San Diego Mayor Responds to Criticism Over His Parody Video

A parody video featuring San Diego's mayor and other leaders pokes fun at former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Gloria's former opponent in the mayoral race, Barbara Bry, and the video is drawing attention and criticism.

The video originally posted to YouTube but since removed, showed Mayor Todd Gloria and City Council Members Jen Campbell, Chris Cate and Stephen Whitburn in a parody to the tune of Mark Morrison's "Return of the Mack." Some of the lyrics call Bry "the status quo" that "has to go" and say of Faulconer, "he lied to me" about the changes he promised.

Mayor Gloria responded to the criticism of the video saying it was all part of annual tradition to support the nonprofit, the Downtown San Diego Partnership.

"This is a light-hearted video, a part of an annual event that supports our local non-profit and supports businesses in our downtown neighborhood. This is an event that is annual, the mayors of San Diego have participated in it for years and years and that's all there is to it," Mayor Gloria said on his 3 day trip to Washington D.C. where he is meeting with congressional leaders and White House officials to talk about border restrictions, housing and the infrastructure bill.

(Photo reporting partner 10News)

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