Interview with Nathan Fletcher


Uploaded by KPBSSanDiego on 28.03.2012

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\f0\fs24 \cf0 >> THE RACE FOR MAYOR IS SUPPOSE\ TO BE NON PARTISAN.\
I THINK WE HAVE SEEN POLITICS\ CREEP INTO ANYTHING.\
YOU HAVE A REPUBLIC PARTY CHAIR\ WHO SAYS THERE IS NO SUCH THING\
AS A NON PARTISAN RACE.\ BOB FILNER TOUTS THE REASON TO\
VOTE FOR HIM IS HE'S THE ONLY\ REAL DEMOCRAT.\
I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO SEND\ THE MESSAGE TO ALL SAN DIEGOANS\
THE TYPE OF MAYOR I WILL BE AND\ LET THEM KNOW THAT BEFORE THEY\
CAST A VOTE.\ REPUBLICANS NEED TO KNOW THAT.\
DEMOCRATS NEED TO KNOW THAT, I\ WANT EVERYONE KNOW THE MAYOR I\
WILL BE.\ >> WHY LEAVE NOW?\
CRITICS SAY IT'S BECAUSE YOU\ DIDN'T GET THE LOCAL GOP\
NOMINATION.\ IF THAT'S NOT THE CASE WHY NOT\
LEAVE THE PARTY EARLIER.\ >> CRITICS WILL ALWAYS SAY WHAT\
THEY WANT.\ I DIDN'T EXPECT TO GET THE\
NOMINATION.\ IT TAKES A CARL DEMAIO\
CANDIDATES WHO SAYS I WILL MAKE\ SAN DIEGO THE CITY OF THE WEST.\
THE RIOTS, PROTESTS, PEOPLE\ GETTING ARRESTED.\
I NEVER EXPECTED IT.\ THROUGH MY TENURE IN OFFICE I\
HAVE BEEN A INDEPENDENT VOICE\ FOR WHAT I THOUGHT WAS RIGHT.\
I DID THAT IN THE LEGISLATURE\ BREAKING RANKS WITH MY PARTY\
WHEN MY CONSCIENCE TOLD ME IT\ WAS RIGHT.\
I WON'T BE A MAYOR THAT PLAYS\ GAMES OR WORRY WHAT PARTY\
INSIDERS THINK.\ >> WHY WAIT FOR THE PROCESS TO\
BE DEPLETE BEFORE LEAVING THE\ PARTY IF YOU DIDN'T EXPECT THE\
\page NOMINATION.\ >> I HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING WITH\
THIS DECISION FOR SEVERAL YEARS\ SINCE I WAS FIRST ELECTED TO THE\
ASSEMBLY.\ I TOOK GRIEF FOR STANDING UP FOR\
"DON'T ASK DON'T TELL."\ I TOOK CONSIDERABLE GRIEF\
WORKING ON THE JERRY BROWN TAX\ REFORM.\
I TOOK GRIEF FOR WORKING ON OUR\ ENVIRONMENT AND RENEWABLE\
ENERGY.\ THAT IS THE PARTISAN NATURE OF\
OUR POLITICS YOU CAN'T DO WHAT\ YOUR CONSCIENCE TELLS YOU AND\
YOU CAN'T WORK WITH PEOPLE WHO\ SOLVE PROBLEMS.\
I WANT SAN DIEGOANS TO KNOW I\ WILL BE A MAYOR THAT WILL WORK\
WITH ANYONE.\ REGARDLESS OF THE PARTY, I WILL\
FOCUS ON THE SOLUTION RATHER\ THAN GAME PLAYING THAT TAKES\
PLACE IN PARTISAN POLITICS\ TODAY.\
>> YOU HAVE SAID YOU COULD WIN\ THE RACE AS A REPUBLICAN.\
THE POLES SHOW YOU TRAILING CARL\ DEMAIO AND 35% OF PEOPLE ARE\
UNDECIDED ON WHO TO VOTE FOR.\ HOW DO YOU RESPOND TO PEOPLE WHO\
