Normally I feel somewhat obligated to fact check posts by “mouth of the local gop” Mr. Murphy. So I did some calling around about the San Diego Mayor’s race. Turns out Murphy is correct: it sounds like Dumanis and Filner are in the race. To Filner first: if he runs, and he is the only Democrat, he is pretty much assured a spot in the run off. Easy.
The Dumanis entry is more interesting I think. I’d heard over and over that Dumanis and Mayor Sanders were going to support Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher for the Mayor’s seat. Fletcher, instead of Councilman Faulconer, had become the downtown establishment choice. Now I hear that Dumanis has decided to run, and that Sanders and his former chief of staff Kris Michel, are backing the DA for the job. Making it more complicated I hear that Fletcher has hired Sanders’ consultant Tom Shepard! I’ve also got to give Fletcher some credit: I bet I made half a dozen calls or emails on this topic and every one of them said the same thing, that Fletcher has been on the phone talking day in and day out making sure that everyone knows that he is in the race to stay. This wasn’t the best week for him politically, but sometimes these things go to the ones that work the hardest.