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  •  Fletcher's Statement (5+ / 0-)

    Fletcher's very long statement on his party switch is rather entertaining. He was definitely anguished to come out of the closet...as a Democrat.

    http://www.snappac.org/ Students for a New American Politics!

    by redrelic17 on Tue May 07, 2013 at 05:16:56 AM PDT

    •  Fletcher is and was Pete Wilson's boy (1+ / 0-)
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      Pete Wilson came down from LA to headline a fundraiser for Fletcher.  Fletcher did Wilson's bidding in the infamous after-midnight budget deal which passed the California state budget in exchange for an raising the cap on redevelopment (aka money laundering to the Wilson gang) by a billion dollars.  The Wilson gang doesn't care if you are democratic or republican - only whether you deliver votes on issues that make money for them.

      There is really no party loyalty in San Diego past a handful of true believers on both sides. It is whatever is politically expedient, particularly since the population has always been wishy-washy when it comes to the commons.  With the city and even the county going democratic, it was a move based on pragmatism by Fletcher.  Not any overarching ideology.

      •  Folks need to... (0+ / 0-)

        keep an eye on Fletcher.  He's likely to stay embedded in the Dem party for a while, since it is the way the wind blows here in Cali unless you represent one of the wingnut districts.  Fletcher is just 36, clearly ambitious as all hell (as is his wife), and wouldn't be making this announcement when going "private" for a stretch unless he still wants to land back in politics in a major way.  Qualcomm, connected... he'll fit right in with the Corporate Dems like DiFi who still hold major power in the State.

        He's also a California Baptist University boy, so we also need to keep an eye out for him landing in a Dem congressional district some place and turning into a pain in the ass Blue Dog.  Where ever deep in the bowels of Kos Central the list is kept of folks we need to watch out for when they raise their ugly heads, Fletcher's name needs to get added to that list.

    •  Nathan Fletcher was the only Republican (2+ / 0-)
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      to vote for the California DISCLOSE Act last year. He then became an Independent.

      A bill that would have given California voters more insight into the funding of political advertisements in the post-Citizens United era of unlimited spending by shadowy independent groups has failed to pass the state Assembly due to nearly unanimous opposition from GOP legislators....

      The bill was a mere two votes shy of securing the two-thirds super-majority needed to make it though the Assembly. It had the support of every Democrat in the chamber, save for Stockton's Cathleen Gelgiani. The only Republican to not oppose the bill or abstain from voting on it was Nathan Fletcher of San Diego. Link

      The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

      by ybruti on Tue May 07, 2013 at 07:43:42 AM PDT

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    •  Ah, yes... today's Democratic Party (1+ / 0-)
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      where Republicans feel right at home when they can no longer stand the cigar chomping red-neck yahoos that have taken over the Republican party.

      "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

      by Orinoco on Tue May 07, 2013 at 08:01:07 AM PDT

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