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San Diego Executives Move To The Middle

Aired 4/25/12 on KPBS News.

They’re socially liberal, fiscally conservative, and they say they’re going independent. A group of San Diego business executives is calling for political moderation.

— They’re socially liberal, fiscally conservative, and they say they’re going independent. A group of San Diego business executives is calling for political moderation.

The logo for the newly formed group Movement To The Middle. The group is advo...

Above: The logo for the newly formed group Movement To The Middle. The group is advocating for a moderate approach to politics.

The group of nearly 40 business execs is launching a coalition called Movement to the Middle. It’s meant to provide a political outlet for what organizers are calling an alienated majority of moderate voters.

Qualcomm Executive Vice President Peggy Johnson summed up the questions the group believes many moderates have.

"Can I not be an environmentalist and a Republican? Can I not support lower taxes and be a Democrat? If I’m a pro-choice, fiscal conservative who supports significant pension reform, what party do I belong to?" she asked rhetorically at a press conference today.

Organizers said the inspiration for their group was mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher leaving the Republican Party and running as an independent. Several of the executives have changed their registration to decline-to-state. The group said it’s in its infancy and is still figuring out how it will operate in the future.

Scott Dickey, CEO of the sports-media firm Competitor Group, Inc., said Movement to the Middle is, "a grassroots coalition of business and community leaders motivated to overcome the current lack of productivity in today's political system by pressing for compromise, moderate thinking and solutions, in the name of one word: progress."

The group formed in the last 10 days, he said. The business leaders are "not totally homogenous," but share space in the middle against fringe rhetoric and party dogma, Dickey said. He decried "partisan gamesmanship" at all levels of government.

Dan Shea, president and CEO of Donovan's Restaurants, said their purpose is not to "condemn all Democrats and all Republicans."

"To the political establishment, I say: Have an adult conversation. Understand that it takes cooperation," said Shea.

Reaction from some of Fletcher's opponents in the mayor's race was swift.

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said in a statement:

“In this race for mayor, no candidate has injected more partisanship than Nathan Fletcher. This is the latest scene in his contrived political soap opera after losing the Republican Party’s endorsement.

“The real issues facing the city are schools teetering on the edge of a state takeover, a local unemployment rate that is back on the rise, and a big tax hike from Sacramento in November.

“As District Attorney I make independent decisions every day based on the law and the right thing to do, not any political party. As mayor, I’ll continue to make the tough decisions based on what’s best for all San Diegans."

And Councilman Carl DeMaio had this response (also in a statement):

"Today State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher’s masterful gamesmanship continued as he attempted to use his millionaire campaign backers to make the case for his independence. Ironically, the wealthy downtown insiders featured at the press conference are the same people who have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to his Super PAC.

“I think the question is not why are a bunch of millionaire backers joining their hand-picked Mayoral candidate in an election year ploy. Didn’t we all see that coming? But will Democrat voters be fooled by a politician who just last month proudly said he voted for ‘voted for an all-cuts budget, not one that reduced welfare but one that eliminated it,’” said DeMaio.

Instead of creating front groups to back his campaign, Nathan Fletcher should focus on doing the job he was elected to do and talking about real solutions for San Diego."

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 25, 2012 at 3:46 p.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

Seems to me like Dirty Carl and Bonnie are jealous.

Anyone have a tiny-tiny wee violin we can play for them?

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 26, 2012 at 2 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

Any San Diegans interested in our mayoral race must read this piece I read today in CityBeat.

Dirty Carl is so foul, so corrupt, so bad for our city, that CityBeat, ahead of them endorsing someone for mayor, felt compelled to address why they **won't** be endorsing the morally bankrupt Filthy DeMaio.

There are SOOOO many reasons not to vote for this political charlatan that CityBeat constructed an a-z catalogue documenting the reasons in alphabetical order.

All I have to say is *BRAVO* to CityBeat for putting out Creepy Carl's exploits in a chronological fashion for all San Diegans to read.

Dirty Carl had positioned himself as a successful politician **not** by representing his constituents, but rather by cultivating relationships with key interests that help prop him up as their puppet.

Namely, two of he most powerful media outlets in San Diego have fingered Dirty Carl as their boy, their hack, their heir-apparent rubber stamp cronie whose ample bottom planted firmly in a certainly steel-reinforced mayor's seat would give them both a tentacle into city hall with which they would be able to slide their far right agendas directly into the city's political g-spot and manipulate their way to special treatment from a docile and very willing bought-and-sold DeMaio.

These two exploitive media outlets are:

(1) *KUSI: news for the small minded* a joke of a local news station which is so blatantly biased, and so blatantly pro-DeMaio, it's as jaundiced as a hepatic event triggered by decades of swigging the swill of poison known as anthropogenic climate change denial (cue the twirling, Flat Earth, aged weatherman with the raspy voice John Coleman who holds **no** science degree) and obedient submission to the local GOP bosses who dictate all reporting and editorial comment

(2) The *Pravda UT*, a print media outlet so biased and so unprofessional that I actually overheard two men on the street referring to it as the *"San Diego Urinal". Quite appropriate considering urine is the color yellow and the *Pravda UT* is an entity that puts out nothing but yellow-colored waste not fit for anything other than disposal in the bowels of our city. This joke of a media outlet was well regarded nationally as a laughing-stock mouthpiece for the local GOP bosses, but once shanty developer cum homophobic political activist cum mistress keeping slime-bag cum divorcee cum journalism molester Papa Manchester bought it, it became an unreal piece of garbage most people wouldn't even line a bird's cage with. Without surprise, Papa Puke fingered the ready and willing DeMaio for his boy at city hall. His boy who will listen to his Papa Doug. His boy who knows Papa Doug's favors aren't for free.

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Peking_Duck_SD | April 26, 2012 at 2:01 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

DeMaio is a gay man who has aligned himself with our city's most homophobic parasites because his number one goal is his own political career, and nothing else matters.

By the way, one shameful action that CityBeat did not inlude would be classifev under "T" for "text messaging" as in Dirty Carl's texing, taking phone calls, and eventually walking out in the middle of a funeral for a fallen police officer!!

I have rarely been as vomitingly-induced repulsed over a public official as I am with hideous Carl DeMaio.

If this twit becomes our mayor, I will have to move, he **is** THAT bad!

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Studying_Nomad | April 26, 2012 at 11:09 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

Don't worry, Fletcher owns this race.

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SanDiegoModerate | April 28, 2012 at 12:41 p.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

So, the Corporate Republicans are throwing out the religious conservatives with the trash, after having used and manipulated them for decades in order to enact their "drown the government in the bathtub" Grover Norquist policies so that they could get rich off of tax payer money, unregulated and rigged markets. Isn't this what the 99% movement is about? The 1%ers are in both parties and in San Diego Fletcher is their puppet.

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