Citing "personal epiphany," mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher decamps from Democratic Party, joins Qualcomm billionaire Jacobs' nonprofit San Diego Government Initiative.
Fletcher: "I'm an SD GI; how could I resist an organization named SDGI? But seriously; after a long and careful period of counting, er, consideration, I have determined that the best way to maintain my campaign, er, principled stand against the entrenched corruption here in San Diego, is to step outside the box marked 'politics' and into the box marked 'philanthropy.' Because I don't love the city — the polis; I love its people — anthropos. If elected, I will rename City Hall as The Joan and Irwin Jacobs Center for Good Governance in recognition of their extraordinary contribution to the life — political and otherwise — of America's Finest City."
Asked to respond to charges of unethical political meddling, Jacobs said: " I'm not buying the election; I'm donating a new kind of Mayor. After I signed on to give away half of my fortune, I realized it was time to try something really large-scale. None of this piddling "$100 million here, $100 million there" nonsense. I don't just want to improve San Diego's educational system or its parks any more; I want to improve San Diego. Government seemed the best way to go about doing that. This Fletcher fellow seems like an ideal grant administrator. I'm sure the Board, er, City Council will agree."