Unseated Aguirre Blames GOP, Newspaper for Loss

Judge Jan Goldsmith wins 60 to 40 percent

City Attorney Michael Aguirre faced the media Wednesday, placing blame on those he says led to his loss to Superior Court Judge Jan Goldsmith.

Among them: the local Republican Party, The San Diego Union-Tribune and the San Diego Chargers.

"They opposed me, and spent hundreds of thousands -- if not millions of dollars -- to try to drive me out of office, because they didn't like my substance," Aguirre said.

He alleged that the UT published 95 percent negative columns and editorials based on "misinformation and distortions."  The Chargers executives he said sent a "constant drumbeat" of negativity toward him.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Goldsmith won 60 to 40 percent.

At an election night party at the Westgate Hotel, Goldsmith said he ran "a good campaign." 

"I don't want to be a mayor -- I've already been a mayor," Goldsmith said.  "At this point, I want to be a city attorney."
He said his main goal was to rebuild the City Attorney's office.

Aguirre said he'll go back into law practice as a white-collar fraud litigator and that he has no plans to run for further office or resume civic activism

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