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Lessons to Learn in the Wilderness

I decided to put together a diary that would enable other depressed California activists to take advantage of our time in the wilderness as we suffer under the hand of reckless Democrat rule with seemingly no end in sight.

For those of you who may not watch politics that closely, the victory for Republican Kevin Faulconer in San Diego’s special mayoral election (the special election was triggered by the Aug. 30 resignation of Democratic Mayor Bob Filner amid sexual harassment accusations) last Tuesday has caused a stir among California Republicans. Such a stir, in fact, that the surprising landslide — Faulconer beat union-backed Democrat challenger David Alvarez by a margin of 54.5% to 45.5% — is causing the party to examine what Faulconer did to achieve this victory hoping for more clues for how to pull our party out of the California wilderness.

While there are a number of factors influencing the win that are standard political knowledge (Republicans always do better in special and off-year elections because more of our voters vote), this piece by Vince Vasquez, Senior Policy Analyst for a San Diego think-tank, brings focus to details that only locals and Californians would understand. For a teaser:

The City of San Diego’s recent mayoral election has statewide implications, particularly for the Republican Party. A closer look at the election finds some key lessons to be learned for future GOP candidates for non-partisan offices.

Vasquez’s observations are astute and informative and well-worth the read.

For other interesting detail and analysis, this piece and this piece and this piece are all worth the read to broaden your understanding and equip you with strategies for how Republicans can take back California or at least begin to make significant inroads.

While it is disturbing to hear in some of the pieces that Faulconer’s “moderate” approach to winning the election included what some highlighted as his pro-same-sex marriage position, the best analyses, in my opinion, are those that understand that mayors have little influence on this issue and generally downplayed its significance in the win. The left loves to grandstand on this point as if it matters more than it really does to the average voter in either party.

In other words, all elections are local and I think we can learn a lot from how Faulconer ran his campaign and won this fight.

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