Republican wins San Diego mayoral special election

posted at 10:41 am on February 12, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

As my good friend Andrew Malcolm wrote when he sent me the link to this story, “Wouldn’t that be a nice trend to write about?” Indeed it would, but I’ll settle for this surprise (and rare) victory for California Republicans in San Diego, where the GOP won a special mayoral election in the wake of Democratic scandal:

Republican Councilman Kevin Faulconer has defeated Democratic Councilman David Alvarez, 54.5% to 45.5%, to become the city’s next mayor, according to unofficial results tallied by the county registrar of voters.

The tally includes all absentee votes and votes from all 582 precincts. Unofficial turnout for the special election was 37%.

That’s a big turnout for a special election in a municipal race, which means that the usual caveats about odd turnout models probably don’t apply. The decisive margin of victory might come as a surprise, too, especially against a young Democrat considered an up-and-comer in the party.

He’ll get to fill out the final 33 months of the term won initially by former Democratic Rep. Bob Filner, who resigned in disgrace after a string of sexual harassment allegations were made public. The ex-mayor is now serving a home-detention sentence for criminal abuse convictions. Filner left the city in a mess from a management point of view as well, which means Faulconer has his work cut out for him.

Will this be a trend? Actually, San Diego had been a Republican-leaning municipality before Filner; seven of the previous ten mayors had been Republican. The question will be whether Filner turns out to be a hiccup on Democratic progress in gaining control of the city, or a hiccup in the traditional trust San Diego voters put in the GOP. It would be nice if Republicans were even this competitive in other major urban centers, but perhaps Faulconer can set an example that will boost those chances in the future.


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Schadenfreude on February 12, 2014 at 12:21 PM

I don’t know if it’s discipline or if their heads are just full of concrete and they are incapable of lateral thinking.

crankyoldlady on February 12, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Can he actually do any good out there, or is he just another Republican in name only?

nirvana on February 12, 2014 at 12:30 PM

This is going to be all over the MSM as to how 2014 is going to turn out. Right? I’m sure of it. Wait…what?

jukin3 on February 12, 2014 at 12:33 PM

I don’t suppose we could get rid of that screencap. Every time I look at it, I smell bad breath.

CurtZHP on February 12, 2014 at 12:37 PM

I’m guessing Faulconer doesn’t have Filner’s winning smile.

bmmg39 on February 12, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Kevin Faulconer is basically a Democrat in republican clothing. Pro abortion, pro Amnesty, anti-2nd amendment tax and spend. the only reason he won, is because Filner put a bad taste in San Diegans mouths concerning Democrats.
oscarwilde on February 12, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Falcouner also called for the repeal of the Arizona illegal immigration law.

Wendy Davis is probably more of a conservative than this guy.

bluegill on February 12, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 11:15 AM

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Eric, hawkdriver, hawkdriver, Eric. Though the two of you are really quite different from one another. I suspect you will get on well. ; )

Bmore on February 12, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Will this be a trend? Actually, San Diego had been a Republican-leaning municipality before Filner; seven of the previous ten mayors had been Republican. The question will be whether Filner turns out to be a hiccup on Democratic progress in gaining control of the city, or a hiccup in the traditional trust San Diego voters put in the GOP. It would be nice if Republicans were even this competitive in other major urban centers, but perhaps Faulconer can set an example that will boost those chances in the future.

Ed, you should see where Falcouner stands on the issues before getting too excited. Didn’t Bloomberg also once call himself Republican? Did you also celebrate his mayoral election victories?

Thanks to decades of mass, unchecked illegal immigration, California is mostly lost. You can forget about ever again electing a conservative state-wide in California. Pass another round of nationwide illegal alien amnesty and you can eventually forget about ever again electing a conservative president.

bluegill on February 12, 2014 at 12:56 PM

This is going to be all over the MSM as to how 2014 is going to turn out. Right? I’m sure of it. Wait…what?

jukin3 on February 12, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Shorter:

“What election?” – MSM

Seven Percent Solution on February 12, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Obama won San Diego 63/37 in the last election…are the sheep waking up???…

PatriotRider on February 12, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Whoa, give San Diego some credit. San Diego was reliably Republican until 2008 due to its large military presence. Obama only won San Diego County 52-45 in 2012 and the city tends to be just as conservative.

Bravesbill on February 12, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Outside of the local L.A. and San Diego area, there is virtually no mention of this WIN, in California media, even though Faulconer is very liberal.

It’s important to note that obama recently endorsed the Latino democrat candidate, David Alvarez, and yet, Faulconer still won by a huge margin.

Pork-Chop on February 12, 2014 at 1:23 PM

I’m not forgetting the fact that the Dems went totally to the mat for Filner while he was still fighting for his position. If it had only been a handful of women that Filner had pawed and groped in his “illustrious” career, the Dems and the unions would have been able to buy them off or slut-shame them into submission (the latter to the accompaniment of thunderous crickets from the “GOP War on Wymynzzz” crowd). But like the Indians at Wounded Knee, they kept coming and coming and coming …

I like to think the voters in San Diego remembered that as well, and punished the Dems for it here.

Gator Country on February 12, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Just the beginning of what is coming in November.

Amazingoly on February 12, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Like most big cities, the population of San Diego has changed and is now predominantly poorer and more dependent on government services. San Diego County is still very Republican, but the city is not so much anymore, as the Republicans have fled from the bad schools and fiscal instability of the city into the suburbs.

rockmom on February 12, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Yep. North county (including coastal) is largely outside of San Diego city and is heavily populated suburbia. I’m barely in the city – it was unincorporated until the city grabbed it for the property taxes to pay for their largess.

