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Poll: Why Did Fletcher Jump GOP Ship Amid San Diego Mayor Race?

Republican assemblyman stuns local politics with decision to become an independent.

Sometime after 6 a.m. Wednesday, Nathan Fletcher tweeted at @Fletcher2012: “Today, @NathanFletcher is announcing his decision to leave the GOP to re-register as an independent. Video message: http://ow.ly/9VLoI

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His 6-minute YouTube video (attached) gave several reasons, but many in San Diego—and across the state—may beg to differ.  Was this an attention-grabbing ploy in the closely fought San Diego mayoral race?  Or is Assemblyman Fletcher looking ahead to November, when some observers think Republicans could suffer a landslide defeat in the presidential election?  Tell us in the comments.

Richard Barck March 29, 2012 at 03:16 AM
It's an attempt to splinter away some of the moderate Democratic vote PLUS allow Republicans to focus on their remaining candidate(s), thus giving them a better chance for winning. It's called "taking one for the Party".
Lois French March 29, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Some people will do anything to get what they want.

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