Portion of Steve Breen editorial cartoon published in Feb. 10 U-T
  • Portion of Steve Breen editorial cartoon published in Feb. 10 U-T
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"Hitler was a vegetarian. Therefore, vegetarians are bad people."

"Sammy is a con artist. Sammy wears black socks. Therefore, all people who wear black socks are con artists."

"You have friends who are not physically attractive. Therefore, you are ugly."

Anybody with a bit of education realizes these statements represent the association fallacy, commonly known as guilt by association.

On this morning's U-T editorial page is a cartoon by Steve Breen. The headline is "Linkage." David Alvarez and Bob Filner are seen linking arms, with Filner holding a piece of paper that reads "Liberal Policies."

Filner is the most unpopular politician in San Diego these days; he resigned as mayor because of alleged sexual harassment. He admitted he had a "monster" inside and sought psychological help.

Does Breen suggest that Alvarez has a monster inside of him because he shares many of the political ideas that Filner has? Preposterous.

On this day before the election, Alvarez should decide whether to use the Breen cartoon to motivate voters to get to the polls and vote for Alvarez. Visitors from out of town may be horrified to see such a juvenile, illogical cartoon in the local paper.

What is pathetic is what this says about the U-T. Does someone supervise Breen? If so, did that person not see the logical fallacy and suggest that Breen kill the cartoon? Worse, was Breen told to run such a cartoon?

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ducraker Feb. 10, 2014 @ 9:09 a.m.

It appears Steve Breen was born too late. After his "characteriztion" of Bob Filner, Breen would have been an excellent fit in Joseph Goebbles Reich Ministry of Propaganda.

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Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 9:27 a.m.

ducraker: People who have considered dropping their U-T subscriptions because of repeated logical fallacies, embarrassing grammatical errors, and propaganda replacing news, now have a good reason to cancel. Best, Don Bauder

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JustWondering Feb. 10, 2014 @ 9:48 a.m.

"Filner is the most unpopular politician in San Diego these days; he resigned as mayor because of "alleged sexual harassment"".

Alleged? Don are you really going with "alleged"? Guess Filner's convictions for false imprisonment and battery didn't "really" count at all. Maybe he should get a do over as Mayor?

As for the sophomoric editorial cartoon ... What else should we expect from our local publisher. He's not a journalist and his paper(s) are are no longer fit to line the bottom of cages. While the paper claims the race is neck n' neck tomorrow night will tell the tale of the city's future.

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Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 10:19 a.m.

JustWondering: You are right. I guess I have become so accustomed to putting "alleged" in front of charges that I wasn't thinking. In my own opinion, the only reason he confessed to those charges was to keep from going bankrupt. That was the choice he was given: go along with us and we pay your bills; don't go along, and you go under financially. Nonetheless, that is no excuse: I shouldn't have used "alleged."

Yes, Manchester is not a journalist, and Lynch doesn't know print journalism, but Breen is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and should know something about logic. I would love to know if he was forced to do that cartoon.

One rumor on the election -- and it IS a rumor -- is that U-T pollsters are not polling Hispanics heavily enough. We will have to see tomorrow. Best, Don Bauder

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rewelch Feb. 10, 2014 @ 2:02 p.m.

Don others have been more careful, using the phrase "amid sexual harassment charges". The civil issue of sexual harassment has yet to be determined.

Funny how JustWondering seems to have his own difficulties with logical fallacies.

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JustWondering Feb. 10, 2014 @ 3:03 p.m.

FYI...The City Attorney has scheduled a news conference for later today to discuss the settlement of the harrassment litigation. My guess is the plaintiff will be heading to the bank with $250K of taxpayer dollars.

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Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 3:55 p.m.

JustWondering: Your guess is exactly correct. See post at the top of the blog. No matter what rewelch says, I think you are right and I was wrong: I shouldn't have used "alleged" following Filner's guilty plea, even though I think those criminal charges were phony as a three dollar bill. Best, Don Bauder

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aardvark Feb. 10, 2014 @ 5:50 p.m.

