Several political and community leaders in San Diego will be speaking Tuesday morning at a protest and media event calling out local Republican candidates who are backing Donald Trump or have been silent on his history of misogyny and sexual assault. At a time when many national Republican leaders have denounced their Party's nominee in no uncertain terms, some Republicans running for office in San Diego continue to back Trump, avoid responding to his outrageous behavior, or refuse to say who they're voting for.
The San Diego County Democratic Party Chair rebuked Donald Trump today hours before his campaign fundraiser in Del Mar, calling the presumptive Republican presidential nominee an unacceptable choice for voters of every political persuasion. "Donald Trump is a danger and a disgrace," said Francine Busby. "He has built a campaign around dividing and insulting the American people, and as a result he is temperamentally unfit and unqualified to be president."
San Diego County Democratic candidates and supporters will meet at the Westin Gaslamp Hotel downtown after the polls close on election night, watching as the returns come in and rallying for favorable results in key local elections. The event will include opportunities for candidates to address supporters and media representatives as official results are updated throughout the evening. The County Democratic Party is organizing precinct walks and phone banks with endorsed campaigns over the next week to turn out our voters.
San Diego Democrats and allies are organizing a peaceful protest in response to a rally today with Ted Cruz at the Town & Country Resort in Fashion Valley. The protesters will gather beginning at 4:30 p.m. along the Riverwalk Golf Course side of Fashion Valley Road, across from the event venue. San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Francine Busby issued a statement in response to his appearance, calling the Republican presidential candidate "reckless" and "a serious danger to the country."
“This hits so close to home. Many San Diegans have roots in San Bernardino and are hoping and praying for the safety of family and friends. Our hearts go out to them. But that is not enough. It is time that we acknowledge these acts as a form of terrorism. It is time that we focus attention and resources to protect American lives at home with the same determination that we do abroad. It is time for our leaders to stand up, grow a collective backbone, and organize to defeat the gun lobby and bring about common sense reforms that will save lives."
At the 6th Biennial San Diego County Democratic Convention, Gretchen Newsom, political director of IBEW Local 569 and Ocean Beach community leader, announced that she is running for mayor of San Diego. San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Francine Busby responded to the news, praising Newsom for her courageous decision.
Francine Busby, Chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party, issued a statement to the press regarding San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and his association with extremist presidential candidates and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC): "Express your disappointment that he has endorsed this extremist group. And let the legislators and lobbyists at the Manchester Grand Hyatt know that California, and specifically San Diego, is a ‘No ALEC Zone’!”
“This organization is a threat to democracy in the United States,” said Busby. “As the leader of one of the largest cities in the country, Mr. Faulconer should have the guts to stand up to this bill mill funded by corporate lobbyists and billionaires trying to drown out the voice of the people. The mayor claims to be a moderate Republican. He claims to serve everyone. He should prove that by standing up to corporate bullies and refusing to speak at the ALEC meeting.”
Two statewide constitutional officers were in San Diego Wednesday night to advocate for the activation and mobilization of Asian American and Pacific Islander voters. California Treasurer John Chiang and Controller Betty Yee attended a fundraiser hosted by the San Diego Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Democratic Club. The club raised more than $10,000 for a new AAPI voter registration and outreach program in San Diego County.
With nearly all ballots now counted, San Diego Democrats scored some major successes despite record-low turnout and a rough political climate. Fully 64% of the local candidates endorsed by the San Diego County Democratic Party won their races. As a result, Democrats will pick up new mayorships and gain seats and majorities on city councils and school boards in every part of the county.