U-T San Diego is not pleased with Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher’s abandonment of the GOP. Not pleased at all.
The other day, it questioned his integrity as a former Marine: “He essentially left his colleagues behind, harming Republicans running for office.”
Our Scott Lewis writes in a commentary that there’s more to see here than just a newspaper vs. candidate grudge match: “The conversation opens a window into the newspaper’s worry about the Republican Party and a broader confusion in the community between party and principle. As people discuss Fletcher’s defection from the party, these two concepts seem to have become interchangeable. They are not.”
Lewis quotes U-T Editor Jeff Light, who expressed the editorial board’s worry about Congressman Bob Filner and asked Fletcher: “How can we get behind you given that we’ve got a lot of Republican backing and Republican tradition?”