Don: Bankruptcy may not become an issue, if Filner and his attorneys can keep making deals that have the city picking up the entire settlement, such as the one announced today.

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Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 8:34 p.m.

aardvark: It is not clear how much the City is paying and how much Filner may be paying. The City is picking up legal fees. There was supposedly a press conference later but I was out of pocket at the time. Best, Don Bauder

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JustWondering Feb. 10, 2014 @ 10:52 a.m.

You may have something there on the motivation for the drawing. In my opinion the drawing "quality" is not up to Breen's standard. Almost, if you like, looks like it was "forced". His cartoons are usually crisp while this one looks something done by a middle schooler. While my opinion is subjective at best, a comparison between this and past work is obvious.

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Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 11:25 a.m.

JustWondering: I wouldn't say that he didn't draw it. But perhaps he didn't have his heart in it because he was taking orders from someone above him. Breen may have realized, down deep, that it was a wholly illogical cheap shot. Best, Don Bauder

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Matt101 Feb. 10, 2014 @ 4:01 p.m.

It would surprise no one if it turns out that John Lynch special-ordered that cartoon....

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Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 8:36 p.m.

Matt101: It certainly would not surprise me -- either Lynch or Manchester. Best, Don Bauder

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Brian_T_Peterson_DVM Feb. 10, 2014 @ 11:43 a.m.

Interesting features in the recent, dead-heat, U-T mayoral election poll: Alvarez tops Faulconer for integrity 57% to 36% and leadership 52% to 45%. And what are the most important qualities for the new mayor? The top two responses are integrity (35%) and leadership (23%). Also, people earning more than $80,000 per year favor Alvarez 48% to 46%. This, of course, says that top earners in San Diego are evenly split between the candidates. One would think this would be Faulconer territory. Assuming the poll is relatively accurate and voters are consistent in what they want and who they vote for, this bodes well for Alvarez. The lame U-T cartoon won’t change this.

PS: The U-T still works pretty well for lining the bottoms of cages.

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Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 11:51 a.m.

Brian_T_Peterson_DVM: I was once informed -- by respected veterinarians such as yourself -- that I was personally responsible for ending a scourge of canary constipation in the county. People put my columns in the bottom of their canary cages and WHOOSH! the epidemic ended.

Those are interesting stats you point out. Don't you think much depends on Alvarez's ability to get out the vote south of I-8? Obama had the troops on the ground. Democrats know how to do it. Best, Don Bauder

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Brian_T_Peterson_DVM Feb. 10, 2014 @ 12:54 p.m.

I believe that the Alvarez campaign is targeting independents north of I-8, not just Dems south of 8. In the past two weeks we have had three visits from Alvarez people, most recently yesterday. We have had no visits from Faulconer people. Of course, maybe the Republicans have just written my household off.

Perhaps the more important question is: Will enough Republican voters in District 5 turnout to overcome the Democrat advantage everywhere else? It didn’t work out that way in 2012. Faulconer’s side may have more GOTV pressure.

I will remember your advice on treating constipation. Where do I get reprints of your Union-Tribune articles?

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Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 1:38 p.m.

Brian: The only reprints of my old U-T columns are online. Even if you print them, they don't work well in the bottom of canary cages. Sorry to break this news to you.

You make an excellent point. Alvarez has got to get to independents, and maybe some moderate Republicans, north of I-8. Faulconer's people have probably read about your yeoman work fighting the downtown establishment, and figured you were an enemy of his ideology. Best, Don Bauder

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Matt101 Feb. 10, 2014 @ 4:02 p.m.

P.P.S. Trader Joe's bags work just as well as bird cage liner, rendering even that potential usefulness of the U-T irrelevant.

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Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 8:39 p.m.

Matt101: Oh dear. That means the subscription base could actually go down to zero. Is there a substitute for wrapping fish carcasses? Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 1:11 p.m.

