Congressman Bob Filner has been in Washington too long, and it’s impacting his ability to wage a serious campaign for San Diego mayor.
Facing the serious threat of losing his House seat in another challenge from State Senator Juan Vargas (D), Filner created his own political retirement plan in the form of a race for San Diego Mayor. It probably seemed like a good idea at the time: the City of San Diego has 76,000+ more Democrats than Republicans, and he would probably be the only Democrat in the race. Piece of cake, right?
It turns out that running for mayor is different than running for re-election in your bulletproof-Democrat House district. First there’s the more competitive nature of the race itself. Additionally, running for an executive office is different than running to be a legislator: voters expect from would-be executives a vision and plans, not just statements of how one would vote on certain issues, with some ideological red meat thrown in the mix.
Filner talks a good game – he’s well practiced in all of the typical left-wing talking points on a whole host of issues. That’s par for the course for someone… Read More