‘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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  1. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 1 November, 2012, 09:40

    Another fine article by Chris Reed. Love the use of the term “snarling misanthrope” to describe a reactionary statist like Filner. It could also be used to describe most of the talking heads on MSNBC.

    According to the author San Diego has 78,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans and yet it remains one of the most conservatively governed major cities in Crazyfornia. Yet more proof of the complete incompetence of the states brain dead Republican Party establishment. I would guess that many thousands of former Republicans have re-registered as independents or libertarians over the last 25 years out of embarrassment. Who can blame them?

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  2. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 1 November, 2012, 10:28

    Filner is OK, but he has no chance of winning.

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  3. John Thomas
    John Thomas 1 November, 2012, 16:49

    Have you seen this article from the NEW YORK TIMES about the San Diego Mayor Race and the LGBT Community? How often does the New York Times take notice of our little ole mayor races?! Click here to check it out: http://ow.ly/eXp2l

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  4. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 1 November, 2012, 18:04

    Who cares….a messed up border city with overpriced 1970’s style hotels and too many nasty burrito shops!

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