I got very fired up about Mayor Kevin Faulconer on Friday. (Notice I didn’t say I got fired up by Kevin Faulconer, because the only person who has ever said that is this guy.)
Faulconer released a statement in response to yet another story about how badly Republicans want him to run for governor. In the statement, he sort of, kind of, but not really – AGAIN – dispels a run.
My frustration here was two-fold. First, it’s with the mayor himself. If you’re going to take the time to write a statement about how you’re not running for governor, for the love of God, just SAY THE WORDS “I’M NOT RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR.” Instead, he spends an extraordinary amount of time not saying anything.
That’s where the second piece of the frustration comes in: State and national political reporters, who for more than a year have fawned over Faulconer, went into a frenzy over the statement.
Even before Faulconer’s statement, national outlets had spent the week salivating over him. Politico magazine declared him, in perhaps the biggest disconnect between local and national news I have ever seen, one of America’s most interesting mayors.
We Stand Up for You. Will You Stand Up for Us?
Never, never confuse back door politicking with vanilla. It is the Mayor's way of getting things done out of the public eye-this is NOT vanilla and anyone who sees this type of politics as vanilla is missing the point. It is going for a certain outcome without public discussion, which might hurt the position of the "powers that be" in San Diego .