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Tuesday, May 01, 2012 - Last Blog on Earth | News

Carl DeMaio asks former city manager for money

And then publicly slams him

By Kelly Davis
carldemaiocitybeat Carl DeMaio
- Photo by David Rolland
Today, Carl DeMaio's mayoral campaign posted to its website a blog titled "Old Guard Backs Fletcher." The piece points to a $500 donation (the maximum allowed by city campaign-finance rules) made to mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher's campaign by former San Diego City Manager Jack McGrory. 

Who's McGrory? In 1996, to save the city from having to make a large payment to its pension fund (putting on a top-notch Republican National Convention was more important), he came up with "Manager's Proposal 1"—if retirement-system trustees would allow the city to pay less into the fund, then city employees would get a boost in retirement benefits. (McGrory built in two safeguards: the deal would expire in 2009, and if the pension fund ever fell below a certain funding ratio, the city would have to make an immediate “balloon” payment. As we now know, that trigger was later ignored.) 

So, DeMaio, blasts Fletcher accepting donations from McGrory and from former Mayor Dick Murphy. He ends with this: “I don’t expect Assemblyman Fletcher to speak for those two individuals, but I do expect him to return the money. If you want to base your campaign on ‘leaving behind a system that is completely dysfunctional,’ then you should back your words up with actions. Return the money.”nnAs we highlighted in last week's issue, DeMaio often forgets to look before he leaps. Today, the Fletcher campaign sent around an email provided to them by McGrory:

From: Carl DeMaio
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 11:05:00 -0700
To: <jmcgrory@price-entities.com>
Subject: Can you do the same for me?

Jack:

I noticed you have maxed out to Fletcher for $500. It’s been 10 months, and he’s still last place in the polls – behind undecided. Can you also give $250 or more to me so you support me? Call me on my cell at (REDACTED) if you want to discuss.  I’d really appreciate the same level of support at this time!

-Carl

Oops.

Update: U-T San Diego reporter Jen Kuhney posted a response from DeMaio's spokesperson, Jeff Powell, to her Facebook page. In it, Powell blames the email to McGrory on an intern.

 
 
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