In all fairness, Mayor Faulconer might not be the most unscrupulous politician to hold San Diego’s highest office but when a report claims he “is an abusive and politically polluted politician who honors his personal welfare over the citizens he is supposed to be serving”, it wouldn’t be right not to include him. Article
Although his term in office hasn’t yielded as many negative articles as some of his predecessors, it did produce one little gem claiming that “Kevin Faulconer’s problem is that he’s an embarrassment to his constituents. For how many years did the Spanos syndicate manipulate and extort this mayor? How many times did they slap him silly while he kept coming back for more?” It went on to claim that “We’ve got a mayor who is incapable of taking clear, decisive stands on big civic issues…” The entire feature reads like a Greek tragedy is is available for your perusal here. Article
If in fact Mayor Faulconer was manipulated and extorted, that would make him a weak leader, much like Paul Castellano’s leadership was perceived to be weak by his subordinates before their successful coup d’etat outside Sparks Steak House.