"What we got was a draft [of an invitation] that would imply that the Democratic Party"—and not the U-T San Diego—"was inviting candidates" to this event. Durfee said the invitation arrived with "no explanation, no discussion. They made no outreach whatsoever."Durfee said he has no plans to attend or to encourage Democratic candidates to attend. He pointed to recent U-T editorials that described Barack Obama as the worst president in U.S. history. Those and other editorials, he said, "are written in a way that suggests there's not the possibility of [the editorial board] being objective to Democratic candidates. We know that at the end of the day, in any competitive race, they will endorse a Republican.... It's not an open and fair process."
Hedgecock, the former mayor of San Diego and a radio talk-show host who's subbed for Rush Limbaugh, currently has his own segment on U-T TV.
Both groups, though, will still get to enjoy "networking and refreshments" in the (unpermitted) auto museum.