Carl DeMaio

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Carl DeMaio
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, California, District 52
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
San Diego City Council
Campaign website
Carl DeMaio campaign logo
Carl DeMaio was a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 52nd Congressional District of California.[1] The Associated Press called the race for Peters late on November 7, 2014, but DeMaio did not concede the race until November 9, 2014, due to the fact that there were still between 10,000 to 15,000 ballots left to be counted.[2][3]

California's 52nd Congressional District was a battleground in 2014.

Following his defeat in the general election, DeMaio filed documents to start a new super PAC, the New Generation Leadership Fund. DeMaio is listed as the PAC's designated agent and manager.[4]

DeMaio is a former member of the San Diego City Council and a former candidate for the position of Mayor of San Diego on the November 6, 2012, ballot.[5][6]

DeMaio, who is openly gay, attracted national attention for his ideas on how to reform governance in San Diego. A Republican who described himself as a "taxpayer watchdog," DeMaio attracted opposition from public employee unions.[5]

DeMaio is a potential candidate for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer in 2016.[7]


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.[8]


DeMaio supported 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.”[9] Regarding guns, DeMaio stated that he supported “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.”[9] According to the National Journal, he “has voiced support for gay marriage, abortion rights, and environmental protections.”[10]


DeMaio stated that while healthcare reform was necessary, the Affordable Care Act “as written will not work", and that his opponent “resisted meaningful reform.” His reform “proposals include allowing individuals to buy health insurance across state lines, putting the government exchanges under private management."[11][12][9]

Campaign themes


DeMaio's campaign website listed the following issues:[13]

  • Balancing the Budget: "Washington DC has a spending problem. How long have we heard this line from our politicians? Each election we hear politicians railing against excessive spending, but once in Washington, DC we see little action. Something has to change. We’re now more than $17 trillion in debt – and it is only getting worse."
  • Jobs and the Economy: "Carl DeMaio’s philosophy is simple: if you are willing to work hard, the American Dream should be yours. Unfortunately, the American Dream is out-of-reach for too many. People are working harder, but feel like they are falling further behind. Something has to change – and that something is Washington."
  • Education: "A quality education is the bedrock of life-long success. Carl DeMaio will be a champion of reforms to strengthen our K-12 education system and expand access to college so our children are prepared to compete in a 21st century economy."
  • Affordable Health Care: "Health care reform should be about making coverage more accessible and affordable, not more expensive and complicated. Health care works best when medical decisions are made by patients and their doctors – not government bureaucrats in Washington."
  • Social Security & Medicare: "We have an obligation to our seniors – Democrats and Republicans should come together to fulfill our commitment to our seniors by enacting common-sense reforms to save Social Security and Medicare."


—Carl DeMaio's campaign website,


In his candidacy for mayor, DeMaio frequently mentioned the "Three P" issues:

  • Pension
  • Potholes
  • Prosperity[15]



See also: United States Senate election in California, 2016

DeMaio is a potential candidate in the 2016 election for the U.S. Senate, to represent California.[7]


See also: California's 52nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Incumbent Scott Peters won re-election to California's 52nd Congressional District in 2014. The race was 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). The general election race between Peters and DeMaio remained too close to call for several days after the election. The Associated Press called the race for Peters late on November 7, 2014, but DeMaio did not concede the race until November 9, 2014, due to the face that there were still between 10,000 to 15,000 ballots left to be counted.[16][17]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added DeMaio to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that made this list were set to receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[18]

U.S. House, California District 52 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngScott Peters Incumbent 51.6% 98,826
     Republican Carl DeMaio 48.4% 92,746
Total Votes 191,572
Source: California Secretary of State
U.S. House, California District 52 Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngScott Peters Incumbent 42.3% 53,926
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCarl DeMaio 35.3% 44,954
     Republican Kirk Jorgensen 18.5% 23,588
     Republican Fred Simon 4% 5,040
Total Votes 127,508
Source: California Secretary of State

Sexual harassment charges

DeMaio faced sexual harassment charges from former campaign staffer Todd Bosnich. Bosnich, who is also an openly gay Republican, accused DeMaio of sexual harassment that occurred over a number of months. Bosnich described the first instance of harassment, "We were making small talk on the way back. And when he pulled up to my car, he reached over into my lap and grabbed my crotch. And I flipped out. And I pushed his hand away. I just was shocked because I'd never had anyone do something like that to me, especially in a position of authority and trust. And, at the time, I just figured, well, maybe he was drunk and blew it off. But he progressively and progressively, the inappropriate touching incidents continued from there." Bosnich said the harassment culminated in the following incident. "I came over to his office, door was open. And he was masturbating. I saw his hand, his penis in his hand and he had a smile on his face. And as soon as I came over he was looking at me." Bosnich said he confronted DeMaio several weeks after the incident and told him to stop with the harassment and as a result was terminated from the campaign. "It was the very next day, in the morning, that the campaign manager called me into his office and said that Carl lost his trust in me and that he'd terminated me. He offered me a position in the county Republican Party and also told me to sign a non-disclosure agreement in exchange for $50,000."[19]

