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Republican State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher announced via a YouTube video uploaded late yesterday that he is leaving the GOP to become an independent.

According to an Associated Press dispatch running today in the San Francisco Chronicle, Fletcher, who has been running behind in the polls in the race to become San Diego mayor, also told the news service about the move yesterday.

"In all candor, I probably should have done it sooner...I've been a member of this party for almost 20 years.

"We have a system that is set up and designed for two parties and it's a difficult move, but it's what I believe in my heart is right."

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Larry Githens March 28, 2012 @ 9:05 a.m.

Well...Fletcher's "currency" just went up a whole lot given this decision to leave the GOP and become an independent. I doubt that it will change his 3rd place position in the upcoming election, but it may position him for future political runs.

The national GOP has made a dramatic swing to the right, and I can see lots of politicians jumping ship in the coming months. When the party suffers an historic loss In November, everyone will wish to become independents!

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BlueSouthPark March 28, 2012 @ 9:57 a.m.

Well, this move will ease the conscience of local phony Democrats who have endorsed Fletcher: the only reason those redevelopment-money-grubbing backers were on the Republican's bandwagon was because of his promise to somehow continue to funnel redevelopment dollars to developers. Fletcher and supporters are "independent" only in the sense of being free of any real principles.

San Diego has plenty of elected Democrats (Hueso, Atkins, Vargas, Kehoe; all of the SD Dem councilmembers) and Republicans (all of the local City, County and State Repubs) who are plotting every possible way, supporting and introducing every possible bill, to acquire public money for their developer-supporters' private enrichment.

Filner is the only opportunity San Diego has had in a long time to rid itself of the dominance and scheming of these parasitic privatization schemers.

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