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Filner Leads DeMaio In New Poll, Former Democratic Chair Joins DeMaio Campaign

Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, edged out Councilman Carl DeMaio, his opponent in the San Diego mayor's race, in a poll released today.

The poll, conducted by Fairbanks, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates of Santa Monica, showed Filner with the support of 40 percent of the voters who live within the boundaries of the San Diego Unified School District to DeMaio's 32 percent, with the remainder undecided.

The poll was taken between June 28 and July 2, and it wasn't made clear why the results weren't released earlier. The poll outcome was included in a news release by a group that backs the congressman.

"Despite being outspent and out-advertised by his general election opponent in the run-up to the June 5 primary, Filner's longstanding record of service in San Diego and his closer alignment to the values held by voters who will cast ballots in the November 6 presidential election provide him a significant advantage in the runoff,'' said Evan McLaughlin, a spokesman for the San Diegans for Bob Filner for Mayor 2012 committee.

The group says the poll's 400 respondents roughly mirror the party registration they expect in November -- 42 percent Democratic, 29 percent Republican and 29 percent declining to state or preferring another party.

Since the respondents live in SDUSD territory, strongholds for both candidates were excluded.

Students in San Diego's South Bay, where Filner has been the congressional representative for two decades, attend schools in the San Ysidro School District and Sweetwater Union High School District, among others.

Youngsters in a large portion of DeMaio's council district attend class in the Poway Unified School District.

In other news in the mayor's race, Art Castanares, a Democratic consultant and former chairman of the San Diego County Democratic Party, has joined DeMaio's campaign to give advice on communications and coalition outreach.

"While there are things Carl and I see differently, Carl has the right leadership abilities and vision for the future of San Diego,'' Castanares said.

DeMaio said, if elected, his administration will reflect all San Diegans-- regardless of party affiliation, community or socio-economic background.

Also today, Filner offered former candidate Nathan Fletcher a position in his administration to oversee major civic projects, which could include expansion of the San Diego Convention Center. He made the offer while serving as guest host the morning show on radio station KCBQ-AM.

Fletcher, an outgoing assemblyman, left the Republican Party to become an independent after failing to secure the county GOP endorsement, which went to DeMaio. He finished third in the June 5 primary.

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laplayaheritage | July 30, 2012 at 3:07 p.m. ― 2 years, 2 months ago

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stevefromsacto | July 30, 2012 at 7:02 p.m. ― 2 years, 2 months ago

"Carl has the right leadership abilities and vision for the future of San Diego."

Sorry you've lost yours, Art.

Guess you weren't listening to Sinko before the primary, when he showed his true colors.

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Peking_Duck_SD | July 30, 2012 at 9:02 p.m. ― 2 years, 2 months ago

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Peking_Duck_SD | July 30, 2012 at 9:11 p.m. ― 2 years, 2 months ago

*"DeMaio said, if elected, his administration will reflect all San Diegans-- regardless of party affiliation, community or socio-economic background."*

What a joke.

In all his years in politics, DeMaio has been bitterly partisan and has refused to even *speak* to people who are Democrats.

(I know someone who met DeMaio and he asked if they were Republican or Democrat. When she said Democrat, Mr. DeMaio walked away from her without speaking another word to her).

Anyone who thinks a DeMaio administration would be anything other than a partisan, closed-door/back room good 'ol boy network for the rich power elite like Manchester is not in their right mind.

DeMaio is supported by and funded by right wing millionaires.

These people want payback for their support.

A mayor DeMaio will be working solely for these people, **not** the average citizen of the city of San Diego.

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Missionaccomplished | July 31, 2012 at 8:31 a.m. ― 2 years, 2 months ago

So Castroneda is changing his party affiliation?

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llk | July 31, 2012 at 9:17 a.m. ― 2 years, 2 months ago

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llk | July 31, 2012 at 10:21 a.m. ― 2 years, 2 months ago

I'm sorry, did I violate the usage agreement somehow? I merely pointed out Peking_Duck_SD's violation. Is that a violation in itself?

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Peking_Duck_SD | July 31, 2012 at 10:35 a.m. ― 2 years, 2 months ago

As stated in my comment that was deleted, this doesn't pass the smell test.

Something is in it for Castanares if DeMaio is elected mayor.

Money, business opportunities, cushy gig at city hall, who knows, but some kind of good 'ol boy deal was made here.

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Outside2view | July 31, 2012 at 12:02 p.m. ― 2 years, 2 months ago

The Political money machine might be wise to look at the 2010 gubernatorial election when Californians were not "bought" by the millions expended by the losing candidate.

Californians are different. I hope that here the issues matter more than the money, but brace yourself for some very, very heavy spending.

Good ridance to Castaneras, better not to have someone that shallow in the Democractic Party.

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llk | July 31, 2012 at 1:59 p.m. ― 2 years, 2 months ago

"Shallow?" Sounds like a personal attack to me, which is a violation of our Community Discussion rules. KPBS, can you please go ahead and remove Outside2view's entire message? Great, thanks!!!!

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koicentral | July 31, 2012 at 4:23 p.m. ― 2 years, 2 months ago

A poll taken a month ago is new??? Four days to poll and 28 to report. Sounds like the release might be timed to coincide with some other big event. Let's see now, what could that be? Maybe a judge's ruling on what 66% of ALL the voters want?

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