BREAKING: Navy vet says GOP House candidate DeMaio sexually harassed him

Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio has just been accused of masturbating in front of yet another male colleague at the office.

The running total is now four alleged public masturbation incidents that DeMaio stands accused of. San Diego insiders are now calling the scandal “MasturGate.”

DeMaio is in a tight race against incumbent Democratic congressman Scott Peters for the US House seat in California’s 52nd congressional district (San Diego).

The race is statistically tied, with DeMaio 1 point ahead of Peters in the latest survey. The election is this coming Tuesday, November 4.

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Carl DeMaio

DeMaio’s latest accuser is Justin Harper, 25, a five-year Navy veteran who left the military in December of 2012, and started working on DeMaio’s congressional campaign in February of 2014.

Harper says he quit in July of this year, two days after he claims DeMaio walked out of a bathroom stall with his fly open and his penis in his hand.

“I was at the urinal, and (DeMaio) came from the stall that was closest to the urinal and was kind of just standing there hovering,” Harper said. “I turned around and realized that it was Carl. He had his pants up, but his fly was undone, and he had his hand grasping his genitals.”

DeMaio is openly gay. Harper is straight.

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From Justin Harper’s profile on LinkedIn.

You’ll recall that last month DeMaio faced a similar charge of public masturbation from a second former campaign aide, Todd Bosnich, who is openly gay:

One morning last April, Bosnich said he arrived early at campaign headquarters and DeMaio called him back to his office.

“I came over to his office, door was open. And he was masturbating,” Bosnich said. “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.”

There was no mistaking what was happening, he said.

And before Bosnich, DeMaio faced two additional allegations of publicly masturbating in a city hall bathroom. None of the four public masturbation allegations has yet been proven.

What’s particularly interesting about the latest two accusers is that they both worked on DeMaio’s campaign. That means they’re not Democrats, they’re Republicans.

And they’re not just Republicans, they’re dyed-in-the-wool DeMaio supporters. They’re the farthest thing you can get from “last-minute Democratic dirty tricks.” DeMaio’s accusers are hard-core Republicans.

It’s also interesting that Harper is straight, and a Navy vet. You see, a common refrain from DeMaio’s campaign throughout the campaign  has been how poor Carl DeMaio is a helpless victim of the big bad Democratic gay mafia.

But in the latest two incidents, DeMaio is accused of sexually harassing two former male employees, both Republicans, and one straight. So much for the lavender mafia.

Carl DeMaio is seriously beginning to creep me out. The only silver-living to him winning on Tuesday is the possibility that yet more alleged victims come forward and mar the GOP’s triumphant takeover of Congress with a growing, and increasingly embarrassing, sex scandal.

Here’s a half-hour conservative radio interview with DeMaio accuser Bosnich. As a reporter, and lawyer by training, I have to say that Bosnich sounds awfully credible. As noted above, he’s a Republican through and through, and this isn’t his first job working for a Republican politician. This interview, by the way, was not aired by the conservative radio station. Nonetheless, it was eventually leaked. It’s quite detailed.


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49 Responses to “BREAKING: Navy vet says GOP House candidate DeMaio sexually harassed him”

  1. Paul Browne says:

    Not sure this is a disadvantage to a Republican candidate. Just look at the Senior GOP politicians, they’re an incredible bunch of wankers.

  2. Shirley Swanepoel says:

    Ok. He should stay Republican then.

  3. Shirley Swanepoel says:

    No proof? His own employees state this. I must assume they are lying? Not that I care if he hung out his horn all day. It is probably larger than his brain.

  4. Shirley Swanepoel says:

    True. This one is just more entertaining.

  5. Richard says:

    I voted for Scott Peters……

  6. Richard says:

    I’m not so sure I would trust the beltway media to “chew him up and spit him out”, They tend to lean toward the right. I voted for Scott Peters !

  7. Ryan says:

    I just did my part. I’m getting tired of voting against him.

  8. Stev84 says:

    How is it in any way relevant that is he a vet? That does not make what happened any different or worse. I expect this insane military worship – on a level that easily rivals any totalitarian state – from most American media, but I thought this place was better.

  9. Thom Allen says:

    And/or maybe being “punished” by his victim – getting insulted by, yelled at or physically struck by his victim.

