Maybe a Hop Scotch or Tiddly Wink tournament where everyone got an award would be more appropriate.

  4. Mole, yes, we understand the game and your reference. The Huh? was an aloud wonder if Erl knew the above post was a joke.

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