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View Diary: Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Once a GOP rising star, Nathan Fletcher joins the Democrats (46 comments)

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  •  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.

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