• The tension between the typical San Diego Republican like Fletcher and the new breed has been bubbling for a while. In late 2010, Scott Lewis explained how DeMaio and local GOP chief Tony Krvaric were creating a new base — away from what they called the "establishment" of the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Corp.
The piece ends with a prescient kicker about the chamber's once-sought-after blessing:
DeMaio says those blessings don't matter anymore. We'll soon see. The next test will be in the 2012 race for mayor. DeMaio clearly wants to run.
• One of Fletcher's campaign talking points has been his ability to cross the aisle and work with people of all backgrounds. Liam Dillon's piece earlier this year took a look at Fletcher the relationship-builder:
In politics, his approach has allowed him to win over San Diego's police union, the Democratic speaker of the Assembly and the parents of a murdered Poway teenager. In the Marines, it allowed him to turn potential adversaries, from war-weary Iraqi fathers to African tribesmen, into trusted sources.
• Fletcher was one of two Republicans in the Assembly to support Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown's tax reform plan last year:
"Sometimes we have to be willing to step out of our comfort zone just a little bit to do the right thing," Fletcher declared during the Assembly debate.
• A 2002 New York Times story on the troubles of the state Republican Party (which invokes a Monty Python sketch about a dead parrot that a store clerk argues is just resting) quotes Fletcher saying "We're not dead or resting, man. … We're moving forward.''
• Fletcher's push away from the party makes sense in his run for mayor. But it's perhaps most shocking because he's been considered a rising GOP star statewide. In February, a GOP strategist told the Sacramento Bee that if Fletcher becomes mayor, "then he's immediately on the short list for statewide office for the Republicans."
• Fletcher's snub by the local GOP was included in a Bee piece on Republican infighting at several levels. The Bee labeled Fletcher as one of a couple state Republicans who possibly could win future higher office in California.