Monday, March 10, 2008

Preview: Aguirre vs. Peters

Tuesday evening the Democratic Central Committee will be meeting to discuss endorsements for the upcoming races in June. The big item on the agenda will be the endorsement in the San Diego City Attorney's race. Last November incumbent City Attorney Mike Aguirre came up two votes short of the 60% threshold in order to receive the early incumbent endorsement. Since then council president Scott Peters has joined the race for city attorney and will also be seeking the party endorsement. It should also be noted that when Scott Peters ran for re-election back in 2004, he didn't win the early incumbent then, instead is went to Kathryn Burton. If the November central committee meeting was any indication, Tuesday night's meeting stands to be quite contentious.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Go Scott go!

Anonymous said...

I remember it differently ...

Burton was able to block the early endorsement, but the Party didn't endorse her or anyone else in the 2004 primary.

Anonymous said...

I was there in 2004. Burton and Peters received a co-endorsement.

Anonymous said...

The vote was 29 to endorse Mike and 20 for no endorsement. Mike got 59 % of the vote which is less than the 60 percent required to endorse so Mike has no endorsement in 2008 from the party. Scott wasn't warmly received however he is now the stronger Dem in the race.

Anonymous said...

Tonight was a huge victory for Scott. Mike tried to bully his way to an endorsement and failed. Scott may need a lesson in how to win over Democratic party activists, but he was able to do what is vurtually unheard of: block a sitting democratic incumbent from getting the party endorsement.

Anonymous said...

Aguirre was insufferable with his typical BS. It would have been embarassing to be a Democrat if that charlatan Aguirre captured the endorsement. The party needs to come to grips that he is not viable.

Anonymous said...

Woah, woah, woah. . .are we really backing Peters? Really? The same Scott Peters who sold out the Democratic Party as soon as he got elected? The same Scott Peters who took the wrong side of every progressive issue during the last 8 years? Really? Really?

Look, Mike is a disaster, but he's at least he didn't sell out every progressive in the process. Ick.

Anonymous said...

What are you talking about?

Say what you want, but Peters' Dem record is pretty good.

Supported: Same sex marriage, Wal-Mart ban, CPI's langauge for the General Plan, Fire Fighter pay raises, Mayor's control over the auditor, recycled water, needle exchange, mandatory recycling.

Opposed: Trestles toll road, Wal-Mart, the 2/3 veto, Aguirre's attack on employee benefits.

Anonymous said...

"Look, Mike is a disaster, but he's at least he didn't sell out every progressive in the process. Ick."

Mike Aguirre has sold out everything and everyone he could to grab a headline and some political points. He is one of the most selfish politicians I've ever seen.

On privatization, he endorsed it, argued for it at public debates, and voted for . He sold out to stay out of the crosshairs of Tom Shepard and the GOP at the expense of city employees.

On the pension, he attacked unions and every member of the city council, including the progressives, in order to granstand himself as a RFK wannabe. Instead of talking about how the city needs to actually raise money to stop being broke, he blamed employees and the council members of the time (which had less to do with the deficit than the council members of the Golding era) to seem tough.

On the Mount Soledad cross, he bowed to the pressure of the Right. When the church and state rulings in KY and TX came out, he said he thought those opinions spelled doom for the Cross, but he advised that the city fight for it anyway because he was afraid Roger would come after him. God forbid.

Mike Aguirre is a sellout.

La Playa Heritage said...

Denise Ducheny owns land within the 30-foot Coastal Height Limit in the City of San Diego. This bill will help her break the 30-foot height limits for her own interests.

Scott Peters, Toni Atkins, and Ben Hueso all voted for Jerry Sanders loophole-filled version of Density Bonus. Only Donna Frye voted for the environment. Mike Aguirre wrote an alternate version of Density Bonus that followed state law and closed all the loopholes. Now all Density Bonus incentives are ministerial, over-the-counter review, not subject to CEQA, and do not have to pay for mitigation for fire, police, parks, etc.

Anonymous said...

Scott Peters?? Are you kidding me? Am I in some sort of altered Universe? Wasnt this guy indicted in the Kroll report and then we later received hard evidence that he LIED about his role in the pension scandal. An environmentalist? He has voted for every ant-environmental pro-developer policy in history. I need to get my passport ready so I can emmigrate out of the country is this is what we have come to.