The first televised debate in the San Diego mayoral election took place Thursday afternoon. Below the video of the entire debate, I rounded up some quick thoughts I’ve posted on Twitter. Please excuse any typos and lack of capitalization. I was typing the tweets out on my cell phone.
And don’t forget our media partners NBC 7 San Diego will be hosting a second televised debate on Monday at 6 p.m.
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First Televised Debate in 2012 San Diego Mayoral Election
Thoughts from San Diego’s first televised mayoral debate sponsored by KPBS, U-T San Diego and 10News. All four major candidates, City Councilman Carl DeMaio, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Congressman Bob Filner and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, participated.
Storified by Liam Dillon · Thu, Apr 19 2012 21:44:15
Ok a few debate takeaways. Best line was fletcher to Filner as Filner was fussing with moderator: “you’re losing votes bob”Liam Dillon
It’s almost unconscionable that DeMaio says convention center tax isn’t public money.Liam Dillon
This was DeMaio’s boldest claim yet on the Convention Center expansion. He said the expansion would be done through private investment from San Diego’s hoteliers. That’s wrong. It’s a public tax that will be passed through to city tourists. We’ve already Fact Checked some of DeMaio’s other claims on the expansion
and found them to be False and Huckster Propaganda.
City attorney who wrote Conv. Center law. MT @brantwill: Interesting. It’s all public money: hotel tax, port, city. All public.Liam Dillon
DeMaio was best on roads and infrastructure repair. Clear and accurateLiam Dillon
Was not accurate on Prop A’s impact on road repairs. RT @dillonliam DeMaio was best on roads and infrastructure repair. Clear and accurateEvan McLaughlin
.@EvanSDlabor Fair point on DeMaio, Prop. A and roads. I was speaking to extent of problem & his financial plan for it.Liam Dillon
I thought Dumanis’ close was her best argument yet. Shame time ran out on her.Liam Dillon
Dumanis talked about her rise from a low-level county staffer to district attorney and how she broke glass ceilings along the way. She said the Mayor’s Office was too important to trust to legislators and the city needed someone with her executive experience. “I’m not going to stand up here and give you a bunch of bull. I tell it like it is. I’m tough and I’m fair.”
Candidates were allowed to ask each other questions during the debate. DeMaio asked Fletcher if the assemblyman was currently under any ethics investigation. Fletcher said he wasn’t. As you’ll see below, the complaint in question was about Fletcher’s alleged misuse of a state account for the mayoral campaign. And it was dismissed.
After debate DeMaio campaign hands out ethics complaint against fletched dated march 26.Liam Dillon
Fletcher says he was unaware of any complaint and one was dismissed last year.Liam Dillon
Letter from the FPPC from @NathanFletcher’s campaign on a complaint about state $s for mayoral election. http://twitdoc.com/Z0TLiam Dillon
A few more notes re: Ethics Complaint on Fletcher. Letter his campaign provided didn’t deal with issue at play. Different state account.Liam Dillon
However, Ethics Commission sent me this. The complaint referenced at the debate today was dismissed yesterday http://twitdoc.com/Z0WLiam Dillon
Ethics head Fulhorst: “It’s 100% correct that Nathan had no way of knowing about this unless the complainant told him.”Liam Dillon
Liam Dillon is a news reporter for Voice of San Diego. He covers San Diego City Hall, the 2012 mayor’s race and big building projects. What should he write about next?
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