Scott Marks: I prefer witches on broomsticks. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Feb. 10, 2014 @ 12:18 p.m.

It appears that Breen is a runamuck black sock wearing vegetarian, but then the U-T is full of fallacies so that's why the U-T Ed Board idolizes him. Forget about logic when you have an owner who refers to himself as "Papa" as in Pope.

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Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 1:42 p.m.

Anon92107: You know, it never occurred to me that in insisting that he be called "Papa," Manchester is subconsciously thinking of himself as the Pope. However, I think he would be tripped up by that vow of chastity. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Feb. 10, 2014 @ 1:45 p.m.

Think of Papa Doug as a return to the Borgia era.

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Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 3:57 p.m.

Anon92107: Aw, c'mon. The Borgias of the Italian Renaissance were very nasty people. I think the charge is unfair. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Feb. 11, 2014 @ 7:19 a.m.

Don, just to clarify, no one in San Diego is more nasty than "Papa"/Pope Manchester who demands total obedience from his Editorial Board of Sycophants, and he will take us back to the dark ages if we let him get away with it.

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 8:23 a.m.

Anon92107: You make some good points. But up to now, there is no evidence that the U-T's propagandizing -- both on its editorial page and in its news reports -- is swaying voters. If Faulconer wins, the U-T will finally be able to claim that it had some influence, although perhaps it really did not.

I feel the U-T on balance hurt DeMaio. The same could be true of Faulconer, but we can't say that until the election is over. Best, Don Bauder

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Anon92107 Feb. 11, 2014 @ 11:48 a.m.

Don, with money flowing in at local levels, as well as national and state, from $Billionaire tyrants like the Koch brothers, American Democracy is at gravest jeopardy since WWII. We have to fight Manchester and his propaganda machine as if saving American Democracy depends on it. Assume nothing good can happen as long as he controls the U-T.

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 1:20 p.m.

Anon92107: Yes, Citizens United opened the door to making our country even more of a plutocracy than it already is. Best, Don Bauder

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JustWondering Feb. 10, 2014 @ 12:23 p.m.

The Registar of Voters is saying they are anticipating 50% of the vote to be from mail in ballots. If that statement holds true it will be the deciding factor. These single issue polls typically have very poor actual voter turnout. I'd be surprised if more than 30% of the electorate even bothers to cast a ballot.

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Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 1:46 p.m.

JustWondering: If 50% of the vote is from mail-in ballots, Faulconer should win. I was reading that Filner was losing for a long time when the mail-ins were counted early, then surged later as the votes cast that day came in. Best, Don Bauder

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JustWondering Feb. 10, 2014 @ 3:08 p.m.

True...during a Presidential election. We'll see how it plays out tomorrow without one.

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Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 3:49 p.m.

ABSENTEE BALLOTS SUGGEST CLOSE RACE TOMORROW. Vince Vasquez of the National University System Institute for Policy Research has been following absentee ballots for tomorrow's runoff election.

More Democratic ballots have been cast than Republican ballots, he says. "Democrats have been coming on strong," he says. But most absentee ballots have been cast by those north of I-8, and these usually favor conservative candidates.

More than 40,000 ballots have been cast by voters who are registered with neither political party, "leaving the outcome still very much in doubt," he says.

He predicts a 42% to 45% turnout rate -- higher than the November 2013 turnout. rate of 35%.

Vasquez thinks President Obama's belated endorsement of Alvarez may bring more voters, particularly Democratic ones.

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Ponzi Feb. 10, 2014 @ 4:27 p.m.

Hopefully, Alvarez has a substantial number of volunteers to check in at the polls to make sure the voters have cats their ballots. I have worked six elections as a Precinct Inspector for the ROV. Every hour a list of voters in the precinct is "lined-out" (lines through the names of people who have voted) and posted on the wall. Workers for candidates can visit the precinct and look over the list. They can then call people who have not voted and encourage them to get to the polls. They can also do the same by calling mail ballot voters and ask them if they mailed their ballot and if they didn't to get it to the polls. This can make a big difference in getting and extra votes that would have otherwise not be made. This is the most powerful tools in getting last minute voters to get to the polls.

