A GOP Hope in California

Kevin Faulconer after being inaugurated as mayor of San Diego, March 3, 2014 (Mike Blake / Reuters)
Kevin Faulconer, an ex-mayor of San Diego, runs for governor

Editor’s Note: Below is a version of a piece published in the current issue of National Review.

Any political pro, R or D, would have to admit this is a pretty good pitch:

What happened to the promise of California? State of natural wonders and free spirits, where innovators and visionaries create and build. Home of the American Dream. Birthplace of the future. Land of opportunity.

California has become the land of broken promises.

This is how a campaign video begins. Then the speaker says, “I’m Kevin Faulconer, and it doesn’t have to be this way.” That is an old political line, an old


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