  10. BeccaM says:

    Compulsions are like that.

  11. Ron Robertson says:

    Classic definition of a troll, come in, post something untrue with no proof, and then exit. I guess Shirley has gone back to trollville, where she’ll fit right in with her fellow republicans.

  12. Butch1 says:

    They need a video witness catching him in the act to finally end his lying career. Where is that Britbart Brat? He could do one of his phony disguises and entrap him. Oh, that’s right, he only goes after democrats and the left.

  13. Butch1 says:

    Who makes this stuff up? ;-)

  14. Butch1 says:

    And being allowed to talk his way out of it is a big thrill for him. He’s really a vindictive little creature. I wonder what happened to him earlier in life to make him turn into what he is today especially voting against his own people?

  15. Butch1 says:

    Yes, I agree; I think he gets off more from exposing himself to others and watching their reaction than any actual sexual encounter it would bring him. Not that he would refuse any of them, but he cannot control this behavior and does think he can talk his way out of it by using the old standby of “It’s your word against mine.” His problem is he is leaving a trail of evidence of this kind of behavior and whether anything happens of a judicial nature, he will be tried in the “people’s court” by just reading about this over and over again with new people making complaints. He can only deny this behavior so many times and then his donors will start disassociating themselves from him and pick a new ‘darling for the right’ to represent them. He’s dragging too much baggage and they know it.

  16. FLL says:

    Shirley might be even more familiar with Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of a fellow Republican.”

  17. MonteBeckett says:

    For every Democrat/progressive involved in a sex scandal let alone a gay sex scandal, there’s on average 4 to 5 Republicans/conservatives busted. C’mon, goofball. You know better

  18. Strepsi says:

    ‘being caught doing something naughty’ fetish actually completely explains a gay man running as a Republican!
    Thanks Becca xo

  19. HereinDC says:

    Or South Amerca

  20. olandp says:

    San Diego may send him to Congress just to get him out of town.

  21. Indigo says:

    I had to go to The Goggle on that one. It’s pathetic how far behind the curve I found myself this time. ;)

  22. BeccaM says:

    Given the way everyone (and I mean everyone) reports that upon DeMaio’s being ‘discovered,’ he’s invariably said to be smiling… yeah, the ‘being caught doing something naughty’ is a pretty common fetish. Goes with the exhibitionism.

  23. The_Fixer says:

    Yes, it’s Halloween (AKA “Gay Christmas”) and he’s taken the holiday season off. Even the Godfather of Glitter™ needs time away!

  24. The_Fixer says:

    Bingo, I think you’re right on the money there. The thrill of getting caught and being shamed?

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  26. Peking_Duck_sd says:

    Yup just like Clarence “pube in my coke” Thomas and Larry “wide stance” Craig. Oh wait, they were Republicans, too.

  27. Peking_Duck_sd says:

    Exactly. Right now this is mainly a local story, and Carl is in bed with the UT and most of the local TV networks who have played softball with him. If he gets elected, the national and D.C. media will chew him up and spit him out and create a huge, distracting headache for Republicans in congress.

  28. BeccaM says:

    Nah. She stepped into the lion’s den of this here progressive blog of her own free will.

    I enjoy pointing out precisely how Dem sex scandals usually involve infidelity or sexual harassment of the hetero kind in the workplace, whereas GOP sex scandals are almost invariably pervy, illegal, and/or clear evidence of rank hypocrisy. Complete with “27 8×10 color glossy pictures with circles and arrows and a paragraph on the back of each one.” ;-)

  29. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:

    Becca, you need to give Shirley a pass. Remember IARIYAAR.

  30. BeccaM says:

    Do you have some examples? I mean, of chronic public masturbating Democrats. Or Democrats who’ve been caught soliciting sex from men in public bathrooms? Or Democrats who were described by the DC Madame as having a predilection for diapers? Or Democrats who were caught ‘walking the Appalachian Trail’ with their mistress, who they later abandoned? Or Democrats who LOVE to criticize everyone else for infidelities when their own entire adult life was one affair after another, including while one wife was undergoing cancer treatment. Or Democrats who sexually harassed their subordinates with talk of pornographic movies and pubic hairs on Coke cans? Or Democrats who took their wives to sex clubs and pressured them to have public sex? Or Democrats who were caught repeatedly molesting young male Congressional interns?

