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San Diego Taxpayers Group Casts City's 'Top Guns' In Parody Video

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In a video that gives last year's 211 "Call Me Maybe" parody a run for its money, San Diego's three most-recent leading men —save for Bob Filner — star in a riff of "Top Gun" to promo a local group's upcoming awards dinner.

The San Diego County Taxpayers Association's Golden Watchdog and Fleece Awards honor the best and worst use of taxpayer money, and pays tribute to the news organizations that document it. And who better to promote the annual show than three politicians with recent experience holding the reins to the city's finances: Mayor Kevin Faulconer, City Council President Todd Gloria and former San Diego Mayor-turned-Chamber of Commerce CEO Jerry Sanders.

Playing off the plot of the 1986 Tom Cruise classic, Faulconer and Gloria play two pilots who go head-to-head — thanks to some helpful phonebooks — for the honor of "top gun" at MCAS Miramar. There they meet Sanders, who plays a stereotypical uptight military official.


And you probably didn't think they had it in them.