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  •  I'm a little worried (2+ / 0-)
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    AaronInSanDiego, Ian Reifowitz

    that Alvarez could suffer a voter backlash if Faulconer turns the campaign into a referendum on Filner, linking his actions to the Democrats as a whole. But if the Fletcher voters go ahead and support Alvarez that shouldn't be a problem it looks like (I'm still waking up so haven't fully digested the numbers).

    There's only one rule that I know of, babies -- goddammit, you've got to be kind. -- Kurt Vonnegut

    by Cali Scribe on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 09:36:28 AM PST

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    •  Alvarez will suffer backlash... (1+ / 0-)
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      Ian Reifowitz

      Remember - the same Dems who got those Lincoln Club attack mailers also got the AFT attack mailers. Comparing the two: LC attacked Fletcher mostly on party switch and voting record. AFT went the fallacy route and attacked character and connections.

      LC's attacks were annoying, but AFT's attacks were petty and divisive and indicted the voters along with the candidate for playing the "real Democrat vs faux Democrat" game.

      Remember, too: Faulconer (at least) attempted to distance himself from the mud-slinging by admonishing guys like Tony Krvaric, while Alvarez didn't distance himself from the IEs at all (at least publicly).

      Faulconer has a new campaign manager this time around - a much more "high road" guy than Manolatos, so it looks like his camp will be much more focused on the issues than the personal attacks.

      I expect Faulconer to target Alvarez's inexperience above all else. Secondarily, he'll go after the fact that the same contingent of Dems propping up Alvarez are the same "due process" Dems that stood by Filner. It'll be a dog whistle to the Dems who leaned Fletcher over Alvarez for that reason, and it just may work. Depends on how above-the-board he stays.

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