|U.S. House, California, District 52|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|San Diego City Council|
DeMaio, who is openly gay, attracted national attention for his ideas on how to reform governance in San Diego. He is a leading advocate of pension reform and managed competition. A Republican who describes himself as a "taxpayer watchdog," DeMaio has attracted fierce opposition from public employee unions for his reform ideas.
DeMaio founded the Performance Institute and the American Strategic Management Institute. He sold both companies to Thompson Publishing Group in 2007. DeMaio served on the San Diego City Council from 2008 to 2012 and unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 2012.
DeMaio intends to propose a “No Budget, No Pay law that would permanently penalize the pay of Members of Congress and political appointees in the White House when they fail to pass a budget on time.” Regarding guns, DeMaio states that he supports “full enforcement of existing laws as well as more resources to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and those with mental health disorders.” According to the National Journal, he “has voiced support for gay marriage, abortion rights, and environmental protections.”
DeMaio has stated that while healthcare reform is necessary, the Affordable Care Act “as written will not work", and that his opponent has “resisted meaningful reform.” His reform “proposals include allowing individuals to buy health insurance across state lines, putting the government exchanges under private management."
DeMaio's campaign website lists the following issues:
—Carl DeMaio's campaign website, http://carldemaio.com/issues
In his candidacy for mayor, DeMaio frequently mentioned the "Three P" issues:
California's 52nd Congressional District is a battleground district in 2014 due to the low margin of victory for Democrats in the last election and last two presidential elections. Incumbent Scott Peters (D) and Carl DeMaio triumphed in the blanket primary over Kirk Jorgensen (R) and Fred Simon (R). Peters and DeMaio will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.
The National Republican Congressional Committee added DeMaio to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that make this list receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."
|U.S. House, California District 52 Primary, 2014|
|Democratic||Scott Peters Incumbent||42.3%||53,926|
|Source: California Secretary of State|
DeMaio is the first congressional candidate to feature his same-sex partner in a campaign ad.
DeMaio was endorsed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, and the Mexican American Business & Professional Association.
Carl DeMaio's philosophy of governing San Diego
DeMaio was a candidate in the 2012 San Diego mayoral race. To earn a spot on the November 6, 2012 ballot, DeMaio had to survive a primary on the June 5, 2012 ballot. Five candidates competed in that primary. Only the top two vote-getters (Carl DeMaio and Bob Filner) moved on to the final contest on November 6.
The five candidates, and the number of votes they received in the June 5 primary, were:
|Candidate||# of votes|
|Tobiah L. Pettus||1,709|
DeMaio lost to opponent Filner in the general election, 52.5% to 47.5%
DeMaio was endorsed by:
- 6418 San Diego Taxpayers
- Roger Hedgecock
- The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
|Carl DeMaio (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$0.00||$487,616.55||$(17,972.03)||$469,644.52|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$469,644.52||$328,383.78||$(78,029.21)||$719,999.09|
|Year-End||January 31, 2014||$719,999||$370,261||$(104,269)||$985,991|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$985,991||$422,307||$(153,847)||$1,254,451|
|Pre-Primary||May 22, 2014||$1,254,451||$172,323||$(255,299)||$1,171,475|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2014||$1,171,475||$454,797||$(194,697)||$1,431,576|
DeMaio has been involved with ballot measure campaigns as a way to advance the policy positions he supports. He was the chief author of San Diego's 2012 Proposition B. He was also a key supporter of the San Diego Competition and Transparency in City Contracting Initiative (November 2010), which would require the city to seek competitive bids for services and allow the city to outsource without union involvement.
In 2010, he campaigned against Proposition D, which was defeated. Arguing against a proposal to raise the city's sales tax by a half-a-billion dollars over five years, DeMaio pushed instead to reduce budget deficits through spending cuts and pension reform.
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- 10news.com, "Carl DeMaio announces run for Congress," May 30, 2013
- City Journal, "Public Enemy Number One," April 19, 2012
- Smart Voter, "Carl DeMaio," accessed June 10, 2012
- Campaign website, "About," accessed April 28, 2014
- KPBS, "DeMaio, Peters On Climate Change, Immigration, Guns, Marijuana," July 7, 2014
- National Journal, "What Kind of Republican Is Carl DeMaio?," August 28, 2014
- Voice of San Diego, "Why I Rescinded My DeMaio Endorsement – Then Gave It Back," October 23, 2013
- UT San Diego, "Peters, DeMaio spar over Obamacare," November 13, 2013
- Campaign website, "Issues," accessed April 28, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Smart Voter, "San Diego Mayoral Contest," June 5, 2012
- The New York Times, "California Primary Results," June 3, 2014
- Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’," accessed November 21, 2013
- Wall Street Journal, "Gay Republican Candidate's Ad Poses Test for Party," February 13, 2014
- Times of San Diego, "DeMaio, Peters Hail Endorsements by Taxpayers, Mexican-American Groups," April 17, 2014
- San Diego County, "Primary election," accessed September 3, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Carl DeMaio July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Carl DeMaio October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Carl DeMaio Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Carl DeMaio April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Carl DeMaio Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Carl DeMaio July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2014
- Voice of San Diego, "It’s In Carl’s Hands Now," November 5, 2010
- UT San Diego, "Sales tax: Both sides dive in to lively campaign," August 6, 2010