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    When San Diego’s mayoral candidates released their latest fundraising totals this week, one number jumped out. Because it was so low.

    Democratic Congressman Bob Filner reported about $26,000 in available cash at the end of 2011, a figure nine times less than his next closest competitor, Republican District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, and almost 30 times less than the money leader, Republican City Councilman Carl DeMaio.

    “I need to have more money,” Filner said after a mayoral forum at a downtown condominium complex Thursday night. “I mean, that’s pretty clear.”

    The conventional wisdom has been that Filner can make it to June’s primary election with less cash because he’s the lone major Democrat in the race. He already has the endorsement, and presumably financial backing, of the local Democratic Party. But Filner said he needs more Democrats giving to him directly:

    Part of what’s going on is that the Republicans do need more money because they gotta hit each other. They wanna have me win so they’re going to fight each other. Second, I think the Democrats took it for granted that I was going to get into the runoff. They said, “You don’t need money.” I think they’re wrong. I hope this is a wakeup call that says, hey I can get screwed on here. I could be the odd man out. They’ve gotta come through and not just assume I’m going to make it. Because I don’t assume I’m going to make it.

    Filner’s take was a bit surprising because he’s the one who has said his party affiliation alone should be enough to guarantee he’ll make the November general election. To wit, here’s a Filner quotation VOSD on Facebook.

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      Written by Liam Dillon

      Liam Dillon is senior reporter and assistant editor for Voice of San Diego. He leads VOSD’s investigations and writes about how regular people interact with local government. What should he write about next? Please contact him directly at liam.dillon@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5663.

      8 comments
      Irvin krick
      Irvin krick subscriber

      Filner, he just needs to move on to retirement. Most the time when he is running for office he does not show up in San Diego. Now he wants to be the mayor???

      Irv
      Irv

      Filner, he just needs to move on to retirement. Most the time when he is running for office he does not show up in San Diego. Now he wants to be the mayor???

      Bob Spaulding
      Bob Spaulding subscribermember

      Mr. Filner seems to feel he is entitled to our support. Perhaps due to his heroic service in our esteemed House of Representatives, we are supposed to welcome his offer to step down and become our Mayor.

      EconProf
      EconProf

      Mr. Filner seems to feel he is entitled to our support. Perhaps due to his heroic service in our esteemed House of Representatives, we are supposed to welcome his offer to step down and become our Mayor.

      Lucas OConnor
      Lucas OConnor subscriber

      Patiently waiting for the first comparison of Filner/Fletcher to Frye/Shea. No rush of course.

      lucasoconnor
      lucasoconnor

      Patiently waiting for the first comparison of Filner/Fletcher to Frye/Shea. No rush of course.

      Jim Jones
      Jim Jones subscriber

      The Unions will pony up for Filner, as usual.

      Jim Jones
      Jim Jones

      The Unions will pony up for Filner, as usual.


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