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GOP Loses Assembly Seat Today, Dropping to 27, as San Diego’s Fletcher Becomes Independent

Posted by Chris Nguyen on March 28, 2012

In a surprising move this morning, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (R-San Diego) became Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (NPP-San Diego).

“I want to share with you a decision I’ve been struggling with for some time,” Fletcher said in a video released this morning. “Today I’m leaving the Republican Party, becoming an independent. In my heart, I believe it’s what’s right and what best reflects my values. I also believe it’s what’s right for our city moving forward.”

I doubt this move is one of principle; it’s more likely a move to improve his sagging poll numbers, as Fletcher is trailing in the race for Mayor of San Diego.  The San Diego mayoral vote is on June 5.  The latest polls show Councilman Carl DeMaio (R) has 24% of the vote, Congressman Bob Filner (D) has 20% of the vote, and Fletcher tied with District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis (R) with 10% of the vote each.

H/T to OC Political friend Chuck Deyoe for sending the video at 6 AM.  (Sorry for taking so long to check my email, Chuck!)

See the full video below:

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