The Return of Gentleman Jerry

I’ve had my disagreements with and disappointments in Mayor Jerry Sanders. But yesterday’s self-reversal on the issue of gay marriage was his finest hour and one of the most open and honest pronouncements by any San Diego politician that I can remember. Only a complete misanthrope (ah, that would be you, Rick Roberts – and shame on you KFMB for keeping that travesty of talk on the air) could not appreciate the depth of emotion and moral reflection that drove the Mayor to this decision. One may have legitimate disagreement on the policy the Mayor has endorsed but the Mayor must still be given his due for doing what he truly felt to be the right thing, political calculations be damned.

Of course, giving the misanthropic nature of many local erstwhile Republicans (all those little Rickys out there) this decision may well cost Sanders his reelection. Republicans are already talking about running a truer-red hearted candidate like Steve Francis. This time around, Francis might edge Sanders in the primary, coming in second to whomever the Democrats put forth. Such is the cost of principle in today’s politics.

But, Jerry Sanders, today you are that increasingly rare commodity. Today you are a leader.

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2 Responses to “The Return of Gentleman Jerry”

  1. mlaiuppa Says:

    Sorry, but I must disagree.

    Sanders announcement was less about finally doing the right thing and more about damage control. I suspect his daughter’s sexual orientation was about to hit a very public fan regarding his position and to minimize his hypocrisy he decided to flip-flop instead.

    I am glad he finally grew a pair and did the right thing, even if it was for the wrong reasons.

    And he did sound truly sincere.

    (The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you’ve got it made.)

    But I’m still not voting for him. (Or Steve Francis. Who are my other choices?)

  2. carlluna Says:

    Other possible choices currently:

    Denise Ducheny, Toni Atkins, Donna Frye.


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