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.