We called her San Diego’s “most powerful politician,” a woman who fended off the old boys’ club to work her way up from the typing pool to a judgeship and then the district attorney’s job. But her upward trajectory stopped on Election Day. In a revealing interview, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis allocates some blame, throws a few political punches and sees a dicey future ahead for her adopted city.
Dumanis admits that she’s not sure she “articulated well enough what the difference was between running a large city and being a CEO and what a legislator does.” That was one of the subtler of many digs at Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who presumably drew votes from Dumanis. Neither made it into November’s run-off.
“For instance, now that Nathan and I are not in the race, I would like to see if there is going to be any company that’s going to hire him as a CEO with no experience,” she adds. Dumanis has more to spill: she says Fletcher promised her that he wouldn’t run.
Dumanis said no one told her to leave the race and she sees it as a victory of sorts: “I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that people are glad I’m staying the DA. I don’t take it as a loss, but as more of a re-election to DA.”
And she says she’s worried about the city’s future with the two candidates who advanced.