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DeMaio to run ad holding hands with boyfriend

Wall Street Journal does story on "New Generation Republican" approach

Image from DeMaio new ad
Image from DeMaio new ad

The Wall Street Journal will run a story tomorrow (February 13) noting that San Diego Republican Carl DeMaio plans to run an ad showing him holding hands with his same-sex partner, Johnathan Hale.

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DeMaio ad

The Journal story went online this afternoon. It does not mention that Hale is publisher of San Diego Gay & Lesbian News.

The Journal says DeMaio is one of three openly gay Republicans running for Congress this year, but none has run such an ad, which very briefly shows DeMaio holding hands with Hale in the 2012 gay pride parade. The Journal story mentions that DeMaio is not the only Republican running for the seat.

The ad touts DeMaio as "a new generation reformer" who "isn't afraid to be different."

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The Wall Street Journal will run a story tomorrow (February 13) noting that San Diego Republican Carl DeMaio plans to run an ad showing him holding hands with his same-sex partner, Johnathan Hale.

Video:

DeMaio ad

The Journal story went online this afternoon. It does not mention that Hale is publisher of San Diego Gay & Lesbian News.

The Journal says DeMaio is one of three openly gay Republicans running for Congress this year, but none has run such an ad, which very briefly shows DeMaio holding hands with Hale in the 2012 gay pride parade. The Journal story mentions that DeMaio is not the only Republican running for the seat.

The ad touts DeMaio as "a new generation reformer" who "isn't afraid to be different."

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Wasn't Johnathan one of the organizers for the party last year that destroyed the koy pond in Balboa Park, killing all the fish. That's a sacred place for me and many San Diegans. Don't care about their orientation, they both seem very immature.

Feb. 12, 2014

No, Hale was not one of the organizers.

Feb. 12, 2014

commando: Hale's publication promoted the event. DeMaio and Filner got into a shouting match over who did what to whom. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 12, 2014

shirleyberan: Yes, you are correct; Hale was involved in that Balboa Park incident. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 12, 2014

His publication ran an announcement. That's not "involvement." That's running an announcement.

Feb. 13, 2014

commando: That is not surprising. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 13, 2014

Johnathan is a convicted felon. He is a burglar. Invite Hale to the White House and he'll likely steal the silverware off the table if he's not watched. Federal employees who associate with felons should be fired. DeMaio is a security risk and should be barred from running for Congress because he associates with a felon.

Feb. 12, 2014

Hale's record is decades-old, as I recall.

Feb. 12, 2014

commando: I believe you are correct; his troubles and name changes were some time ago. Again, I have been trying to reach a person who knows. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 12, 2014

Character does not change over time.

Feb. 12, 2014

Burwell: That's certainly true of many people. I reported in June of 2010 how Hale's Gay & Lesbian News printed a scathing story on its competitor, Gay and Lesbian Times. The owner of the latter publication, Mike Portantino, had financial troubles. Hale had formerly worked for Portantino, then went out on his own. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis began investigating Portantino, who committed suicide.

I can remember talking with Hale and some of his cohorts and did not believe what they said. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 12, 2014

Burwell: Hale has changed his name more than once, and has, if I remember correctly, run afoul of the law. I am trying to reach a knowledgeable person on this -- thus far unsuccessfully. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 12, 2014

But Hale looks so dreamy dressed in an orange jumpsuit and playing Bubba opposite Carl's Juliet in the Metropolitan Correctional Center's production of the Shakesrear classic.

Feb. 13, 2014

Scott Marks: Leave it to you to create such images. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 13, 2014

It also appears that Johnathan is Carl's common-law spouse, not his boyfriend.

Feb. 12, 2014

California does not have common-law marriages, so you are incorrect.

Feb. 12, 2014

commando: I don't know California law on this point. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 12, 2014

Burwell: I guess that would depend on how long they have lived together. I believe the number of years it takes to be common-lawed depends on the state. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 12, 2014

Jonathan Wyckoff, Jonathan Hackett are aliases for Jonathan Hale, if you look him up.

Feb. 12, 2014

shirleyberan: That's my understanding. I can't swear those spellings are correct. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 12, 2014

Response to Melinda Santa Cruz: "You go, Carl," can be taken two ways, but I assume you meant it in the positive sense. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 12, 2014

HERE IS SOME MORE RESEARCH: The controversy over Johnathan Hale became public in 2012. The publication LGBT Weekly seemed to carry the most on it. That publication reported that Hale was originally named John Theodore Wyckoff Jr. He changed his name to Johnathan T. Hackett Jr. before settling on the name Johnathan Hale.

LBGT Weekly reported that a district court clerk in Pulaski, Arkansas, confirmed that Hale had a felony conviction for burglary.

At the time, Lorena Gonzalez, then a labor leader, now a member of the state assembly, sent out a tweet asking DeMaio if his partner was a convicted felon.

Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 13, 2014

I don't think the new add is going to help him run for Congress, especially when Carl has some things he hopes the public doesn't find out about like adventures in the city hall, as well as does Wyckoff-Hackett-Hale.

