Omen for 2014 Election?: Republican Kevin Faulconer Wins Big in San Diego
Does the recent election of a Republican for mayor of San Diego indicate what might happen in the upcoming 2014 election? “A pro-business Republican candidate was elected San Diego’s new mayor after a special election to replace Bob [Filthy] Filner, a disgraced Democrat ousted last year. With results in from all precincts, Kevin Faulconer had 54.5% of the votes on Wednesday, restoring city hall to GOP control. The result makes San Diego the largest US city under Republican control.”
In 2012, President Obama “defeated Mitt Romney by 25 percentage points among city voters, and Democrats enjoy a 13-point advantage over Republicans among registered city voters.”
Not even President Obama and help from the Democrat Establishment could help Democratic Councilman David Alvarez secure a win over Kevin Faulconer. Even the unions couldn’t bring home a victory.
While Faulconer is said to be a moderate Republican, some of his policies are far from moderate. During the campaign, “he highlighted his opposition to a 2010 ballot measure to raise the sales tax, which lost resoundingly, and his support for a 2012 measure to cut pensions for city workers, which passed overwhelmingly. Alvarez backed the losing sides.”
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Of course, this was a special election. But it might give us some indication what could happen in this off-year election. Reports are that the youth vote will most likely be down. Conservatives of the Tea Party stripe are ticked off and are ready to vote, and that means getting rid of as many Establishment Republicans as possible.
There’s this question being asked after John Boehner, along with 27 other Republicans, capitulated on the debt ceiling: “Why don’t we just re-elect Nancy Pelosi as speaker?”
“The bill passed by a vote of 221-201. Twenty-eight Republicans voted for the bill that is projected to allow $700 billion in new spending. Without their votes, it could not have passed.
“Those voting for it included Boehner, Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich, Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.”
From a WND article, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan), said, “We’re giving the Democrats exactly what they want, and somehow that’s a good thing? Why don’t we just re-elect Nancy Pelosi as speaker?” he wondered, adding, “She’s getting what she wants.”
Hopes of stopping the “clean” debt ceiling (actually, spending our money bill) reside in the Senate:
“Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, may have signaled his intention to launch another filibuster to try to stop the debt ceiling increase from passing in his chamber.
“He released a statement tonight that said, ‘I intend to object to any effort to raise the debt ceiling on a 50-vote threshold. I will insist instead on a 60-vote threshold, and if Republicans stand together we can demand meaningful spending restraint to help pull our nation back from the fiscal and economic cliff.’”
But that’s the question. Will Republicans stand together? If all the Republicans had stood together in the House, we would not have this new spending bill. 2014 may be our year to clean house. The Republican San Diego win might be an omen