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    If there’s one thing that Democratic Congressman Bob Filner has proven himself good at during the San Diego mayoral campaign, it’s laying out a broad vision for the city’s future.

    If there’s one thing that Filner has failed at more than anything else, it’s providing any details, specifics or facts to back up his vision.

    The latest example comes today with the nonprofit Investigative Newsource taking Filner to task for botching basic facts about the Unified Port of San Diego. Recall that expanded maritime commerce at the port is the basis for Filner’s jobs plan. From the story:

    Yet during a fact-check of Filner’s interview, we noticed a few important claims made by the candidate that merited further review. What we found were a number of issues about which the Congressman was incorrect. What’s more, the Congressman has made many of these claims in the past — almost verbatim — while speaking with other news outlets.

    Filner talked about the lack of commerce, the number of longshoremen and the port’s niche. His claims were exaggerated or wrong, according to the report.

    This is a theme in Filner’s campaign. His most high-profile policy plank is his alternative to a June pension reform initiative. But Filner still hasn’t formally released it. We’ve chronicled that plan’s long and winding road.

    Our own Fact Check has taken on Filner six times during the campaign. He’s scored “Mostly True” or better in two of the claims, “Barely True” or worse four times, including one “Huckster Propaganda,” our worst rating.

    His August claim about wait times at competing ports earned a “False” rating.

    “I don’t want to call a congressman a liar,” the head of a nonprofit that tracks port shipping told us at the time, “but that’s just not true.”

    We’ve checked Filner’s opponents in the race, too. Here’s an up-to-date tally.

    Republican District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis

    Claims Checked: Four

    True: Two

    Barely True: One

    False: One

    Republican City Councilman Carl DeMaio

    Claims Checked: 10

    True: Three

    Mostly True: One

    Barely True: One

    False: Four

    Huckster Propaganda: One

    Independent Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher

    Claims Checked: 10

    True: Five

    Mostly True: One

    Barely True: One

    Misleading: One

    False: Two

    One note. DeMaio and Fletcher’s numbers are skewed a bit because we’ve checked multiple claims from each of them in single stories.

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

    Please contact him directly at liam.dillon@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5663.

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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.

      14 comments
      michael-leonard
      michael-leonard subscriber

      Also not debating Filner's motives. Try staying on topic, Jimmy.

      mlcred
      mlcred

      Also not debating Filner's motives. Try staying on topic, Jimmy.

      Jim Jones
      Jim Jones subscriber

      The only reason Filner makes this noise is for the transportation and longshoreman's unions, who give him money. Filner's donors are overwhelmingly union and he's looking to pay them back regardless of the cost to the non-union taxpayer.

      Jim Jones
      Jim Jones

      The only reason Filner makes this noise is for the transportation and longshoreman's unions, who give him money. Filner's donors are overwhelmingly union and he's looking to pay them back regardless of the cost to the non-union taxpayer.

      michael-leonard
      michael-leonard subscriber

      Obviously, SD can't compete with the port's of LA/Long Beach - nor should we WANT to! So, angling for cleaner smaller cargo business makes more sense.

      mlcred
      mlcred

      Obviously, SD can't compete with the port's of LA/Long Beach - nor should we WANT to! So, angling for cleaner smaller cargo business makes more sense.

      Dianne Parham
      Dianne Parham subscriber

      I agree with Jon--Filner doesn't act like someone who really wants to be mayor. He is either very confident that he will win as a Democrat (I think Fletcher has managed to punch a hole in that illusion) or he doesn't care if he wins or not. How hard is it for a politician to to check his or her facts before he or she opens his or her mouth? Clearly all of them treat truth as a rubber band. Doesn't make any of the mayoral choices very impressive. If you can't trust them now, how do you trust them when they are in office?

      dialyn
      dialyn

      I agree with Jon--Filner doesn't act like someone who really wants to be mayor. He is either very confident that he will win as a Democrat (I think Fletcher has managed to punch a hole in that illusion) or he doesn't care if he wins or not. How hard is it for a politician to to check his or her facts before he or she opens his or her mouth? Clearly all of them treat truth as a rubber band. Doesn't make any of the mayoral choices very impressive. If you can't trust them now, how do you trust them when they are in office?

      Richard Ross
      Richard Ross subscribermember

      Which one is the least transparent? Fletcher wins that one hands down with his orchestrating raising the redevelopment CAP behind closed doors.

      Activist
      Activist

      Which one is the least transparent? Fletcher wins that one hands down with his orchestrating raising the redevelopment CAP behind closed doors.

      Jon Osborn
      Jon Osborn subscriber

      To listen to Filner talk, you'd think he doesn't really want to be mayor. With his "marriage stinks" comment, this Port baloney and his "little joke that couldn't," he's a one-man Three Stooges on the campaign.

      Jon Osborn
      Jon Osborn

      To listen to Filner talk, you'd think he doesn't really want to be mayor. With his "marriage stinks" comment, this Port baloney and his "little joke that couldn't," he's a one-man Three Stooges on the campaign.

      Bill Bradshaw
      Bill Bradshaw subscribermember

      Think someone should tell Bob?

      toulon
      toulon

      Think someone should tell Bob?


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