Comments by monaghan

Nathan Fletcher files for divorce

About the only thing missing here is a description of handsome Nathan Fletcher's stunning chameleon-like personal qualities in service to personal advancement. I guess neither he nor his very Republican wife could rationalize their marital arrangement anymore. Fletcher strategically bailed from his good job in the office of Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham just three months before the GOP stalwart was scandalously convicted and jailed for selling votes for bribes. Later, as a candidate in the local mayor's race and on a rare occasion when Fletcher was asked about Cunningham by fawning Jacobs-financed local news outlets, he disavowed his former boss, claiming that he "hardly knew" him. In two terms as a Republican state assemblyman from a conservative district in the post 9/11 era, Fletcher frequently traded on his military service as a Marine in the National Guard and often emphasized in speeches the nation's need for ever-increasing "security" at the borders and at home. Later on, he headed an ACLU-sponsored effort to secure justice for detained undocumented border-crossers. In the mayoral campaign, Fletcher repeatedly used the willing parents of a murdered teenager from Poway to endorse him in television ads. But Fletcher was denied the endorsement of the County Republican Party in the Primary, so he reflected over a weekend and then became a registered Independent. Nathan and Mindy announced the shift in a video made from their home. But the new Party affiliation failed to secure him a run-off spot and the mayoral contest went to Carl deMaio and Bob Filner. Within five months of the election of Democratic Mayor Bob Filner, Fletcher re-affiliated himself once again -- this time as a Democrat -- with the warm welcome of County Democratic chair Francine Busby, the attention of Dem money bundler Christine Forester and new jobs at both Qualcomm and UCSD, presumably engineered by Fletcher patron and billionaire Democrat Irwin Jacobs who founded the company and is philanthropist to the university.
— March 2, 2015 2:36 p.m.

Charity begins at home for Solana Beach councilman

Another misleading Reader headline! Hey, Solana Beach is just the preamble. This story is really about San Diego being put on the block for exploitation by so-called "non-profits" -- especially by its "non-profit" news entities KPBS and, both being run out of San Diego State University and underwritten by major special interests with personal gain or political axes to grind. Sometimes the funders are kept secret and sometimes the "news" stories enhance their funders' agendas -- which are never about creating a more equitable and just democratic society, no matter what the SDSU PR lady says.
— February 25, 2015 5:59 p.m.

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