The Many Faces of Nathan Fletcher

The Many Faces of Nathan Fletcher

Photos by Sam Hodgson and Jamie Scott Lytle

Nathan Fletcher

San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher faces an obvious question as he gears up to run in the Nov. 19 special election to replace Bob Filner: Who are you?

Twice in the last 14 months, Fletcher, a former assemblyman and 2012 mayoral candidate, switched political parties. First, in the thick of the last election, Fletcher went from Republican to independent. Then in May, he became a Democrat.

We’ve put together an interactive timeline of Fletcher’s political history from 2001 to the present focusing on his boldest positions and endorsements. Some highlights:

• March 12, 2007: Signs Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge, considered a litmus test for Republicans and a bugbear for Democrats. Five years later, Fletcher said he wouldn’t sign it again.

• March 10, 2012: Touts that he voted to eliminate welfare in a speech to local Republicans.

• March 29, 2012: A day after becoming an independent, Fletcher says he never considered registering as a Democrat because “there’s unwillingness on that side as well to step out and solve problems.”

• May 5, 2013: Joins the Democratic Party and says he has no plans to run for office. Three and a half months later, he announces a mayoral bid.

We also did a Q-and-A with Fletcher to talk about the ways in which he’s changed. He says his transition from Republican to independent to Democrat could have been smoother, but all he can do is explain his positions now.

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Liam Dillon

Liam Dillon

Liam Dillon is senior reporter and assistant editor for Voice of San Diego. He leads VOSD’s investigations and writes about how regular people interact with local government. What should he write about next? Please contact him directly at liam.dillon@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5663.

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Truth Speaks
Truth Speaks

Nathan Fletcher Facts.. A True Republican Just "Follow the Money" 1 ATT $9400 2Chevron $7800 3Manchester $7800 4Sempra $7800 5 Philip Morris $7800 6 Ca Bankers $6900 7Bank Of America $5000 8 PGE $5400

DrakeT921
DrakeT921

San Diego grassroots organizations of both conservatives and liberals can't stand Fletcher because he's a shell, saying ANYTHING to achieve higher office. His narrative is insulting to us. He has no principles, and he is now the Union's guy despite Fletcher being in being a previous supporter of Pension Reform Prop B, which the unions VEHEMENTLY opposed. A shape-shifting politician, and a talented one too! Hopefully voters won't be fooled.

Truth Speaks
Truth Speaks

On environmental issues: F Fletcher’s voting record is ranked at 36% by the Sierra Club and 48% by the California League of Conservation Voters (Lifetime score). On women’s issues: F Fletcher gets a 23% ranking from the California chapter of the National Organization of Women. On LGBT issues: D Fletcher gets a 29%, 54%, and 92% ranking from Equality California. Two F’s and an A give him a D. On seniors and Social Security: D Fletcher gets a 68% ranking from the Congress of California Seniors. His earlier scores were all F’s at 20%, 21%, and 35% but let’s give him a mercy D. On labor: F- Fletcher gets a 29% ranking from the California Labor Federation (note this had dropped to 18% in the latest report). On consumer issues: F Fletcher is ranked at 19% by the Consumer Federation. Looking for an A? Try the Chamber of Commerce who ranks Fletcher’s voting record at 92%. He’s also up there with a 94% record with the California Taxpayers Association and a 91.5% record with the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Kissing Grover Norquist’s and the anti-tax zealots’ posteriors: A So if you are looking for a candidate who always does whatever big business and the 1% ask of him, Nathan Fletcher is your man."

Elmer Walker
Elmer Walker

Fletcher has become the monkey on a chain for his union handlers. With him as mayor the payback to the unions will be devastating. Higher taxes, new taxes, continued deferred maintenance will be the norm with the additional funds increasing union pay and benefits. Wasn't Filners socialistic position enough. Let's not put a Democratic in office until we have a sur

Elmer Walker
Elmer Walker subscriber

Fletcher has become the monkey on a chain for his union handlers. With him as mayor the payback to the unions will be devastating. Higher taxes, new taxes, continued deferred maintenance will be the norm with the additional funds increasing union pay and benefits. Wasn't Filners socialistic position enough. Let's not put a Democratic in office until we have a sur

David Crossley
David Crossley

The 3 pictures at the top--which one is the Republican Fletcher, which one is the independent, and which one is the Democrat?

David Crossley
David Crossley subscriber

The 3 pictures at the top--which one is the Republican Fletcher, which one is the independent, and which one is the Democrat?

Jim Jones
Jim Jones

Fletcher will say whatever he thinks people want to hear. The city leans right, so does he, it shifts left, so does he. He's not genuine.

Jim Jones
Jim Jones subscriber

Fletcher will say whatever he thinks people want to hear. The city leans right, so does he, it shifts left, so does he. He's not genuine.

Michael Higham
Michael Higham

Technically, Fletcher only switched parties once. The move to independent wasn't a move to another party. He did switch political preference twice, though. ;)

Michael Higham
Michael Higham subscriber

Technically, Fletcher only switched parties once. The move to independent wasn't a move to another party. He did switch political preference twice, though. ;)