During Sunday night’s NBC 7 San Diego debate, the four mayoral candidates were asked who they supported for president.

Carl DeMaio: pass. Bonnie Dumanis: pass. Bob Filner: full-throated endorsement of Democratic President Barack Obama. Nathan Fletcher: pass.

“Well, fortunately when you go independent you’re shut out of a lot of the primary process,” Fletcher said. “So we’ll have to wait for the general.”

The funny thing, though, is that one of the president candidates has already weighed in on the mayor’s race. And he backs Fletcher.

Republican Mitt Romney and his wife Ann each gave a maximum $500 contribution to the assemblyman’s campaign in August. Romney’s son Matt even planned to host a fundraiser for Fletcher last November, according to U-T San Diego.

So Fletcher hasn’t endorsed Romney, but the Romneys have put a good deal of money behind Fletcher. Of course, campaign finance records show the Romneys’ support came before Fletcher abandoned the GOP and became an independent in March.

Fletcher’s response on NBC gave me an excuse to check out a tip. I heard last week that Mitt Romney’s oceanfront home in La Jolla, the one he wants to nearly quadruple in size, had a Fletcher yard sign outside.

I drove up to Romney’s house on Wednesday. And I did find a Fletcher sign on the property. But it wasn’t posted. Instead, it was folded up and out of plain sight.

You can see Fletcher, and the other candidates, talk about the presidential race on this video. NBC’s Catherine Garcia asks the question at the 3 minute, 22 second mark.

View more videos at: http://nbcsandiego.com.

Liam Dillon is a news reporter for Voice of San Diego. He covers San Diego City Hall, the 2012 mayor’s race and big building projects. What should he write about next?

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    8 comments
    Kimberley Beatty
    Kimberley Beatty subscriber

    Thank you, B. Chris Brewster. Well documented!

    Kimberley
    Kimberley

    Thank you, B. Chris Brewster. Well documented!

    Charles Walls
    Charles Walls subscriber

    Fletcher is riding the whole "Independent" thing so no surprise he's unwilling to heartily endorse Romney. If Romney's numbers remain high through late summer I'm sure Fletcher will change his tune.

    CharlesWalls
    CharlesWalls

    Fletcher is riding the whole "Independent" thing so no surprise he's unwilling to heartily endorse Romney. If Romney's numbers remain high through late summer I'm sure Fletcher will change his tune.

    Chris Brewster
    Chris Brewster subscribermember

    Hence, if Mr. Fletcher wishes to vote for President Obama in the primary (or one of the American Independent Party candidates), he is free to do so. If he wishes to vote for one of the Republican candidates, he is not. Bottom line: Mr. Fletcher is only precluded from voting in the primary for a presidential candidate if he wishes to vote for a Republican. As well, the question was not who he would vote for, but who he supports. If you disagree with my evaluation, I am confident you’ll advise as such.

    B Chris Brewster
    B Chris Brewster

    Hence, if Mr. Fletcher wishes to vote for President Obama in the primary (or one of the American Independent Party candidates), he is free to do so. If he wishes to vote for one of the Republican candidates, he is not. Bottom line: Mr. Fletcher is only precluded from voting in the primary for a presidential candidate if he wishes to vote for a Republican. As well, the question was not who he would vote for, but who he supports. If you disagree with my evaluation, I am confident you’ll advise as such.

    Eric Spoerner
    Eric Spoerner subscriber

    Filner appears to be appropriating Obama's advertising successes for his own gain - a mailer that I received from the Filner campaign last week used the Obama "O" logo when spelling out the name "Bob".

    espoerner
    espoerner

    Filner appears to be appropriating Obama's advertising successes for his own gain - a mailer that I received from the Filner campaign last week used the Obama "O" logo when spelling out the name "Bob".


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