I was contacted more than a year ago by Carl DeMaio and he asked me to support his run for mayor of San Diego. At the time, it seemed like a positive and productive fit. I am a fiscal conservative and socially moderate, or even liberal.

Within a few weeks I was placed on DeMaio’s website as a Neighborhood Leader from Navajo (four communities located within City Council District 7), along with eight to 10 other community activists from other areas of San Diego. Additionally, I sent DeMaio a couple of modest contributions. My point being, is that I was committed to his campaign both mentally and with my wallet. I was “in.”

Roll forward to early 2012. I decided to support Mat Kostrinky, a Democrat, for City Council in District 7. Doesn’t matter why (although I have great reasons). It was my choice and it should have been respected.

A few weeks later I noticed that I was no longer on the DeMaio website. And some interesting “political gamesmanship” started coming my way from Carl DeMaio/Scott Sherman supporters in District 7.

Nathan Fletcher made the right decision. It took guts. And, look at all the non-conformist heat that has been flashed his way. It’s like the territorial surfing gangs are closing ranks and telling him to go surf in Mission Bay.

I have become convinced that a cadre of DeMaio supporters believe that intimidation and retribution is the path to political success. If they act like bullies before and during the election cycle, ponder how it will be if they are in power after the election.

I don’t believe that Fletcher will put the hammer down on non-supporters; or, classify citizens as “with me” people or “against my agenda” people. I have asked him point blank. I am convinced that he will surf with anyone, as long as they appreciate the ocean and respect the other surfers that want share in the joy of the wave.

Dale Peterson lives in San Carlos.

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