Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, March 1, 2014
Watch out Frank Underwood – you have some serious competition coming your way in the form of congressional candidate Carl DeMaio.
The California Republican, who’s running against freshman Democrat Scott Peters in the state’s 52nd Congressional District, channeled some of the darkness channeled by the ruthless politician from Netflix’s “House of Cards.”
DeMaio is one of three openly gay Republicans running for Congress this year, the others being Richard Tisei of Massachusetts and Dan Innis of New Hampshire. DeMaio and Tisei are both on the GOP’s list of potential “Young Gun” candidates for the 2014 cycle.
A one-term member of the San Diego City Council, DeMaio lost the 2012 Republican Mayoral primary to now-former Mayor Bob Filner. Filner later stepped down from the post in August after being charged with (and later found guilty of) false imprisonment and battery stemming from his repeated inappropriate sexual behavior toward women. He was sentenced to three month’s home confinement and three years probation back in December as part of a plea deal.
California’s 52nd Congressional District, which includes a large chunk of San Diego, is considered to be a pure toss-up according to the Cook Political Report. It has a partisan voter index rating of D+2.
“Democrat Scott Peters defeated Rep. Brian Bilbray (R), 51 percent to 48 percent, in 2012 and is extremely vulnerable in his first re-election. Peters faces former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio (R) this fall in what should be one of the top races in the country,” the release announcing the downgrading said. “After a high profile (though unsuccessful) bid for mayor of San Diego, DeMaio may actually start the race with higher name I.D. than the incumbent. The Republican also got out to a strong fundraising pace with over $1 million in 2013. That should put him at or near Peters in finances.”