In response to the allegations, Demaio said that Bosnich was terminated for plagiarism. "This is an individual that was let go by our campaign manager for plagiarism. A well-documented plagiarism incident of taking a report from the National Journal and passing it off as his own work. He was terminated. He admitted that he plagiarized. He apologized for plagiarizing and when we told him he was no longer welcome in the staff and in the campaign office, even as a volunteer, he left. Days later, he broke in." He went on, "It's unfortunate. He's clearly troubled. He got caught for the damage that he did to the campaign and now he's manufacturing in essence a cover story to explain away his actions. It's unfortunate. It's untrue. And my hope is that the police department will hold him accountable for his actions against our campaign."[19]


DeMaio was the first congressional candidate to feature his same-sex partner in a campaign ad.[20]


DeMaio was endorsed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, and the Mexican American Business & Professional Association.[21]


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
Carl DeMaio 75,508
Bob Filner 73,209
Nathan Fletcher 57,933
Bonnie Dumanis 31,924
Tobiah L. Pettus 1,709

DeMaio lost to opponent Filner in the general election, 52.5% to 47.5%[22]


DeMaio was endorsed by:

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are DeMaio's reports.

Carl DeMaio (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[23]July 15, 2013$0.00$487,616.55$(17,972.03)$469,644.52
October Quarterly[24]October 15, 2013$469,644.52$328,383.78$(78,029.21)$719,999.09
Year-End[25]January 31, 2014$719,999$370,261$(104,269)$985,991
April Quarterly[26]April 15, 2014$985,991$422,307$(153,847)$1,254,451
Pre-Primary[27]May 22, 2014$1,254,451$172,323$(255,299)$1,171,475
July Quarterly[28]July 15, 2014$1,171,475$454,797$(194,697)$1,431,576
October Quarterly[29]October 15, 2014$1,431,576$688,668$(1,338,442)$781,801
Pre-General[30]October 23, 2014$781,801$256,609$(556,748)$481,663
Running totals

Ballot measures

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.[5] 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.[31][32]

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  1., "Carl DeMaio announces run for Congress," May 30, 2013
  2. UT San Diego, "Peters on the verge of victory," November 7, 2014
  3. Politico, "Rep. Scott Peters beats Carl DeMaio for San Diego seat," November 7. 2014
  4., "Carl DeMaio launches super PAC," December 9, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 City Journal, "Public Enemy Number One," April 19, 2012
  6. Smart Voter, "Carl DeMaio," accessed June 10, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 Daily KOS, "Who wants to take Barbara Boxer's seat? An updated list of potential Senate candidates," January 12, 2015
  8. Campaign website, "About," accessed April 28, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 KPBS, "DeMaio, Peters On Climate Change, Immigration, Guns, Marijuana," July 7, 2014
  10. National Journal, "What Kind of Republican Is Carl DeMaio?," August 28, 2014
  11. Voice of San Diego, "Why I Rescinded My DeMaio Endorsement – Then Gave It Back," October 23, 2013
  12. UT San Diego, "Peters, DeMaio spar over Obamacare," November 13, 2013
  13. Campaign website, "Issues," accessed April 28, 2014
  14. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  15. Smart Voter, "San Diego Mayoral Contest," June 5, 2012
  16. UT San Diego, "Peters on the verge of victory," November 7, 2014
  17. Politico, "Rep. Scott Peters beats Carl DeMaio for San Diego seat," November 7. 2014
  18. Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’," accessed November 21, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 CNN, "Gay Republican congressional candidate accused of sexual harassment," October 10, 2014
  20. Wall Street Journal, "Gay Republican Candidate's Ad Poses Test for Party," February 13, 2014
  21. Times of San Diego, "DeMaio, Peters Hail Endorsements by Taxpayers, Mexican-American Groups," April 17, 2014
  22. San Diego County, "Primary election," accessed September 3, 2014
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Carl DeMaio July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Carl DeMaio October Quarterly," accessed October 29, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Carl DeMaio Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Carl DeMaio April Quarterly," accessed May 5, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Carl DeMaio Pre-Primary," accessed June 3, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Carl DeMaio July Quarterly," accessed July 28, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Carl DeMaio October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Carl DeMaio Pre-General," accessed November 24, 2014
  31. Voice of San Diego, "It’s In Carl’s Hands Now," November 5, 2010
  32. UT San Diego, "Sales tax: Both sides dive in to lively campaign," August 6, 2010