SAN DIEGO – Former assemblyman Nathan Fletcher has decided to join the Democratic Party.
Fletcher posted a lengthy announcement to his Facebook page and in an email sent to supporters Saturday morning explaining his decision.
“I was reluctant to make this move. It wasn’t due to any doubt about where I belong. It was simple dread over the criticism I would face,” he said. “Despite my change in partisan affiliation, I have no animosity towards the Republican Party. I know many good people there, including friends, co-workers, and many I hold in high regard. I just owe it to them and myself to admit that I don’t belong anymore.”
Just over a year ago, Fletcher made national news when he switched from the Republican Party to become Independent in the middle of his campaign for Mayor of San Diego. He ended up losing the election to Democrat Bob Filner.
In 2008, Fletcher was elected to the State Assembly as a Republican. Since leaving office, he has secured a position with Qualcomm and UCSD.
The former politician also contributes to Fox 5 in a weekly segment called “Nathan Fletcher Notes.”