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DeMaio Draws Support From The Middle

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Above: Republican Councilman and San Diego Mayoral Candidate, Carl DeMaio held a news conference today to announce he’s creating a bipartisan job creation coalition made up of people from across the political spectrum. KPBS Metro Reporter Katie Orr says that includes several members from a group called Movement To the Middle, which was created during the primaries.

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Republican City Councilman and San Diego mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio held a news conference today to announce he’s creating a bipartisan job creation coalition made up of people from across the political spectrum. That includes several members from a group called Movement To the Middle, which was created during the primaries.

— Republican City Councilman and San Diego mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio held a news conference today to announce he’s creating a bipartisan job creation coalition made up of people from across the political spectrum. That includes several members from a group called Movement to the Middle, which was created during the primaries.

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At the news conference, DeMaio was surrounded by Democrats, Republicans and independents, including businessman Scott Dickey. Dickey was one of the founding members of Movement To The Middle, which originally supported Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher during the mayoral primary.

The group stressed corporation and civil politics. And Dickey said he believes DeMaio will fit that mold as mayor, despite criticism that DeMaio can be polarizing.

"His role on City Council was about pushing the limits and making the rest of his colleagues really think about alternative solutions," Dickey said. "So he had to break a little glass along the way."

DeMaio says that around two-thirds of the members of Movement to the Middle have endorsed him, including some Democrats. He said as mayor he would listen to all sides and work with everyone to implement ideas without regard for party label.

"In my administration, everyone will be welcome,'' DeMaio said. "Everyone will be around the table, Democrat, Republican and independent.''

But while some members of Movement To The Middle are now supporting DeMaio, Fletcher may be on the verge of backing Democrat Congressman Bob Filner for mayor.

"I think he wants to stay in public service and I hope that he can help me when I’m mayor," Filner said. "We’re talking about (an) endorsement, but that’s a timing issue."

Christina Di Leva, a spokeswoman for Fletcher, says Fletcher hasn't committed to any endorsements.

Filner dismissed the endorsement of DeMaio by some members of Movement To The Middle. Filner said the endorsements were "amazing'' considering the group's original positions.

"The Move to the Middle has taken a sharp U-turn to the extreme right,'' Filner said.

He said DeMaio ridiculed the group when it came out in support of Fletcher, who failed to make the runoff election.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Comments

Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | September 21, 2012 at 9:43 a.m. ― 1 year, 11 months ago

Sorry Carl, my dear, but having a staged news conference with some token Democrats by your side does not make you "bi-partisan".

It's about POLICY, sir.

Your POLICY stances are far right, period.

Just like Willard R. having token Latino politicians speak at his convention can't cover-up his anti-Latino policy stances, Carl's staged publicity stunts trying to con middle-of-the-road voters can't cover up the fact that he is a right-wing partisan who favors plutocracy for the rich and a "good 'ol boy" network of of pro big developer hacks running city hall.

What a glorious night in November it will be when President Obama is elected to a second term and Bob Filner is elected San Diego mayor.

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Missionaccomplished | September 21, 2012 at 10:21 a.m. ― 1 year, 11 months ago

Filner has not been correct on all issues--and some were just too uncritical of Clinton, but I will say this, he has ALWAYS replied to letters and e-mails, whether he is in agreement or not.

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laplayaheritage | September 21, 2012 at 6:33 p.m. ― 1 year, 11 months ago

At the late-April 2012 news conference announcing the formation of "Move To The Middle," "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.

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“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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