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LOS ANGELES TIMES: A GOP governor in California is a long shot. But this year proved anything is possible

No Republican can be elected to statewide office in California, right? Everyone knows that. The tarnished GOP brand repels voters.

But that’s not quite as certain an axiom as it was before last month’s election.

And termed-out moderate Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer, 53, of San Diego seems intent on testing the conventional wisdom by challenging Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s expected reelection bid in 2022.

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SJV SUN: San Diego Mayor Faulconer, Newsom’s top antagonist, tackles the COVID crisis and 2022

If there’s a chief antagonist to Gov. Gavin Newsom amid a global pandemic, it’s likely San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

Newsom’s lengthy, regular briefings on the coronavirus pandemic combined with shifting edicts that have affected vast swaths of the California economy in the name of public health have regularly been met with pithy letters, tweets, and public condemnation from the San Diewgo Mayor.

Faulconer, a Republican running America’s Finest City, was long-speculated as a potential challenger to Newsom, first in 2018, and now for 2022.

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THE HILL: Former San Diego mayor to consider run for governor

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer (R) will explore a run against California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), he announced on Twitter Monday morning.

Faulconer, 53, left office last month after serving for six years. A relative centrist, he represents the Republican Party’s best chance of electing a governor in a state that has turned increasingly blue over the last decade…

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FOX NEWS: America’s Newsroom: San Diego mayor slams Newsom’s coronavirus lockdowns…

The Republican mayor of San Diego,  Kevin Faulconer, called out Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom Friday over the growing frustration in the state newly imposed coronavirus restrictions, telling Fox News there is “no science behind” the orders.

“We get new executive orders with no science behind it, and so when you see this new order that says, for example, we’re going to shut down outdoor dining, which has been working very successfully, when it says we’re going to shut down playgrounds for families and kids, once again there’s no science behind it, and that’s why you see this growing anger and frustration,” Faulconer told “America’s Newsroom” Friday.

Newsom said this week new restrictions will be implemented due to a surge in coronavirus cases and unveiled plans for a regional stay-at-home order. The California governor also announced Thursday he will likely order businesses such as bars and salons to shut down in the coming days…

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WASHINGTON TIMES: San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer could be California’s first GOP governor since Schwarzenegger

Kevin Faulconer may not be your typical Republican, but he might be just the guy to help the GOP retake the governor’s mansion in California for the first time in a decade.

The San Diego mayor, who is on his way out of office after two terms, is pro-abortion rights, a vocal supporter of the gay community, and has a plan to combat climate change. He also helped spearhead efforts getting San Diego County to be the only county in the state to see a reduction in homelessness last year.

San Diego was once a reliably conservative city that over the past three decadesmorphed into deep-blue territory, but Faulconer, 53, still managed to win elections where San Diego County Democrats outnumber Republicans by over 240,000.

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