I am glad to see there was a lively debate yesterday over my blog. Although I can’t respond to every single comment, please let me add a few words in response to yesterday’s debate.

I would never be so bold as to characterize a man who has given his life to public safety and public service as a “one-trick pony,” as one person did. George dedicated himself to learning both the art and science of public safety so he could better protect people. It is hard to find fault in that. In addition, we should not dismiss his experience managing municipal budgets. The fact is that government budgets have different constraints than corporate budgets, and George is the only one with any experience managing them in this race.

As far as George’s experience as a businessman not being relevant because his business is small, that’s exactly the kind of person we need. Small businesses must operate with low overhead and on the leanest of budgets. They are the heart and soul of the American economy.

To those who dismissed me for my involvement in the San Diego City Firefighters Local 145: I am part of the 1,200 men and women who will come to help you at a moment’s notice when you call for help. Call me any name you like, but I will never back down from my work to support my brothers and sisters in the fire service.

Thanks again for the opportunity to be involved in this blog, and thanks to everyone who commented.

— FRANK DECLERCQ

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