The GOP didn’t reject Fletcher, it embraced DeMaio

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By Jason Cabel Roe

Originally posted on FlashReport on April 2

If it weren’t for the Republican Party, we would not even know who Nathan Fletcher is.

That’s right, the political party he abandoned last week after 15 years of professional association; the one that provided the structure and opportunities for a politically ambitious young man to learn the system; the one that gave him the identity and resources to run and win a seat in the State Assembly; the one that put him in position today to be a leading candidate for mayor in the 8th largest city in America; and the one that put him in a position of prominence such that his quitting actually mattered to anyone.

Read the entire piece here at the FlashReport.


Comments 6

  1. Mr. Roe’s tone – more in sorrow than in anger – is a refreshing change of pace. Win or lose for Mayor, Mr. Fletcher has dynamited the bridges to his former Republican colleagues, and by so doing, blocked himself from winning a State office some day .

  2. Perhaps like the seven stages I am now in anger. I really could care less that Nathan left. What irritates me right now is that he is feeding the narrative that the liberal national press is LOVING right now that the conservative movement is broken, that it doesn’t care about governing and that you can not get things done if you are in it.

    I breathlessly await the national news corp to jump all over themselves the next time a democrat leaves his/her party #crickets

  3. Sacramento Sam –

    Judging by the number of state offices we currently hold (ZERO, ZIP, ZILCH, NADA), I don’t think he has much to lose at that level. Some may even say that he has a better chance when not anchored by the brand we have created.

    Fletcher is a symptom of a larger problem that needs to be addressed in real and meaningful way, because the current political philosophies and tactics continues to fail us each election cycle.

  4. Sacramento Sam,

    Picture a future statewide race for an open seat. How many Democrats do you see running in the primary? How many Republicans? Remember that this will be an open primary in which the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, will advance to the general election. After the multitude of Democrats split the Democratic vote and the Republicans do the same on their side, don’t you think that a strong independent candidate would have a very good chance of finishing in the top two?

  5. Alger – one word. No. Because at most 2 dems and probably 1 Rep. Few statewide races have more.

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