America’s bad acting poster boys:  Bob Filner and Anthony Weiner
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There’s good news for Chargers master of disaster Mark Fabiani, and though it doesn’t come from San Diego, it does bear a distinctly familiar back story. Fabiani’s old friend and favored candidate for mayor of New York is reported by the New York Times to have taken the lead. “Bill de Blasio, the most liberal of the leading candidates, has vaulted into first place among likely voters,” the Times said last week. De Blasio’s success is said to owe to a cause well known to San Diegans. Ex-Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner — who along with San Diego departing mayor Bob Filner has become a national poster boy for bad acting — was leading the pack until it emerged that he hadn’t exactly lost the habit of sending sexually explicit photos to various women. A poll taken last week showed de Blasio first with 30 percent. Fifty-one percent of respondents pegged Weiner as the candidate they would “definitely not vote for under any circumstances.”

Fabiani has been a long-time de Blasio backer. He had given the Democratic former Brooklyn city councilman and New York Public Advocate $3000 in mayoral campaign money through this summer. Coronado’s Maureen Steiner, long a donor to Democratic campaigns, gave Christine Quinn, the first female and openly gay speaker of the New York city council, a total of $1250. La Jolla lesbian and biotech PR maven Susan Atkins, who sold her firm to Porter Novelli in 2005 and has served as a San Diego city library commissioner, gave Quinn $2524. Another San Diego gay leader, Robert Gleason — the Evans Hotel executive, a big financial backer of Democratic city councilman Todd Gloria who will wield major transition clout at city hall now that Filner has failed — gave $1000 to Quinn last year. Only one county resident appears to have offered Weiner financial succor. Rancho Santa Fe’s Stanley Cohen came up with $100 for the notorious tweeter on July 29.

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John Kitchin Aug. 30, 2013 @ 4:45 p.m.

So, who replaces Bob Filner as Mayor? Lori Saldana, or Marty Block? The other three seem to be the same guy with different labels on him (Carl DeMaio, Nathan Fletcher, and Todd Gloria), and Fletcher seems to change his label every month. What political party is he in this month, Socialist Lunatic Deputies of Jesus? Gloria is a Republican who claims to be a Democrat. The voters decided to elect a Very Liberal Democrat, so let us find one to replace Filner!

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Javajoe25 Aug. 31, 2013 @ 10:44 a.m.

I second that motion, but this election may turn out to be one of those "lesser of two (or more?) evils," type thing.

Between Carl "De Wanker" DeMaio, Nathan "The Flash - Guess who I am now?'' Fletcher, and Todd "Glory-be-to-the-Corporations," Gloria, I'm about ready to barf. I hope a real Lib/Dem materializes, and soon.

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monaghan Sept. 1, 2013 @ 12:12 p.m.

Since land use decisions are the driving force behind San Diego mayoral races, let's get behind Democrat Bruce Coons who understands land use and misuse very well as the head of Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO.)

Bruce Coons is who TOOK IRWIN JACOBS' PLAN to REDO BALBOA PARK TO COURT and won. Thanks to the good offices of Judge Timothy Taylor, Coons actually saved Balboa Park's Cabrillo Bridge and prevented construction of a pay-to-park underground garage behind the Alcazar Garden.

Our city faces many issues, but as often as not, they are land-use matters. Such as the illegal reconstruction of the North Park Jack-in-the-Box which interim Mayor Todd Gloria illegally has given the green light after former Mayor Filner put it on hold. Such as the shadowy "Civic San Diego" use of federal monies for its own revival of "redevelopment" for downtown after California Governor Brown declared redevelopment spending over. Deja vu all over again. The beat goes on.

We can put an end to this recurring abuse with a savvy land-use mayor and then turn our attention to other pressing civic matters. Bruce Coons is the answer. No wankers, no chameleons, no pols -- a citizen-mayor.

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FatCatSegat Sept. 2, 2013 @ 5:31 p.m.

Okay, I'm sort of ignorant on this but what party does David Aguirre belong to? In my uneducated opinion, thats our man. Remember all the feuding between him and the multi millionare that vacated the office before Filner? He lives to upset the status quo and in this town, well correct me if I'm wrong but, wasn't Filner doing just that? He was a city attorney that didn't let the mayor's office get away with any shenanigans either. Although Mr Coons sounds like a viable candidate as well.

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Javajoe25 Sept. 4, 2013 @ 9:29 a.m.

Well, the right has cleared their field and now has their candidate: Kevin Falconer. The left is in the unusual position of having several good candidates to chose from and unless all but one bows out, it could split the vote and give the election to the opposition.

Mr. Coons sounds like he would be great, although a seemingly one-dimensional candidate. Can't say I've heard much of him outside of the great work he has done with SOHO. Mike Aguirre certainly has extensive experience in battling the big dogs and has the scars to prove it. He could be like a Filner with no arms but a very big mouth. Nathan Fletcher has bounced from party to party and finally (?) settled with the Dems. His problem is with all those hat changes it leaves you wondering who the man is and what he stands for.

This is going to be an interesting month or two.

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