Big News in Mayoral Election: Fletcher Quits the GOP

This morning, mayoral candidate, Nathan Fletcher announced that he was leaving the Republican Party to run as an independent candidate in San Diego’s mayoral election.

This is big news in light of the Republican party dilly dallying over the Transportation bill in the House. By making transportation a partisan issue, the Republican Party is alienating the next generation of voters as well has many of their long term supporters. By being the only mayoral candidate in San Diego’s history to come out strongly supporting bicycling as a mode of transportation, Fletcher has demonstrated a willingness to listen to the bicycling populace that vote.

It is already turning out to be an interesting mayoral race here. Has Fletcher switching party affiliation changed how you perceive him?