Former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, who was considered one of the Republican Party's likeliest future contenders for statewide office before abandoning the party to become an independent last year, announced today that he has become a Democrat.
Fletcher, 36, abandoned the Republican Party in his failed campaign for San Diego mayor. It is unclear what ambition he may have within the Democratic Party.
Fletcher announced his change of registration on his Facebook page this morning, in a message he said he also sent donors and supporters.
"I was reluctant to make this move," Fletcher wrote. "It wasn't due to any doubt about where I belong. It was simple dread over the criticism I would face."
Fletcher said he does not know if he will run for office again but has no current plan to. He went to work for one of his district's largest employers, Qualcomm, when he left the Assembly in December.
Fletcher said in his Facebook post that the Democratic Party "reflects my values and beliefs." He said he watched President Bill Clinton's speech at the Democratic National Convention last year three times "trying to find something I disagreed with."
"I couldn't," Fletcher wrote. "It was clear - at least to me - that I was a Democrat."
PHOTO CREDIT: Nathan Fletcher speaks during an Assembly session on Jan. 30, 2012. AP Photo / Rich Pedroncelli