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Like most big cities, the population of San Diego has changed and is now predominantly poorer and more dependent on government services. San Diego County is still very Republican, but the city is not so much anymore, as the Republicans have fled from the bad schools and fiscal instability of the city into the suburbs.
rockmom on February 12, 2014 at 11:50 AM

While there’s no way of knowing if these predictions are accurate, the data provide some insights. In 2012, the Pew Research Center’s National Survey of Latinos found that among Latino immigrants who are not U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents (and therefore likely unauthorized immigrants), some 31% identify as Democrats and just 4% as Republicans. An additional 33% say they are political independents, 16% mention some other political party and 15% say they “don’t know” or refuse to answer the question.

from: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/07/22/are-unauthorized-immigrants-overwhelmingly-democrats/

bluegill on February 12, 2014 at 1:41 PM

I’m so shallow that I don’t understand how someone that goony looking got elected in the first place. I am sure my current knowledge of him plays into it but he gives me the willies.

Cindy Munford on February 12, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Filner ran a disgusting campaign. I was shocked that he won. For example, he ran an ad with the children of a dead police officer suggesting that DeMaio’s opposition to a labor bill and pension bill (that included police KIA survivor benefits) was like killing their dad all over again. Despicable. He was clearly a scumbag before he won; it should be no surprise that he was later exposed for even the blind to see that he is a scumbag.

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Illegal alien amnesty will only make the situation much, much worse.

bluegill on February 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM

I’m so shallow that I don’t understand how someone that goony looking got elected in the first place. I am sure my current knowledge of him plays into it but he gives me the willies.
Cindy Munford on February 12, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Anyone else here ever think Filner reminded them of this?:
http://youtu.be/ihINnlOG6Qk

bluegill on February 12, 2014 at 1:48 PM

So,

APACHEWHOKNOWS on February 12, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Further proof that the Republicans are dead if they don’\t pass Amnesty…

DaMav on February 12, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Filner ran a disgusting campaign. I was shocked that he won. For example, he ran an ad with the children of a dead police officer suggesting that DeMaio’s opposition to a labor bill and pension bill (that included police KIA survivor benefits) was like killing their dad all over again. Despicable. He was clearly a scumbag before he won; it should be no surprise that he was later exposed for even the blind to see that he is a scumbag.

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 1:42 PM

I’ll say. And ratface hadn’t changed a bit. The azz ran absolutely despicable, lying TV ads about Nick Popaditch in 2010. Nick is a close friend, a Silver Star cited Marine forced to retire after being hit by an RPG at the start of the first battle for Fallujah. Without a doubt the most honorable man I’ve ever met. Yet Filner had no problem what so ever just lying his azz off. I can count the people I truly despise on one hand, and the middle finger is reserved for Filner.

JusDreamin on February 12, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Like most big cities, the population of San Diego has changed and is now predominantly poorer and more dependent on government services. San Diego County is still very Republican, but the city is not so much anymore, as the Republicans have fled from the bad schools and fiscal instability of the city into the suburbs.

rockmom on February 12, 2014 at 11:50 AM

That’s true to an extent. Filner did only win by 5 points whereas Obama won by 7 in the county so they’re still fairly equal in conservativeness. The conservative north and east (La Mesa, El Cajon) are negated by the predominately liberal south (Chula Vista, National City, San Ysidro).

Bravesbill on February 12, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Faulconer’s team pulled off a brilliant last minute charge. There were negative anti-Faulconer campaign commercials all over the TV for several weeks, and then, in the last 10 days before the election, they struck.

Simple, clear, direct messages tying Alvarez to big, corrupt, municipal-budget destroying, pension-bloating union bosses. Who wants a mayor who took $4Million in campaign funds from the same folks who destroyed the cities finances over the last two decades? It was a very well-timed program by the Faulconer team.

No idea how much good news this means for San Diego. We had a Republican mayor fairly recently, and it didn’t keep things from going bad. Maybe some of the citizenry woke up after realizing what a mistake it was to elect Filthner, and decided to give the other side another try. Now for the city council…

Freelancer on February 12, 2014 at 8:49 PM

He was clearly a scumbag before he won; it should be no surprise that he was later exposed for even the blind to see that he is a scumbag.

besser tot als rot on February 12, 2014 at 1:42 PM

I don’t know how long you’ve been here Better Dead, but I’ve known about the rumors swirling around Filner for the thick end of 35 years. By the time he was elected mayor there wasn’t a hell of a lot left to expose. The majority who voted for that freak got the shaming they deserved this time around.

BillH on February 13, 2014 at 3:19 AM

I’ll say. And ratface hadn’t changed a bit. The azz ran absolutely despicable, lying TV ads about Nick Popaditch in 2010. Nick is a close friend, a Silver Star cited Marine forced to retire after being hit by an RPG at the start of the first battle for Fallujah. Without a doubt the most honorable man I’ve ever met. Yet Filner had no problem what so ever just lying his azz off. I can count the people I truly despise on one hand, and the middle finger is reserved for Filner.

JusDreamin on February 12, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Is there any word about Popadich running again? He’s in my district (was, anyway), and I would support him a 3rd time no questions asked.

BillH on February 13, 2014 at 3:25 AM

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