By Norma Damashek
In my previous commentary, Poor Mayor Faulconer I used words like inconsequential… vacuous… lightweight… ineffectual… to describe San Diego’s current mayor. Judging from readers’ responses, those adjectives seem to be right on target.
But the nagging question about how a political nonentity like Kevin Faulconer could run unopposed for a second term as mayor with nary a single qualified opponent willing to challenge him – has taken a new turn.
Gretchen Newsom – community activist, chairperson of the Ocean Beach town council, rejected contender for a temporary council appointment when Faulconer moved from his council office into the mayor’s office – shocked everyone at the recent County Democratic Party convention when she took the stage to declare that she would step into the void and challenge Faulconer in his run for reelection.
It was a strategic and gutsy decision that ought to put both the labor establishment and the local Democratic Party’s stagnant, bumbling, delinquent leadership to shame.