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President Obama Endorses Alvarez In San Diego Mayor’s Race

Above: Councilman David Alvarez sits down in his home for an interview, October 2013.

President Barack Obama weighed in on the San Diego mayor's race Saturday, endorsing fellow Democrat David Alvarez.

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Alvarez and Republican Kevin Faulconer, both city councilmen, are in a heated race to succeed former Mayor Bob Filner, who resigned over sexual harassment claims in August. Voters head to the polls in the special election on Tuesday.

"As a native San Diegan, David Alvarez has been a fierce advocate for his city, and on the Council, has led efforts to build a strong middle class, put neighborhoods first and expand opportunities for kids in and out of school," Obama said in a statement. "Today, with the city’s economy and neighborhoods poised to make progress there is no question that David is the right choice to be San Diego’s next mayor and I am excited to support him.”

Alvarez called the endorsement "truly an honor."

"In my years of public service, I have championed many of the same priorities that the President addressed at the State of the Union," Alvarez said in a statement. "I look forward to working with him to achieve our shared agenda and priorities. Together, we can make San Diego a city that expands opportunity for all.”

In response to Obama's endorsement, Faulconer issued a statement citing support he's received during the campaign.

"I'm proud to have the support of local San Diegans, including Father Joe Carroll, hard working San Diego police officers, African American pastors, LGBT leaders, and respected former Mayor Jerry Sanders who knows I have the experience and independence to lead our city and continue the reforms to improve our neighborhoods," he said. "While my opponent continues to benefit from millions of dollars from out-of-town government unions, I'm proud to be running a campaign for San Diego, supported by San Diegans."

Obama has endorsed mayoral candidates in several big cities, including New York City, New Orleans and Houston.

The president did not endorse the Democrat Filner or his opponent, Republican former City Councilman Carl DeMaio, during their 2012 mayoral race. Filner was endorsed by former President Bill Clinton.

In 2012, 61 percent of San Diegans who cast presidential ballots voted for Obama.

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RLA | February 9, 2014 at 8:56 a.m. ― 3 years ago

At a time when most democratic politicians facing election are doing their best to distance themselves from Obama the San Diego mayors race rates an endorsement? Maybe folks should think twice about the impact of Obama interest in a town he rarely visited or mentioned. Who more desperate? Alvarez or Obama?

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Peking_Duck_SD | February 9, 2014 at 9:09 a.m. ― 3 years ago

This is a wonderful endorsement, the right wing cranks will try to spin it as negative but an endorsement from the President is great.

RLA: "Who is more desperate? Alvarez or Obama?"

Faulconer is more desperate than both of them because he's backed by right-wing special interests trying to get elected in a Democratic city.

His desperation can be seen by this statement from him:

"I'm proud to have the support of local San Diegans, including Father Joe Carroll, hard working San Diego police officers, African American pastors, LGBT leaders, and respected former Mayor Jerry Sanders......."

African American pastors and LGBT leaders? Ha. Obviously Faulconer is worried about this endorsement which is why he's trying to make it look like he champions causes of the poor, minorities, LGBT community, etc. when he doesn't.

Furthermore, Faulconer is being backed by hard right idea lobules who are funnel money to him through the Lincoln club and who will expect to be rewarded with a hard right wing mayor.

The Faulconer play book is to masquerade as some very moderate pro-working class man until Tuesday and then, if elected, turn his back on the middle class and reward all the tycoon developers and corporate millionaires who got him elected.

I say no than you, Faulconer, San Diego spent enough decades being a lapdog for millionaire developers, we don't need to go backwards.

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Mmikey | February 9, 2014 at 9:31 a.m. ― 3 years ago

this is touted as a good thing, right?

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jay045 | February 9, 2014 at 6:04 p.m. ― 3 years ago

Well, to answer the questions above, when the Democrats hold a 12% edge in voter registration within the City of San Diego, this isn't exactly a shocker. Alvarez seems to advertise his affiliation; Faulconer uses pretty much the same color scheme as Alvarez, with no GOP elephant logos, and mailers from the Lincoln Club sound much more innocuous than from the Tea Party or Republican Party.

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