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Assemblyman Fletcher Leaves GOP, Turns Independent in Mayor Race

Nathan Fletcher says he's "been struggling" with the decision for some time.

Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher announced Wednesday that he is leaving the Republican Party and will register as an independent.

In a video to supporters, the San Diego mayoral candidate said it's a decision he's "been struggling with for some time."

"In my heart, I believe it's what's right and what best reflects my values," Fletcher said. "I also believe it's what's right for our city moving forward."

Fletcher—who is running in the mayoral race against San Diego Councilman Carl DeMaio, Rep. Bob Filner and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis—also speaks about his competition in the video.

"I'll be an independent mayor to get things done," he said.

Fletcher has represented the 75th Assembly District—which includes La Jolla, Rancho Bernardo and Poway—since 2008.

Watch the video above.

LaPlaya Heritage March 28, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Fletcher created Chelsea's law in Sacramento without a source of funding. Congressman Filner is more than just a Democrat. Bob Filner actually brings in new sources of Federal funding into San Diego specifically for Veterans and their families. Congressman Filner fought for the new G.I. Bill through cooperation and coalitions formed with Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. http://democrats.veterans.house.gov/news/PRArticle.aspx?NewsID=671 Congressman Bob Filner Applauds Administration’s Plan to Provide Assistance to Homeless Veterans. “During my tenure as Chairman of the Committee, addressing the problem of homelessness among our nation’s veterans was a top priority of mine, and I will continue to work closely with President Obama to realize our goal to end veteran homelessness by 2015,” stated Filner. “The challenge is immense, but the progress we have made so far is encouraging.”. Filner was especially pleased to see that San Diego is slated to receive $1.2 million for 150 grants. “San Diego has been in the forefront of exploring innovative ideas to end the problem of homelessness, and these grants will certainly help. I am hopeful that the lessons we are learning on how best to address veterans’ homelessness will enable us to tackle the challenge of homelessness for all of our citizens.”.
Clariece Tally March 28, 2012 at 06:52 PM
I suppose Filner is a good idea if you only look at part of his picture. The reality is Filner is a hard core, union backed, walks the party line, Democrat. Fletcher on the other hand is the future for the Republican Party. Oh wait. Nate's gone from the party. Along with what I hope are hoardes of other logical thinking Republicans. The Republican Party of today doesn't represent the majority of its membership and hasn't for a long time. The GOP certainly doesn't allow for any thinking outside the box and both parties have lost the ability to reach across any aisle - except to smack the other side. The problem is - we can't defect from the GOP or we're locked out of the presidential primaries. When the GOP endorsed Carl DeMaio it once again showed how out of touch with reality the group is (we're still recovering from Palin and an assortment of other oddities). DeMaio is contentious, plays fast and loose with figures, and works off a platform that divides rather than brings people and real discussion to the table. I believe true social and fiscal conservatives are more in line with the Independent Party than anything our local GOP keeps endorsing. So to our local GOP, keep it up and we might as well just hand the elections over to the other party of extremes - the Democrats. And it will happen over and over and over again.

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