Editorial: OB Rag Endorses Bob Filner for Mayor of San Diego

by on May 10, 2012 · 9 comments

in California, Civil Rights, Economy, Election, Labor, Politics, San Diego, Women's Rights

The OB Rag endorses Congressman Bob Filner for Mayor of San Diego.

We do not endorse Bob Filner because of this or that of his policies, or because of this or that of the policies of his opponents.

We endorse Bob Filner because of his character, the content of  his character.

We endorse Bob Filner because his character has been honed by his work and struggle on behalf of the common person in San Diego over the last four decades.

This was demonstrated by his work, first, on the San Diego School Board, and then by his work on the San Diego City Council.  While in these seats of government, Filner spoke truth to power and he – at times – was a lone voice that stood up against San Diego’s Republican establishment.

Then in Congress, Bob Filner continued his work on behalf of the people of San Diego and Imperial Counties. While in Washington DC Filner displayed that he was one of the most dedicated and committed Representatives for the common people.  He clearly showed his commitment to the Mexican-American communities of California’s most southern counties while in Congress.  Plus he initiated many worthwhile programs for veterans, giving them a friend in Congress while those who sent them off to war, ignored them.

In a Bob Filner mayoral administration in San Diego, we would expect to see a much more transparent model of governance, as he would open up channels and connections to his office never before seen in this City by the Bay. His championing of the civil rights of African-Americans in his early days and his connections to Mexican-Americans in his later days would result in the most socially and politically conscious administration ever to be seen in San Diego.

Filner’s support for women’s health, his understanding of the value of the common laboring person, his knowledge of the educational system, and in how government needs to be pushed and pressured in order for it to serve the folks on the lower rungs of the economy would usher in an administration that would be a first of its kind in the history of City government in San Diego.  City government here has often kowtowed to the large financial interests and Filner is very able to deal with those interests  at this level of government.  He alone among the candidates has shown compassion for the homeless and the problem of homelessness.

Filner would most assuredly be developing the economy of the area, focusing on jobs and housing.  While in Congress, Filner fought against the usurpation of people’s homes by banks, offering to get arrested himself in preventing foreclosures that would have turned people into the streets.

By his character, we can see a Filner administration standing up and opposing more corporate give-aways, and the blocking of public land transfers to the private sector.

Bob Filner understands the role of government. Especially the role of government in hard economic times. Filner will continue to challenge the establishment, and will, in the end, reflect the changing demographics to our vibrant City.

He is the best there is on the ballot this June 5th.  We are honored to endorse Bob Filner for Mayor of San Diego.

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avatar Ernie McCray May 10, 2012 at 11:15 am

Hear! Hear! This city would have a much different feel, a nice feeling with a mayor for the people. Bob is an old friend and I know he is dedicated to the making of a better world.

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avatar Brenda McFarlane May 10, 2012 at 11:25 am

I was going to vote for Filner as the only choice but knowing that the OB Rag endorses him makes me feel better about it. Still, I had lingering doubts about Filner’s character, however Ernie McCray’s willingness to speak on behalf of Filner is very impressive. Ernie is one of the wisest people I know and any friend of Ernie’s is a friend of mine.

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avatar Frank Gormlie May 10, 2012 at 11:53 am

Yeah, I know, Ernie is older (thank god!) and wiser.

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avatar La Playa Heritage May 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Great article on another civic endorsement for Bob Filner for Mayor of San Diego.

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avatar jim grant May 10, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Really ….what a joke Filner cant even wait for a sentence to be finished before he lights into you …He is confrontational , abrasive , harsh and so weak in his ability to speak a fluid sentence that actually makes sense. I get embarrassed listening to him speak and I just now at 55 got my GED !!

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avatar Steve Paulson May 10, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Bob Filner has lived his entire life standing up for what he thought was right. Whether you agree or disagree with his views he has always taken a principled stand for what he believes in no matter if it was popular or not. With Politicians lying to the public while making secret agreements in closed door meetings like Dirty Boy DeMaio or making claims that they are an Independent after the Republican establishment does not indorse them like http://www.flipflopfletcher.com did yet he still has the same Republican policies. Bob Filner is the only candidate who has been completely honest.

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avatar Anna Daniels May 12, 2012 at 7:24 pm

At the Filner fundraiser today- Sat May 12, Bob named the groups which have endorsed him. He referred specifically to the OBRag endorsement, for underscoring the importance of character. There was applause all around for the OBRag.

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avatar Frank Gormlie May 12, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Great news Anna! Policies are important, but where do they come from? Character, and then character is molded from experiences based on policies – or philosophies, so it is dialectical.

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avatar Brittany Bailey May 14, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Frank,

I just wanted to take a moment to thank YOU for letting all of us talk this out democratically. Partisanship aside, I’m really happy we got to sit around Brenda’s fire and hash out (ha!) our ideas about the candidates. I think it was important to all of us to choose a candidate with character and integrity.

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