It’s dirty tricks time folks, and it should surprise nobody that San Diego’s Lincoln Club is funding it. These are the rich guys downtown who’d be really happy if America’s Finest City turned into a little Trumpian fiefdom. All that voting, tree hugging, and social justice stuff simply get in the way of their personal greed.
Today’s ratf*cking comes at the expense of District 4 Supervisor candidate Nathan Fletcher, who is (mis)characterized in a mailer as a pro-NRA kind of guy. This KPBS article explains why the accusation doesn’t hold water.
This just happens to be the same message Mickey Kasparian’s rump labor PAC is sending to voters. And it’s the same messaging Supervisorial candidate Lori Saldaña was pushing in social media.
Let’s see… Republicans, the Working Families Council (sorry to hear about the Teamsters leaving), and Democratic candidate Lori Saldana all working together…
Isn’t that just special? Who would approve of that…maybe Bonnie Dumanis, the GOP candidate with the whiff of corruption over her campaign?
This isn’t about Democracy folks. It’s about revenge, pure and simple.
People associated with the Lincoln Club paid for polling in early 2017, showing that certain messaging could drive down voter enthusiasm for Fletcher, who hadn’t declared yet, but was the odds-on favorite candidate of Democrats.
The local GOP hierarchy simply hates the fact that Fletcher left the party, and has become a Democrat with the fervor of the newly converted.
The Lincoln Club folks shared that information with the candidate with the “most progressive voting record.” She’s been angry with the Democratic party for putting their thumb on the scale in the 2012 primary contest for Scott Peters.
Then Mickey Kasparian bolted from the San Diego & Imperial Counties Central Labor Council as the national AFL-CIO put the group into receivership. The then-president took a few unions and staffers with him and founded the Working Families Council.
The lawsuits filed by various women alleging bad behavior on the part of Mickey Kasparian are settled and sealed, and he’s reportedly anxious to return to his former role as a kingmaker in local politics.
The Central Labor Council has emerged from double-secret probation with all Kasparian’s foes in the catbird’s seat and they’re backing Nathan Fletcher for Supervisor.
The Lincoln Club loathes Nathan Fletcher.
Mickey Kasparian loathes the Labor Council, which has endorsed Nathan Fletcher.
Lori Saldana loathes Nathan Fletcher because he’s the Democrats’ golden boy.
You, the voter, are supposed to see all these confusing mailers and get discouraged from casting a ballot. That’s what the Lincoln Club did to City Councilman David Alvarez–portray him as some kind of (brown, wink, wink) gangster a few years back.
Don’t fall for it. There are three Democratic candidates in this race–including Fletcher–who have not made a pact with the devil. Vote for one of them.
(The San Diego Free Press has endorsed Omar Passon for District 4 Supervisor.)
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