AP calls it: Creepy Carl DeMaio loses race for US House in San Diego

UPDATE: AP has called it. Creepy Carl DeMaio has lost his race for the US Congress.

Creepy Carl DeMaio, the Republican candidate for Congress from San Diego, has finally lost his battle against Democratic incumbent Scott Peters.

According to the Registrar of Voters, DeMaio, who was slightly ahead on election night, and then was 800 votes behind as of yesterday, is now 4,491 votes behind Peters, with only 10,000 ballots remaining to be counted.

With those numbers, it is nearly impossible for DeMaio to catch up. Which is probably a good thing for the voters of San Diego, the American people, and GOP House Speaker John Boehner.

DeMaio, you see, is currently facing multiple allegations of having publicly masturbated in front of coworkers at the office, including his own staff.

The first accusation came from a Democratic city council member.

Carl DeMaio and his fourth accuser, US Navy veteran Justin Harper.

Carl DeMaio (left) and his fourth accuser, US Navy veteran Justin Harper.

The second and third came from two former DeMaio staffers, both men, both Republican, one gay and one straight.

The latter, Justin Harper, is also a recent veteran of the US Navy.

The fact that both young men are Republicans tends to undermine DeMaio’s ongoing claims that this is all just Democratic dirty tricks.

There is also a fourth allegation that I haven’t been able to nail down the details of — but once you get to three accusations of sexual harassment from three different people, including two of your own employees, the charges become extremely difficult to dismiss out of hand.

As for Speaker Boehner, he’ll likely be singing hallelujah tonight on hearing that DeMaio appears to be history. Boehner doesn’t need DeMaio, he already has a super-majority in the House, even without DeMaio. What’s more, where there’s smoke there’s fire, and after four allegations of sexual harassment, how long will it be until a fifth and sixth alleged victim come forward? And what does Boehner do if one of the alleged victims ends up being under age? Congress is famous for its pages, and the House is famous for its page scandals.

I’m not saying any of this will happen. I’m saying that after hearing four similar allegations, Boehner would be a fool not be concerned.

Carl DeMaio would have been the first gay Republican member of Congress elected for the first time as an openly-gay candidate (other Republican congressman came out, or were outed, after already being elected).

But DeMaio’s candidacy aflame is hardly a great loss for gays. The community can do better than a guy who allegedly repeatedly masturbates in front of his coworkers, and who wasn’t that pro-gay in the first place.

I’m not such a fan of gay Republicans, but even I know they can do better than this.

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20 Responses to “AP calls it: Creepy Carl DeMaio loses race for US House in San Diego”

  1. dcinsider says:

    “The community can do better than a guy who allegedly repeatedly masturbates in front of his coworkers, and who wasn’t that pro-gay in the first place.”

    ya think?

  2. gratuitous says:

    I agree. It would be interesting to ask DeMaio voters why they voted for him. Did they know about his funny predilections? Did they even know he’s gay? If not, just how low information were they? Or did they know about all of it, and still punch their ballot for him? Did it only matter that he was running as a Republican?

  3. He finally did last night. Sunday night.

  4. His concession speech last night was all about opening up the GOP to diversity. It’s as if he suddenly discovered he was gay the last month of his campaign. He certainly wasn’t much of an activist before then. Very odd man.

  5. dcinsider says:

    I believe the House no longer has the page program at all.

  6. BillFromDover says:

    How ironic is it that he lost to a guy called Peters?

  7. The_Fixer says:

    Good riddance to a person with a problem. In spite of being gay, he was certainly not in our corner.

    What will be interesting to see is if the wing-nut welfare safety net will catch him as he falls. Normally when a Republican loses an election, there’s always a place for them to go. Generally, it’s a good paying job where they can park for a while until they can get elected to office again.

    Will this guy be too toxic? Will he be able to take the “Rehab and Repent Tour” later and run again, or will he be abandoned, allowing him to fade into obscurity?

    Time will tell, but my feeling is that his being gay, and the nature of his offenses, will make it tough to get into the Wing-Nut Welfare program. His application will likely be denied.

  8. Butch1 says:


  9. StealthVoter says:

    I agree the powers-that-be are hypocrites. I am just one voter and don’t have the power to get rid of the pervs. And I am a conservative — not a Republican. They are not truly conservative. I only vote GOP because I agree with smaller gov’t platform.

  10. Houndentenor says:

    Because all accusations are now viewed through a lens of “they’re biased” or “they are just out to get him/her because X”. It can’t be that almost all of these negative stories about candidates turn out to be true and that both parties would be well rid of such creeps. Lately Democrats have been a little better about this (Weiner) and Republicans less so but let’s not kid ourselves on the left side of the aisle. Democrats aren’t that much better at purging crooks, liars and assorted creeps.

  11. judybrowni says:

    Yeah, your party sure has done a fine job of getting rid of Vitter and Craig.

    As long as they continue to vote as the billionaires tell them to, your party will always hang on to your perverts.

    Hypocrisy, much?

  12. StealthVoter says:

    Speaking as a staunch conservative, this pervert DeMaio needs to be thrown out of the Republican party. And if the allegations are true, he needs to be registered as a sex offender. Along with Vitter, and Craig and any other “family values” politician that looks for partners in public bathrooms.

  13. nicho says:

    Gimme an intern sandwich. Hold DeMaio.

  14. TampaZeke says:

    El Sinko DeMaio!

  15. jomicur says:

    Has DeMaio actually conceded? He strikes me as the kind of egomaniacal clown who’ll keep fighting until a judge finally orders him to STFU, and he may not shut up even then. One way or another, I doubt we’ve heard the last of him. He seems to have the kind of ego that will make him, like the Energizer Bunny, keep on running. Of course, the Energizer Bunny doesn’t jerk off in public, but you know what I mean.

  16. emjayay says:

    See: Grimm, Michael. It should be fun to see him in court though.

  17. Butch1 says:

    They don’t care anymore about the moral character as long as they can get a win. In this case there may have been enough outrage because it was about a gay candidate and not a heterosexual one that republican controlled San Diego didn’t like. This is a Navy town if I’m correct and they do not want that stigma hanging over their heads either. Gays receive a bad name having the likes of this pervert (alleged) who has proved himself to be homophobic and against gay issues to be in power. I’m glad to see him go. Let him find honest employment and get help to try and keep his “little friend” in his pants.

  18. Buried by Vince says:

    It speaks more to the greed of conservatives who would nominate a morally devoid creature like this just to save a few bucks in taxes.

  19. Naja pallida says:

    The fact that this race was so close speaks volumes about how pathetic of a representative Scott Peters is. You’d think people would have an easy choice between a representative who already has a known track record, and a creepy public masturbator, who is also a self-professed hypocritical right-wing loon to boot. So I don’t think the voters of San Diego, the American people, nor the House of Representatives really benefit either way. But really, there isn’t much that could make this new Congress worse.

  20. Houndentenor says:

    There’s no benefit to gays in a DeMaio win. His support for gay rights is weak at best and he’s an embarrassment. Of course in an era when David Vitter is electable I guess this might fly, but it’s embarrassing what you can do in this country and not have to pull out of the race.

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