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Jacobs Endorses DeMaio For San Diego Mayor

Aired 9/28/12 on KPBS News.

Another prominent San Diegan has made an endorsement in the mayor’s race. This one crosses party lines.

— Another prominent San Diegan has made an endorsement in the mayor’s race, and this one crosses party lines.

Irwin Jacobs
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Above: Irwin Jacobs

Qualcomm founder and Democrat Irwin Jacobs has endorsed Republican City Councilman Carl DeMaio for San Diego mayor. Jacobs said he did not attend DeMaio’s news conference announcing the endorsement because his time is limited. Reached by phone, Jacobs explained his choice of DeMaio over a fellow Democrat, Congressman Bob Filner.

"Well I met with both candidates a few times. I’ve also listened to a few of the debates," he said. "And I think Carl has a more constructive and better understanding of the problems of the city and ways to deal with them."

Jacobs said he won’t actively campaign for DeMaio because of his limited time. This was the second big endorsement for the councilman this week. Mayor Jerry Sanders endorsed DeMaio on Tuesday. DeMaio said he’s honored to have Jacobs’ support.

"I hope that it brings more people into the campaign," DeMaio said. "And I hope that it continues to, as mayor, allow me to reach across party labels, reach across different points of view to bring people together."

DeMaio said he’s pledging to fill his administration with Democrats and Republicans if elected.

Filner also announced several endorsements today from women, including state Senator Christine Kehoe, former state Senator Dede Alpert and Assemblywoman Toni Atkins.

Disclosure: Irwin Jacobs is a major supporter of KPBS.

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Peking_Duck_SD | September 27, 2012 at 4:54 p.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

DeMaio is trailing double digits behind Filner.

He is desperate.

One can only wonder what promises desperate DeMaio made to get this endorsement.

My guess is Carl promised Mr. Jacob he would push through his Balboa Park plan and Filner was not willing to compromise himself by making such a promise.

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boingo | September 27, 2012 at 5:57 p.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

Does anyone really give a flying @%#& what Jacobs says?. He's the bully that forced the awful Balboa Park bridge plan down our throat. Backing Demaio confirms to me that he is not looking out for San Diego's good folks. He can hitch his wagon to Manchester's and Lynch's and get the $#@% out of here.

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Hardcover | September 28, 2012 at 10:48 a.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

That's just crazy. How can a guy give $1Million to an Obama PAC and then endorse DeMaio? He has put aside all considerations and Democratic Party ideals, including arts support which is important to him, in favor of that doomed Cabrillo Bridge offramp project. I also wish KPBS would investigate Jacobs political pressure on The Lt. Gov. leading to the retiring of the State Historic Preservation Officer. But I fear he is too big a KPBS supporter for that to happen.

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CaliforniaDefender | October 1, 2012 at 4:43 p.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

WOW. Just wow you three.

Someone dares to reach across the aisle and you cuss them out and throw mud.

Irwin Jacobs has given a lot to this city (and Obama and Brown) but you chastise him for being non-partisan. That is absolutely shameful.

To me Jacobs' endorsement is huge. Someone who clearly has strong liberal ideals is willing to support a Republican for mayor.

That speaks volumes in favor of DeMaio and against Filner.

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 1, 2012 at 5:44 p.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago

CADefender - Jacobs has done a lot for our city and I appreciate all he has done, but his recent bullishness and refusal to compromise on his controversial Plaza de panama plan has been disappointing, even for people like me who normally agree with him.

Are you honestly naive enough to think this plan doesn't have something to do with this endorsement?

You really think someone with moderate-left views is going to suddenly endorse a far right-wing candidate like DeMaio for no reason??

Come on now, DeMaio is behind in the polls, he's desperate, I'm sure he has given Jacobs some "assurance" that a mayor DeMaio would be friendly to his high-profile park plan.

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CaliforniaDefender | October 3, 2012 at 11:44 a.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago


What you're saying makes no sense!

Taking your view, the upside for Jacobs is adding one more voice (one which has no Council vote) to his Balboa Park plan. The downside would be losing ALL his influence in city hall. That is NOT a rational risk.

Jacobs is an intelligent Democrat. I'm sure his decision to support DeMaio was thoughtful and well reasoned, far beyond Balboa Park.

Filner is a radical left-winger and moderate Democrats like Jacobs are uncomfortable with him. Thus they turn to moderates like DeMaio.

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 3, 2012 at 12:26 p.m. ― 4 years, 4 months ago


Did you see the debate?

Just as I thought, DeMaio is backing Jacobs' plan for the park and that's all Jacobs cares about right now.

Meanwhile, Filner is against ruining the integrity of the park by building invasive overpasses.

I guarantee you, if Filner had pandered to Jacobs and had supported Jacobs' plan, Jacobs would have endorsed Filner.

What other prominent Democrats are supporting DeMaio? We hear all this talk from the DeMaio camp about "broad bi-partisan support" yet the handful of Dems supporting him all have some special interest tied to DeMaio that explains their newly formed alliance with him.

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