SAY THIS IS A DESPERATE ATTEMPT\ ON YOUR PART TO CAPTURE THOSE\
VOTERS?\ >> PEOPLE WILL CRITICIZE WHAT\
YOU DO.\ I HAD ANOTHER PERSON SAY YOU'RE\
THE ONLY CANDIDATE MOVING UP.\ WE'RE NOT HAVING TROUBLE FUND\
RAISING OR VOLUNTEERS OR\ BUILDING SUPPORT.\
I BELIEVE WE WOULD OF WON THE\ RACE AS A REPUBLICAN, I DON'T\
THINK I COULD GOVERNOR THE CITY\ THE WAY IT NEEDS AS ONE.\
I HAVE BEEN TOLD BY PARTY\ INSIDERS I HAVE TO LEARN TO PLAY\
THE GAME TO HAVE SUCCESS IN\ PARTY POLITICS.\
\page OPPOSE GOOD IDEAS.\ GRANDSTAND ON THINGS.\
KATIE, I'M NOT HERE TO PLAY\ GAMES.\
I DIDN'T RUN FOR OFFICE TO PLAY\ GAMES.\
I DIDN'T SURVIVE A WAR TO COME\ HOME AND PLAY GAMES.\
I'M HERE TO GET THINGS DONE.\ THIS SENDS A MEGSAGE TO ALL SAN\
DIEGOANS.\ IF YOU WANT A MAYOR WHO WILL\
WORK WITH DEMOCRATS AND\ REPUBLICANS AND DOESN'T CARE\
WHAT THE PARTY THINKS BUT CARES\ ABOUT THE BEST INTEREST OF THE\
CITY VOTE FOR ME.\ IF YOU WANT ONE OF THE OTHERS\
YOU HAVE A CLEAR VOICE AND I\ WILL RESPECT WHAT THE VOTERS\
CHOOSE.\ IN MY HEART I CAN ONLY DO WHAT\
IS RIGHT IN MY HEART AND WHAT IS\ RIGHT FOR OUR CITY.\
>> WHAT ABOUT YOUR FUTURE\ POLITICAL CAREER HOW WILL YOU\
DEAL WITH THIS, BEING A MAN\ WITHOUT A PARTY?\
>> THIS HAS COME UP A LOT ABOUT\ THE FUTURE.\
I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE FUTURE\ SUCCESS.\
I CARE ABOUT SAN DIEGO.\ I CARE ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY WE\
HAVE IN THIS ELECTION WITH THIS\ MAYOR.\
THAT REALLY IS MY HIGHEST\ PRIORITY.\
>> YOU WERE ENDORSED BY FORMER\ GOVERNOR AND SAN DIEGO MAYOR\
PETE WILSON WHO HAS SAID HE WAS\ DISAPPOINTED BY YOUR DECISION TO\
LEAVE THE REPUBLICAN PARTY.\ ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT FUTURE\
SUPPORT AND ENDORSEMENTS.\ HE WAS A MENTOR OF YOURS.\
ARE YOU WORRIED ABOUT THAT GOING\ FORWARD?\
>> WHEN YOU DO WHAT YOU BELIEVE\ IS RIGHT AND BEST, YOU KNOW, I\
\page THINK THE PEOPLE CAN RESPECT\ THAT.\
IF WE LOOSE ENDORSMENTS THAT'S\ OKAY.\
YOU KNOW, I UNDERSTAND THAT'S A\ DISTINCT POSSIBILITY.\
AT THE END OF THE DAY MY\ POSITIONS ARE NOT CHANGING, MY\
POLICIES ARE NOT CHANGING, MY\ CORE BELIEFS AND PRINCIPALS ARE\
NOT CHANGING.\ >> IF I LOSE A SUPPORTER AT\
THIS POINT IT'S BECAUSE THEY\ WERE SUPPORTING A PARTISAN LABEL\
AND NOT ME.\ THAT'S THE REAL DIFFERENCE HEAR.\
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