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Carl DeMaio and his mayoral campaign have been drawing fire from several directions in recent weeks.

First, there’s the San Diego LGBT Weekly. Last week, the paper published an editorial criticizing recent endorsements the openly gay DeMaio’s campaign has picked up.

DeMaio backer, former mayor, and AM radio conservative talk host Roger Hedgecock is one of the eye-raisers. Hedgecock has in the past petitioned for a protest group he headed, called “Normal People,” to be allowed to march in Hillcrest’s annual Pride parade. He’s referred to homosexuals as “the radical leftist gay and lesbian community,” and campaigned heavily to get Proposition 8, which created a state law to deny gays the right to marry, on the ballot.

Republican politician and municipal judge Larry Stirling, another recent endorser of DeMaio’s candidacy, also draws ire from the LGBT community. According to LGBT Weekly, Stirling consistently voted against measures beneficial to gays while a member of California’s Assembly and Senate. On the bench, he earned the nickname “Lysol Larry” after ordering his entire courtroom sanitized after the appearance of a HIV-positive defendant in 1991, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“Hedgecock and Stirling still do not believe in LGBT equality. What did DeMaio discuss with homophobes Hedgecock and Stirling to secure their support?” asks LGBT Weekly. “Was there a promise to put LGBT equality on the back burner if elected, or worse, a promise to not promote any items on the LGBT equality agenda?”

Doug Porter of the local progressive news website OB Rag has also been critical of DeMaio. One of Porter’s complaints centers around DeMaio’s aversion to attending mayoral forums and debates. According to an October 1 article, DeMaio had previously used the excuse of being too busy petitioning for his plan to alter city worker pension benefits to show up to debates. Since turning in the signatures to get the pension measure on the ballot, DeMaio has remained absent from the forums, including skipping an October 19 mayoral debate put on by the Coalition For a Better San Diego, a union-supported group. Bonnie Dumanis, another Republican candidate, also declined to attend, leaving Democrat Bob Filner to share the stage with Nathan Fletcher, one of the three Republicans in an officially non-partisan race.

Porter has also criticized DeMaio’s campaign for focusing primarily on affluent, predominantly white neighborhoods. DeMaio’s District 5, with a 2008 median household income of $95,211, is the second wealthiest in the city.

Jim Miller, co-author of Under the Perfect Sun: The San Diego Tourists Never See, also gets his shots in, saying that DeMaio’s agenda “is connected to a larger, nationwide web of think tanks whose decades-long intellectual assault on unions, the public sector, and even the very notion of government is now bearing fruit from Wisconsin to California,” in another OB Rag post, which he quotes in a more recent article on wage disparity in San Diego on the same site.

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SurfPuppy619 Oct. 25, 2011 @ 10:03 a.m.

"He’s referred to homosexuals as “the radical leftist gay and lesbian community,”

Oh brother. But for some people their upbringing and religious views make them have a closed mind and they just cannot accept other peoples rights no matter what. Reminds me of the south in their treatment of blacks pre 1960's as well as the ban on black and white races getting married back in the 1960's.


Gail Powell Oct. 25, 2011 @ 10:10 a.m.

Does Dave Rice still write for the OB Rag blog site? I really like his work-he is very comprehensive in his stories.


Dave Rice Oct. 25, 2011 @ 10:12 p.m.

Thanks for the kind words. Occasional commentary still appears on the Rag, but the majority of my time is spent here with the Reader.


BlueSouthPark Oct. 25, 2011 @ 11:53 a.m.

Call 311!

Check out Carl's virtual town hall http://www.carldemaio.com/video-townhall">http://www.carldemaio.com/video-townhall

This is a captured segment of the actual live event, but you can have some fun typing in your own question.

Let it play out the short capture, then watch Carl stare, fidget, and repeatedly tell you about the city potholes/graffiti/dead animals app.

Note the virtual office and virtual city buildings. What could better epitomize San Diego government? After all, Sanders was elected after promoting himself as the CFO of a company named Virtual Capital Corporation.


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