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Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 8:44 p.m.

Ponzi: Everything I have heard about Alvarez is that he is very bright. So I would think he has taken care of this matter if he has the manpower and womanpower. Democrats learned from Obama how important it is to have troops on the ground. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 3:58 p.m.

JustWondering: See my post below. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 3:59 p.m.

JustWondering: Oops. The post is actually above. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi Feb. 10, 2014 @ 4:16 p.m.

The results will be known early. This election is only in the city, with only two issues; mayor and local Prop B. There will be fewer provisional ballots to process. So the registrar of voters will be able to quickly count the votes (feed the ballot machines). My bet is on Alvarez. Faulconer is such a hypocrite whining about the amount of political contributions Alvarez is receiving. Certainly Faulconer would be silent if he were ahead in fundraising.

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Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 8:47 p.m.

Ponzi: Any politician wailing about how much money goes to his/her opponent is a hypocrite. There is so much laundered and dark money in elections these days that making such a statement is foolish. Best, Don Bauder

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Matt101 Feb. 10, 2014 @ 4:08 p.m.

Agreed. Without the amazing ability of the Obama campaign to generate Dem voter turnout, Faulconer is a clear favorite. Kasparian & Co. will have to mount the best GOTV ever in a non-presidential election year for Alvarez to win.

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Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 8:49 p.m.

Matt101: I guess we will find out tomorrow night. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi Feb. 10, 2014 @ 3:46 p.m.

In my opinion, Manchester insists on being called "papa" because deep down inside he knows he is not a man, but a bully. His narcissism may have served him in building his wealth, but he has the emotional maturity of a 16 year old. People under his employ must be desperate, miserable or a combination of both. The website Glassdoor, which allows employees to rate their employer, reveals several 1-star reviews for the U-T, down from a 3-star average when Copley and Platinum Equity reigned.

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Don Bauder Feb. 10, 2014 @ 4:03 p.m.

Ponzi: I have covered San Diego -- particularly San Diego business -- for 40 years. I can say definitively that Papa Doug Manchester is not 100% beloved by certain business peers.

The interesting information you note suggests that he is not held in high regard by employees of the U-T. My reporting leads to the same conclusion, both for Manchester and Lynch. Best, Don Bauder

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Burwell Feb. 10, 2014 @ 9:43 p.m.

Papa is only 5' 6" tall. He may have a complex like Sanders.

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 6:46 a.m.

Burwell: I know nothing about such a complex -- for Manchester or Sanders. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi Feb. 10, 2014 @ 10:14 p.m.

True. And he resorts to courting and marrying discarded Russian mail-order brides. I have no respect for Doug Manchester. He is an a$$hole through and through. His wealth does not make him respectable, it only permits his narcissism to be more evident in his public footprint. He is a little man in stature as he is in his emotional maturity. I predict his "rescue" and abuse of "UT San Diego" will be one of San Diego's most epic failures and embarrassments. It cannot come sooner or more appropriately to a more deserving buffoon.

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 6:59 a.m.

Ponzi: The U-T admits it is already in financial trouble. It has cut out the 401(k) match, blaming general economic conditions and problems in the newspaper business. In pushing John Lynch aside, it admitted it has had a disappointing year. Earlier it had been saying it was doing fine; I never believed that.

I think it is possible -- not probable right away -- that the U-T will become a publication that is mainly or entirely online. This will permit Manchester to move the staff to rented quarters elsewhere and use the Mission Valley property for real estate development. For its own sake, the U-T should abandon its TV efforts. There are rumors it is negotiating to buy a local TV station. If true, the company could dig itself into a deeper hole.

Finally, I have never said that Manchester's new Siberian spouse is a mail order bride, although some good researchers such as yourself have. I looked into it and couldn't make the case. I related in a column how she came from Siberia to marry another man and they divorced. She later met Manchester. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 7:08 a.m.

