State Assemblyman and San Diego mayoral candidate Nathan Fletcher announced Tuesday that he has secured an endorsement from Padres broadcaster and former Marine Jerry Coleman.
The press conference also served as a release of Fletcher’s first web ad of his mayoral campaign, which briefly describes his tour of duty as a Marine in Iraq and Africa, and has a voice over of Coleman offering his endorsement of Fletcher.
“What he brings to these endeavors is the same leadership qualities, poise and character he exhibited as a combat Marine and that’s exactly what it’s going to take to turn City Hall around and get our city back on track,” Coleman says in the ad.
Coleman was unable to attend the event because of a minor medical condition that caused him to go to the hospital.
Fletcher accepted the nomination of the “true S.D. icon” who as a member of the baseball Hall of Fame, a veteran of World War II and the voice of the Padres embodies qualities that he strives to emulate as the city’s next mayor, he said.
“It gives you perspective for the rest of your life when you are responsible for the lives of men under your control, you have to make life and death decisions at times under direct enemy fire that gives you a perspective, a calmness, a toughness that is hard to replicate,” Fletcher said. “I’m committed to applying those lessons in my tenure as mayor.”