Former Republican lends his support to Democrat’s campaign for Congress
State Assemblyman and former San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher announced in a press conference this afternoon that he was formally endorsing Democrat Scott Peters in his bid to unseat incumbent Republican Brian Bilbray in the race for the 52nd Congressional District seat in San Diego.
“I believe Scott will be a better representative and a better member of Congress” than Brian Bilbray, Fletcher said.
Asked why, as a former Republican, he wasn’t endorsing the Republican in the race, Fletcher said “You have to look at the candidates and make a determination. I live in this district, so who do I want to represent me? Who do I feel would be a better and more effective member of Congress? I think Scott brings an approach that is more bipartisan. He brings an approach that is more focused on solutions, and I think he brings a willingness to sit down and negotiate in good faith, and be willing to do the right thing.”
“This race is not going to be decided by Republicans or the partisan Democrats, it’s going to be decided by people who, like most San Diegans, are not the most partisan people, but they just expect a government that works,” said Peters. “I’d like to think that folks like Nathan and me are the kind who would sit down and work through problems, compromise, and do it proudly in order to get something done.”
Fletcher said that he thought his endorsement would speak to people “who look at Washington D.C. and gets frustrated. Everyone that looks at rampant partisanship and gets frustrated. Everyone that looks at an environment where they can’t solve a problem and says can’t we do better, those are the people who need to look at Scott Peters.”
“I hope that all San Diegans in this Congressional district, regardless of party, will give him a look and look at his track record and what he stands for.”