    Funny, it seems those were all Republicans. In fact, being a philandering perv with borderline (or over the line) illegal sexual activities seems to be mostly (although admittedly not exclusively) a GOP thing.

    So basically you just wanted to post an unsubstantiated cheap shot, right?

  31. BeccaM says:

    He definitely needs help. My guess personally is he has some personal squick about being caught while masturbating.

  32. Didn’t realize. Just wrote up a piece for the AM after seeing your comment. Sad.

  33. Pirate King Archer says:

    I’m sure the UT will print a thorough report on this any minute now. Just like they did when demaio’s campaign manager vouched for the last guy who was harrassed. Think I’ll vote for dirty demaio on Tuesday. Be fun to watch him follow in the steps of filner.

  34. Butch1 says:

    They had to hang up his “taps.”

  35. Butch1 says:

    He needs to be charged and convicted first.

  36. Butch1 says:

    He needs to get some help or someone needs to work on his “mating dance.” ;-

  37. Butch1 says:

    He would have to get rid of his diapers like Vitter and some of the other crazer Republicans before he could ever become a Democrat.

  38. nicho says:

    OT: Brittany Maynard has died. May she rest in peace. She has moved forward the discussion on dying with dignity. She has left a legacy.

  39. nicho says:

    No, sexual abuse is a strictly Republican thing. You’ve got George W Bush paying for his whores’ abortions, Karl Rove bending over for Jeff Gannon, George H W Bush with his live-in whore, Newt Gingrich getting a blow job from the family nanny while watching his kid’s soccer game, etc. etc etc.

  40. Shirley Swanepoel says:

    He should become Democrat. He will fit in.

  41. Baal says:

    A strong candidate emerges for Atrios’ Wanker of the Year award. It is hard to top someone who is actually a wanker and a wanker.

  42. The_Fixer says:

    Well, now that a straight guy is making the allegation, the voters will start to believe it? Y’know, all those gay are filthy perverts and always want sex.

    I find it really weird that the past allegations haven’t sunk his campaign. It’s clear that the man needs mental health care, these episodes are interfering with his work, and poisoning that environment.

    Wow.

  43. Doug105 says:

    Don Neil Patrick Harris has been busy.

  44. BeccaM says:

    Gawd… what a pervy little creep.

    The way I see it, once could be a misunderstanding. Twice could be but probably isn’t a coincidence. Three times is an established pattern. But four times? We’re talking compulsive exhibitionist wanking.

  45. Indigo says:

    There’s a Lavender Mafia?

  46. StealthVoter says:

    Speaking as a conservative Republican, I can say I will either not vote, or I will vote for DeMaio’s opponent. DeMaio is obviously seriously disturbed, He needs to resign, and if the allegations can be proven, he needs to be registered as a sex offender.

  47. Thom Allen says:

    Ah, another Republican Family Values candidate. If he wins, he can keep Lindsey Graham and Aaron Schock entertained in Congressional bathrooms. They’ve been lonely since Larry Craig left.

  48. At this point, with two Republicans — WHO WORKED FOR HIM, NO LESS — coming forward and accusing him of the same thing, it’s difficult to believe that there won’t be a lot more alleged victims coming forward. Are they all lying? And what’s the motivation for the two Republican former staffers? It’s not “gay Democrats hate me,” when the two are GOPers, and one is straight. This is very disturbing.

  49. Peking_Duck_sd says:

    “Carl DeMaio is seriously beginning to creep me out. The only silver-living to him winning on Tuesday is the possibility that yet more alleged victims come forward and mar the GOP’s triumphant takeover of Congress with a growing, and increasingly embarrassing, sex scandal.”

    I agree. It sounds nasty and cynical, but this is U.S. Congressional politics so I guess it’s par for the course. As someone who vehemently opposes DeMaio I am now seeing a silver lining to him getting elected. House Speaker Boehner actually attended a fundraiser for DeMaio in San Diego AFTER the first sexual harassment allegation. I’m sure the last thing Boehner wants is to have the video of that playing nationally and having to answer questions about it.

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