Response to Facebook poster Melinda Santa Cruz: I don't believe there is any reason to call Manchester's attractive bride a bimbo. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 7:12 a.m.

Response to Brian Brady: If you can't see that the cartoon linking Filner and Alvarez was a very bad case of guilt by association, there is nothing I can do to help you. In an editorial urging Faulconer's election, the U-T is doing the very same thing again -- Alvarez is evil because he backed Filner initiatives. This is still another example of an immature and uninformed use of guilt by association. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 7:17 a.m.

Response to Facebook comment of Tom Sanchez: Filner was forced out of office by the downtown corporate welfare crowd, using its puppet Jan Goldsmith. It got lucky and got help from three so-called progressives who demanded that Filner make certain apologies. He did, and they still came after him, giving aid and succor to those who want more subsidies for the construction industry, hoteliers, sports team owners and the like. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh Feb. 11, 2014 @ 8:19 a.m.

I was wondering what last-minute hit the Mill would take in this election. If that dufus cartoon was it, the effort was very weak, and was unlikely to sway anyone. It does surprise me that a publication like San Diego Magazine sought to put a mayoral endorsement in the editor's letter of the February issue, and for that to say that Alvarez would take SD right back to the direction Filner was headed. It wasn't obvious that Filner was really headed in any particular direction overall. (He hadn't had time to really get traction.) The mag gave Sanders credit for getting the city out of its fiscal mess, which should be hilarious, if they were not serious. But San Diego mag seemed most bent out of shape about Filner's locking up the tourist marketing funds, which it blamed for the weak local economy. Tourism rules!

I'll be happy when this is over. But it could take two weeks to finish counting all the mail ballots, and if it is as close as some think, it might take that long to get the results.

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 9:15 a.m.

Visduh: I'm not sure San Diego Magazine sways voters to any significant degree. It was great decades ago when Harold Keen was exposing local thievery, but it seems to have become a coffee table publication. Maybe I am wrong. I see it seldom.

You could well be right that this could drag on. Best, Don Bauder

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Brian_T_Peterson_DVM Feb. 11, 2014 @ 9:31 a.m.

The last minute hit is evidently this: Mike Aguirre was on KOGO radio this morning claiming that in September Alvarez’s campaign took a $999 campaign donation from the lobbyist representing the Mexican Billionaire, the guy who supposedly wants control of the Navy Broadway Complex. According to Aguirre, Alvarez’s campaign had multiple meetings with the lobbyist. Aguirre also asserted the donation was $1 less than the maximum to circumvent disclosure requirements, essentially to delay the disclosure of the source of the donation.

On KOGO Aguirre said this was the primary reason he endorsed Faulconer. Aguirre said that the $999 donation was concerning, because it suggests what level of transparency we could expect from an Alvarez mayor’s office, meaning, in his estimation, not much.

The KOGO morning host said that they have the Aguirre interview on their website. And in case you are not listening to this station, they predominantly shill for “Kevin.” At least the afternoon talk show host acts like he is great pals with Faulconer.

So, Don, maybe you should call Mike; look into this a little further. The morning talk show host is relatively new to San Diego and really doesn’t know what’s going on.

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 1:32 p.m.

Brian: I did talk to Mike this morning, probably before he went on KOGO. I told him I could not pursue such an angle the day before the election. He agreed with me. Charges such as this should not be thrown out the day before the election when the other side does not have time to research and tell its side.

I am extremely disappointed in Mike. However, this incident and the fact that the U-T is taking such illogical, emotionally-charged cheap shots at the last minute may be a good portent for the election. Possibly, they are frightened. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2014 @ 1:49 p.m.

Response to Steve Hunyar: You will have a difficult time attributing the slippage in San Diego tourism to the Filner sex scandal. Would you refuse to go to New York because of the Weiner and Spitzer sex scandals? Please. Come on. Best, Don Bauder

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