I know I know, another diary about a CA Republican but I had my eye on the this CA primary since Carl was interviewed by Megyn Kelly and was pulling for his victory ever since. Carl has an interesting story, was orphaned at 14, educated by the Jesuits, graduated from Georgetown Univ, built and sold two businesses, became a millionaire by 31 and a public servant ever since. Carl Demaio is one of three gay Republicans trying to get elected to congress, Richard Tisei and Dan Innis of NH are the other two. While Tisei and Innis have received the backing of The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, Carl Demaio has not.
From what I have read, Carl is the first gay candidate for office to feature is partner in a tv ad and is touting his fiscal conservatism while being socially moderate. Many of his positions are right up my ally, such as putting all members of congress on 401-K’s, lifetime ban for members of congress from becoming lobbyists, no budget-no pay, clean single issue bills, not the ones where all the special interests tack on their lard, and no more travel perks and gifts.
What is troubling to read is how during his mayoral run for San Diego, it were Democrat donors who mailed flyers of photoshopped pics of Carl with a drag queen and a bizarre embrace of another male. The Democrat operatives were slick, they drew up the flyers to appear they came from a group calling themselves ‘Conservatives for Gay Rights’ and were dropped in conservative and African-American areas of San Diego. Robocalls were part of the itinerary too. Talk about dirty pool, no? The folks responsible for this smear (gay-baiting) against Carl had to pay a small fine after the election, but the damage was done and Carl lost a squeeker to his Democrat rival Bob Filner, who by the way, ended up resigning b/c he sexually harassed women (War on Women anyone?). It’s no wonder Maura Healey wants Warren Tolman to sign her pledge to ensure this type of crap (mailings and robocalls) doesn’t happen in Massachusetts, she has my endorsement for AG!
With a few races under his belt and after campaigning in the district, Carl said “I’ve found more tolerance, acceptance and inclusion from social conservative groups who have to reconcile that I’m a Republican who happens to be gay…versus the intolerance the LGBT leaders see me as a gay man who happens to be a Republican. Despite claims that they insist on tolerance, diversity and acceptance on all political issues, I suspect that they really want to keep intact their alliance with unions so that they don’t upset their funding sources and coalition. The Democratic groups need the GOP to remain the bogeyman because if the Republicans are no longer a threat, who needs to donate to these LGBT political groups?”
I could not agree with you any more Carl and best of luck in Nov, we here at BMG could use more people like yourself in congress.