QCOM casts a vote for Fletcher

Independent pol leaves public life for Director position at tech giant

Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher's been known to make some major announcements. One such announcement came earlier this year during his run for mayor when he made national headlines for quitting the GOP party and becoming an independent. His announcement garnered an endorsement from http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/news-ticker/2012/may/31/bloomberg-endorsement-of-san-diegos-fletcher-focus/">New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and enticed local millionaires to buck up and create their very own pro-Fletcher Super PAC, http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/news-ticker/2012/jun/26/wealthy-donors-behind-la-jolla-super-pacs-independ/">icpurple.org.

Today, 12 hours after alerting his followers on Facebook, Fletcher announced that he was giving up public office to become Qualcomm's Senior Director of Corporate Development.

“I believe in the power of innovation to improve people’s lives,” https://www.facebook.com/nathan.fletcher?ref=stream">stated Fletcher in a lengthy Facebook post.

“Qualcomm brings innovation to people across the globe. They are a great community partner and provide good paying jobs for San Diegans. I am proud to join their team and look forward to helping advance these endeavors.”

The post also included some words from the company's chairman Dr. Paul Jacobs.

“Nathan Fletcher has tremendous talent, a great mind for business and shares our vision about the potential for technology and innovation. We are thrilled to have Nathan join us. His energy, passion and drive will be a great addition at Qualcomm.”

In his new role, Fletcher will develop "global strategies for advancing Qualcomm's mission in multiple areas. This will include wireless health initiatives, mobile education, and the protection of intellectual property. Fletcher will also help promote Qualcomm’s many corporate citizenship and philanthropic initiatives including employee volunteerism and other local and international initiatives under the company’s Corporate Foundation and Wireless Reach program. His position will not involve government relations or lobbying activities."

Lastly, Fletcher writes that he doesn't plan to disappear anytime soon from the public eye. "Fletcher plans to remain active in the community and will provide more information regarding other future endeavors in the coming months."

For more on Nathan Fletcher read Matt Potter's http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2012/may/23/cover-untold-stories/">cover story.


Oh here is no surprise! The folks at Qualcomm show good sense by keeping Nathan away from government lobbying, as he doubtless had plenty of exposure to that dark side as local chief of staff for now-jailed GOP Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham who was convicted of selling his votes for money and stuff.

Pudge Sanders wanted Fletcher's job at Qualcomm but Jacobs wouldn't hire him because his I.Q. was too low.

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