Feb. 13, 2014

shirleyberan: I think that is a very good question. Will this ad help DeMaio? His campaign people obviously think so; they are publicizing the ad. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 13, 2014

No, this ad may not help Carl get elected, but everyone remembering that Scott Peters was instrumental in underfunding the City’s pension, essentially bankrupting the City, and named negligent by the SEC will help Carl get elected. And remember when the Kroll report was released? Madaffer took full responsibility “for moving the City forward,” Atkins said, “I’m only a healthcare worker,” and Peters essentially said, “Don’t blame my colleagues. They’re too dumb to understand finances.” Of course, by implication, Peters was saying he was not too dumb. He understood, yet he voted for the pension underfunding. We are going to be paying for this well into the future.

Despite the guilt by association referenced in many comments, if I were a resident of this congressional district, I would vote for Carl in a heartbeat.

Feb. 13, 2014

Brian: If DeMaio is the candidate, and I believe that is not certain, this race would seem to be like the Faulconer/Alvarez race. The public loses either way. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 13, 2014

Jonathan Hale?! Carl DeMaio is holding hands with Mr. Dithers?! Lock up Baby Dumpling!

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Feb. 14, 2014

Scott Marks: Just to be pristine, his first name is Johnathan -- for now, at least. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 14, 2014

I misspelled but Scott, Mr. Dithers controls Dagwood with emotional intensity.

Feb. 14, 2014

shirleyberan: Dithers is also an autocrat; Dagwood Bumstead is not a model employee. In fact, he is a lazy lout. I love the cartoon. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 14, 2014

It is very hard to imagine this helping DeMaio get elected. In fact, my take is that he just gave the election away. Prediction: Peters, with all his negative baggage, is reelected.

Feb. 14, 2014

Visduh: This was my immediate impression, too. The ad would be effective if DeMaio were a Democrat. I fear that most Republicans -- and particularly the Tea Party wing -- are not ready to accept this new society that he touts. Polls show that the general public is much more tolerant of the gay revolution and such phenomena as gay marriage. That is very encouraging. But are most Republicans? Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 15, 2014

Many people who are tolerant of the "gay revolution" as you described it are not pleased when certain aspects of it are put in their faces. They sometimes refer to that as flaunting one's differences. Seeing a video of the two of them holding hands seems to be what we might call "flaunting." Being honest about sexual preference is one thing, and this is something else.

Feb. 15, 2014

Visduh: In the ad, actually, the image of the two holding hands is so fleeting that most viewers will miss it. However, the message that DeMaio represents a new world of understanding and compassion comes through loud and clear. His backers think it will work. I have my doubts. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 15, 2014

Visduh: One could say that this ad has an element of flaunting. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 17, 2014

I live in the congressional district, and the city, and always vote. I can honestly say that there are certain elections where I have cast my vote while holding my nose. I am probably the exception. The mayoral election was supposedly in a dead heat, but as is so often the case in San Diego, all one party needs to do to win is to convince the other one to not vote. Potential Alvarez supporters obviously stayed away in droves. Peters has to hope something on the ballot will draw Democratic leaning voters to the polls. Maybe a hot button state initiative? Like say, legalized marijuana? That would be ironic. I do not see Peters as the darling of the progressives. I frankly want a third political party.

Feb. 15, 2014

mridolf: There is no doubt that progressives don't count Peters as one of them. Organized labor will not vote for DeMaio. The result will be an interesting race -- if DeMaio is the Republican candidate. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 15, 2014

Look for an ad from a Peters PAC showing a photo of a bathroom stall and a jar of Mayo sitting in the middle of the restroom.

Feb. 16, 2014

KLoEditor: Sounds more like an ad for the Mayo Clinic. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 17, 2014

Interesting how schizophrenic the Republican Party is with regard to gay candidates. If it's one of their own, they can't figure out whether to ignore it, play it down, or flaunt it. Whereas when Clay Aiken jumped into the Congressional race last week as a Democratic candidate, one of the first things the spokesperson for Ellmers, who is the Republican incumbent, said was that Aiken's "political views more closely resemble those of San Francisco than Sanford." Nasty little slam. And it will presumably only get worse.

Feb. 16, 2014

KLoEditor: Ellmer's remark was certainly cruel. It may backfire. Polls show that the general public is much more understanding of the gay lifestyle now. But I suspect Republicans -- particularly Tea Partiers -- are not. Ellmers is appealing to the far right fringe, as many Republicans running for office do. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 17, 2014

No disrespect intended, Don (or to anyone else, for that matter), but I keep checking the byline on this story to see if it's been switched to "Mencken".

Feb. 17, 2014

Duhbya: Actually, DeMaio's staff sent out a news release alluding to the ad and its message, and noting that DeMaio would be holding hands with his partner (johnathan) in the ad. They also sent along a u-tube of the ad, and we ran the brief shot of the hand-holding which, as I have said, most people won't see because it goes by so quickly. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 17, 2014

Oh, I have no doubts as to the veracity of the article, but the more I see if it, the more I'm reminded of the "almost factual news" (credit Walter Mencken) aspect of it. Sign of our times, I guess.

Feb. 17, 2014

Duhbya: I agree: more and more so-called news stories these days seem to belong in Mencken's satirical column. One reads a story and has the feeling that someone is pulling one's leg. Best, Don Bauder

Feb. 17, 2014

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