Mayoral debate in Hillcrest: Fletcher met with cheers while DeMaio faces booing crowdTop Highlights, Breaking News Thursday, March 29th, 2012
Just hours after former Republican candidate Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher announced he would be approaching the mayoral race as an Independent, all San Diego mayoral contenders met at the LGBT Community Center in Hillcrest in what became an evening of lively debate Wednesday evening.
The biggest applause was met when Fletcher criticized San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio for attacking his conservative credentials to Republican party officials. DeMaio retorted, “I have never criticized any of my opponents for their position—“ but was interrupted after the crowd booed him into silence, shouting “Liar, liar!”
While Fletcher’s switch garnered some attention, the debate remained focused on San Diego’s most important issues like repealing Prop 13, pension reform, homelessness, and taxes – including debate on which candidate would be best for the gay community in San Diego.
“I would not underestimate the power of electing and sending a message to San Diego and the United States to have a gay mayor of San Diego,” said District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.
“It could be that shattering of the glass ceiling, and all those shards of glass hitting the floor, sending a message that your orientation should not matter,” said DeMaio.
“I think at some point we have big substantive issues how we rebuild our economy our education system, how we rebuild our city services — so those are the issues we should be discussing,” said Fletcher after the forum.
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