Garrett Harris 10:11 p.m., May 23
Dueling DeMaio Ads: Both Carl DeMaio and Anti-DeMaio Group Buying TV Time
It's official, Councilmember Carl DeMaio's ad campaign has begun. One day after unveiling his new ad on FOX, DeMaio has dozens of contracts out at San Diego's five largest television stations, ABC, CBS, KUSI, FOX, and NBC. In all, the Republican candidate has $255,090 worth of contracts currently out at local stations, by far more than Nathan Fletcher and Bonnie Dumanis. The ads began running yesterday and will run up to the June 5 primary.
And while DeMaio is buying hundreds of spots targeted for TV viewers 50 years and older, there is one other group that plans to run dozens of ads and it isn't Bob Filner. It's "Too Extreme for San Diego - To Oppose Carl DeMaio for Mayor in 2012".
The group purchased $26,240 worth of ad time on KUSI. A total of 74 ads will run from May 14 to May 20, during morning, afternoon, and evening news programs. And, if you've followed the pension reform battle that DeMaio is pushing for, it's no great mystery who is behind the commercials. The treasurer of Too Extreme for San Diego is Evan McLaughlin, the political director for the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council AFL-CIO.
Too Extreme For San Diego