‘Will San Diego elect a gay libertarian or a snarling misanthrope as mayor?’

Nov. 1, 2012

By Chris Reed

That’s the headline I suggested for the a piece I did for the American Spectator on the election fight in my hometown.

“SAN DIEGO — For four decades, California’s second-largest city has had a habit of electing bland, mostly Republican centrists. Some have been effective. Pete Wilson went on to become a senator and governor. Some have been disasters. Dick Murphy was blasted by Time magazine in 2005 as one of America’s worst mayors shortly before he resigned.

“This tradition of blandness ends on Nov. 6. That’s when San Diegans have to choose between Republican Councilman Carl Demaio, a hard-charging, 38-year-old gay libertarian who is a champion of outsourcing government services, and longtime Democratic congressman Bob Filner, a 70-year-old paleoliberal whose relentlessly combative manner has produced nonstop headlines for three months.”

Read the whole thing here.


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