Republican Party Chairman Tony Krvaric has taken a keen interest in who is communicating for Nathan Fletcher.
On Thursday, Krvaric tweeted to Rachel Laing: “Just to be transparent, you’re now advocating for Nathan Fletcher in a paid capacity, right?”
Laing recently left Mayor Jerry Sanders to take a job as communications director at Public Policy Strategies. Tom Shepard, who is running Fletcher’s campaign, is listed as a strategic advisor at Public Policy Strategies. He works in the same office, running Tom Shepard & Associates.
The Republican Party recently endorsed Carl DeMaio, one of Fletcher’s opponents for San Diego Mayor. Shortly after the endorsement, Krvaric switched his Twitter avatar to a DeMaio campaign flyer.
“I work for Phil Rath at Public Policy Strategies. Tom has his own comms director, as does Nathan’s campaign,” Laing tweeted to Krvaric, who pushed back.
“I heard @NathanFletcher’s comm’s director @AmyJane12 actually works for @AssemblyDems leader @SpeakerPerez. Is that true?” he tweeted.
The party chairman then sent a similar tweet to Amy Thoma, Fletcher’s deputy campaign manager:
“I was told today that you are actually on @speakerperez payroll – not @nathanfletcher. Is that true?”
Fletcher responded, signing his tweet with his initials:
“@TonyKrvaric takes an awfully big man to attack my staff. as usual your facts are competently wrong. NF #bigman #embarrassment”
On Saturday, Krvaric sent an email to Tony Manolatos, who handles communications for Rostra, asking him if he was working for Fletcher.
Manolatos does some work for Tom Shepard and Associates and for Public Policy Strategies, but he is not working for Fletcher or his campaign.
The same day, the very liberal Lucas O’Connor accused Manolatos of working for Krvaric and DeMaio.
It’s going to be an ugly eight weeks!