Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Congressman Bob Filner, candidate for mayor of San Diego.
Congressman Bob Filner, who will advance to the November general election against City Councilman Carl DeMaio, told KPBS today he will ask for the endorsement of the third place finisher, state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher.
"I talked to Nathan today, we're going to get together next week, I'm going to ask for his endorsement, and we're going to see if we can get the vast majority of his supporters," Filner said.
Filner earned the second most votes in yesterday's election, 30 percent to DeMaio's 32 percent. He said he expects to pick up many of Fletcher's and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis' supporters in the general election.
"Personally, and I know it's true for Mr. Fletcher, he and Mr. DeMaio did not get along," Filner said. "His supporters felt that hostility and I'm not sure they could vote for Mr. DeMaio."
Filner joked repeatedly during the campaign about offering Fletcher a job in his administration, and he said today he hopes for an alliance in the future.
"I think he was a very good candidate, obviously someone who has a real future," Filner said. "I would like to help him become a more progressive candidate and join our administration."
At a Wednesday morning press conference, Fletcher told reporters he does not know yet if he will make an endorsement.
In the morning following their mayoral primary victory, DeMaio and Filner hit the airwaves to begin campaigning again.
On KPBS Midday Edition, Filner said he’ll use common sense to win over voters who supported either Fletcher or Dumanis.
"These are voters who I don’t think are ideological," he said. "These are voters who aren’t tied to one party or the other. And as they say, potholes know no party."
Filner said he’s the most prepared and qualified candidate who has ever run for San Diego mayor. He said he’s already gearing up for the run-off and expects the race to draw national attention.
DeMaio told Fox 5 San Diego his agenda draws support from all political parties and he wants to bring people together.