DeMaio: “I felt like a baseball coach saying it's time to get back in the game.”
  • DeMaio: “I felt like a baseball coach saying it's time to get back in the game.”
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Led by San Diego’s AM600 KOGO’s Carl DeMaio, conservatives have caused a political earthquake in Sacramento. Some pundits say it may be the largest political shakeup since Howard Jarvis’ 1978 Prop. 13 initiative.

"The outpouring of voter disgust with the car and gas tax hikes should be a message that Sacramento politicians should hear loud and clear," DeMaio said at a news conference.

Starting last November, DeMaio’s Stop the Gas Tax Initiative petition set a record for the largest number of voter signatures collected in the first month — 100,000.

On April 30, the campaign turned in what they believe is 964,000 valid voter signatures, 40 percent more than required to qualify for the November general election. But more importantly, more than the 10-percent-over threshold in which Governor Brown could call for each signature to be verified, thus delaying the vote until the 2020 election.

Governor Brown has labeled the campaign “a bunch of freeloaders,” indicating California motorists need to pay their share for road maintenance. The governor used the term “political terrorists” to describe the signature gatherers.

“Governor Brown and Sacramento politicians were assuming we would never collect the signatures and they are shell-shocked by our success,” DeMaio responded.

Even the Republican caucus refused to help DeMaio’s campaign when he met with them on April 10. DeMaio made a failed, in-person plea to Republican senators and assemblymen for help in last-minute funding for signatures.

DeMaio: “I felt like a baseball coach saying it's time to get back in the game.” Since the filling of the petition several Republican legislators have jumped on the bandwagon.

Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel), representing voters in Cardiff by the Sea east to Vista and north into Orange County, has been in the forefront of the repeal campaign. So have Assembly members Marie Waldron (R-Escondido) and Randy Voepel (R-Santee).

It appears that one gubernatorial candidate that jumped on DeMaio’s campaign in the beginning, Rancho Santa Fe businessman John Cox, is reaping the rewards. A recent poll by the Public Policy Institute of California shows Cox has moved into second place against Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, outpacing former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and State Senator Kevin DeLeon (D-Los Angeles).

As DeMaio charged last year when the governor signed the gas and car tax (part of Senate Bill 1), on January 30, the California State Transportation Agency announced rail projects totaling $51.9 million, funded by SB1 money, partially derived from the increased gas and car taxes.

According to DeMaio, his Reform California organization is considering an initiative to repeal the California sanctuary laws, and he might run in 2020 for mayor of San Diego.

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dwbat May 7, 2018 @ 3:14 p.m.

This sleazeball has been living off the government for way too many years. He can't wait to get back on that payroll, where he won't have to do any real work. I shudder at the thought of him being elected dogcatcher, let alone SD's mayor.


AlexClarke May 8, 2018 @ 7:35 a.m.

Never underestimate the stupidity of the San Diego voter.


JustWondering May 7, 2018 @ 3:36 p.m.

DeMaio would be giving up a very lucrative salary as a radio talk show host just to run for Mayor, let alone winning the position. His action on the gas tax initiative seem to indicate he is more than just a one trick pony. Let see how this ballot measure goes before getting behind DeMaio further.

When he first came to San Diego years ago, I too thought he was an East Coast carpetbagger. However, over time he’s brought issues forward that truly are looking out for the taxpayers. That alone is refreshing in a politician!


JustWondering May 7, 2018 @ 3:39 p.m.

If he’s willing to go after these RIDICULOUS sanctuary policies and laws I say more power to him.


Visduh May 7, 2018 @ 3:40 p.m.

If that tax rollback passes, it will be a real jolt in this Oh-so-blue state, and might just reorder some priorities. And if it passes, he'll be the guy who is remembered for making it happen. His political career could get a rebirth, and who knows where that might lead. Those talk show guys are hot for a time and then fade. He needs to plan something beyond radio chatter.


dwbat May 7, 2018 @ 8:33 p.m.

A good plan would be for him to leave California permanently. Many right-wing states would welcome his sanctimonious, self-involved screed.


Cassander May 8, 2018 @ 11:11 a.m.

The problem with DeMaio is that, like Trump, he's only into politics as another way to make money. Which might not cause much of a problem, except he can't help having his husband in on every grift.

Case in point: Minutes before this story was published, Kimberlin Brown for Congress breathlessly posted, "I am so happy to announce that our campaign has received the endorsement of the Chairman of Reform California and the leader of the statewide Gas Tax Repeal Campaign, Carl DeMaio! #TeamKimberlin"

However, the Bold and the Beautiful ingenue neglects to mention she's paid $16,000 the past three months to Carl's spouse for work on her campaign.

It's this blatant conflict of interest that continues to cast doubt on every issue and office he touches.


dwbat May 8, 2018 @ 6:10 p.m.

How about a tax on the hot gas that DeMaio spews out on the radio?


Psycholizard May 9, 2018 @ 11:51 a.m.

Ken Harrison, you should learn to fake objectivity better. "Hold" DeMaio will never overcome those charges of sexual exhibitionism to win another office. And now a Republican governor candidate making the November ballot!!!, is considered a groundswell of Republicanism. Two questions, do our roads need repair? And how will we pay for those repairs. Those of us who don't spend all day holding the mayo and drive vehicles, see the gas tax as a solution. DeMaio, and the wealthy man who holds him as a spouse, are problems.


dwbat May 9, 2018 @ 2:43 p.m.

Just the idea to "hold" DeMaio is awfully creepy. ;-/


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