Headline: California Republican Appears to Plagiarize to Make Case Against Opponent [National Journal, 5/12/14]

Headline: Not the First Time DeMaio’s Been Accused of Borrowing ‘Right Down to the Color Scheme’ [Voice of San Diego, 5/12/14]

Headline: California Republican Appears to Plagiarize to Make Case Against Opponent [National Journal, 5/12/14]

Headline: Not the First Time DeMaio’s Been Accused of Borrowing ‘Right Down to the Color Scheme’ [Voice of San Diego, 5/12/14]

Demaio Received $2,500 Contribution from the Koch Brothers’ PAC. On March 31, 2014, DeMaio received a $2,500 contribution from the Koch Industries Inc. Political Action Committee (KOCHPAC). [FEC.gov, received 3/31/2014]

Demaio Received $2,500 Contribution from the Koch Brothers’ PAC. On March 31, 2014, DeMaio received a $2,500 contribution from the Koch Industries Inc. Political Action Committee (KOCHPAC). [FEC.gov, received 3/31/2014]

DeMaio Idealized Sen. Ted Cruz On The First Day Of The Government Shutdown. In 2013, while speaking at a San Diego Lions Club event, DeMaio idealized Senator Ted Cruz on the first day of the government shutdown and praised Cruz’s defiance as a good example of how he would be able to change Washington as a junior congressman. “Take a look at what Ted Cruz is doing. Freshman Senator, he’s certainly creating a lot of stir. So I do believe one individual can make a difference. And it’s a question of whether you are willing to stand your ground.” [San Diego Lions Club event, 10/1/13]
House Republicans Credit Ted Cruz For Government Shutdown. In September 2013, House Republicans credited Ted Cruz for spearheading the government shutdown. Huffington Post: “House Republicans give one person the most credit for bringing Congress to its current standoff over funding for the federal government: Ted Cruz […] Many lawmakers said they would have been here had it not been for the junior Senator from Texas.” [Huffington Post, 9/29/13]

DeMaio Idealized Sen. Ted Cruz On The First Day Of The Government Shutdown. In 2013, while speaking at a San Diego Lions Club event, DeMaio idealized Senator Ted Cruz on the first day of the government shutdown and praised Cruz’s defiance as a good example of how he would be able to change Washington as a junior congressman. “Take a look at what Ted Cruz is doing. Freshman Senator, he’s certainly creating a lot of stir. So I do believe one individual can make a difference. And it’s a question of whether you are willing to stand your ground.” [San Diego Lions Club event, 10/1/13]

House Republicans Credit Ted Cruz For Government Shutdown. In September 2013, House Republicans credited Ted Cruz for spearheading the government shutdown. Huffington Post: “House Republicans give one person the most credit for bringing Congress to its current standoff over funding for the federal government: Ted Cruz […] Many lawmakers said they would have been here had it not been for the junior Senator from Texas.” [Huffington Post9/29/13]

DeMaio Was Booed At Various LGBT Events During Mayoral Campaign. In 2012, DeMaio was booed at various LGBT events during his campaign for Mayor of San Diego. San Diego Union-Tribune: “[D]uring the mayoral campaign, DeMaio has been booed at various LGBT-centric events, including a mayoral debate in Hillcrest, a rainbow flag-raising ceremony for the community and the annual Pride parade in which he walked alongside his longtime partner.” [San Diego Union-Tribune, 9/19/12]
Accepted Campaign Contributions from Backers of Proposition 8. In 2012, during his mayoral bid, DeMaio accepted campaign contributions and support from backers of Proposition 8, the 2008 initiative that banned same-sex marriage in California. [San Diego Union-Tribune, 9/19/12]

DeMaio Was Booed At Various LGBT Events During Mayoral Campaign. In 2012, DeMaio was booed at various LGBT events during his campaign for Mayor of San Diego. San Diego Union-Tribune: “[D]uring the mayoral campaign, DeMaio has been booed at various LGBT-centric events, including a mayoral debate in Hillcrest, a rainbow flag-raising ceremony for the community and the annual Pride parade in which he walked alongside his longtime partner.” [San Diego Union-Tribune, 9/19/12]

Accepted Campaign Contributions from Backers of Proposition 8. In 2012, during his mayoral bid, DeMaio accepted campaign contributions and support from backers of Proposition 8, the 2008 initiative that banned same-sex marriage in California. [San Diego Union-Tribune9/19/12]

DeMaio Was The Lone Dissenting Vote On The City Council 102 Times In His 4-Year Tenure. From 2008-2012, DeMaio was the lone dissenting vote on the San Diego City Council 102 times. [City Council Minutes, 2008-2012]
…Despite Claiming That He “Reach[ed] Across The Party Aisle.” In December 2013, DeMaio claimed that he “reach[ed] across the party aisle” and “g[o]t things done” during his time on the San Diego City Council by actively working with Democrats to push through “big reforms.” DeMaio said the following: “We got big reforms done in San Diego, and I was on the end of a 2-6 minority, two Republicans and six Democrats, and I was able to reach across the party aisle and get the votes necessary through the legislative branch and then, ultimately, at the ballot box to get things done.” [The Hill, 12/12/13]

DeMaio Was The Lone Dissenting Vote On The City Council 102 Times In His 4-Year Tenure. From 2008-2012, DeMaio was the lone dissenting vote on the San Diego City Council 102 times. [City Council Minutes, 2008-2012]

…Despite Claiming That He “Reach[ed] Across The Party Aisle.” In December 2013, DeMaio claimed that he “reach[ed] across the party aisle” and “g[o]t things done” during his time on the San Diego City Council by actively working with Democrats to push through “big reforms.” DeMaio said the following: “We got big reforms done in San Diego, and I was on the end of a 2-6 minority, two Republicans and six Democrats, and I was able to reach across the party aisle and get the votes necessary through the legislative branch and then, ultimately, at the ballot box to get things done.” [The Hill, 12/12/13]

DeMaio Called The Tea Party The “Conscience” of Government Reform And Assured He Would “Owe” Them. In 2011, speaking at a gathering of Tea Party members, DeMaio called the Tea Party the “conscience of the accountable government movement” and assured that he would “owe [them] and our collective movement everything.” [San Diego Tea Party event, 12/14/11, 13:45]

DeMaio Called The Tea Party The “Conscience” of Government Reform And Assured He Would “Owe” Them. In 2011, speaking at a gathering of Tea Party members, DeMaio called the Tea Party the “conscience of the accountable government movement” and assured that he would “owe [them] and our collective movement everything.” [San Diego Tea Party event, 12/14/11, 13:45]

DeMaio Was Criticized By The Union-Tribune For Voting To Cut City Employee Salaries, But Not His Own. In June 2009, DeMaio was criticized by the San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board for having “rank hypocrisy” for not reducing his personal city budget while voting in favor of cutting the pay and benefits of city employees. The editorial noted that while Mayor Sanders and other council members cut their staff’s salaries and in some cases their own pay, DeMaio and four other members did not issue a pay cut to their own budget. [San Diego Union-Tribune, Editorial, 6/30/09]

Headline: For shame: Five City Council members refuse budget cuts [San Diego Union-Tribune, Editorial, 6/30/09]

…And Was Further Criticized By Police Officers And Firefighters For Giving His Staff Pay Raises While Calling For Salary Cuts. In October 2010, DeMaio was criticized by Brian Marvel, the president of the San Diego Police Officers Association, and Frank De Clercq, head of the San Diego firefighters union, for giving his staff pay raises while calling for cuts to city employees and criticizing firefighter EMT pay stipends. DeMaio increased the hourly pay of three staff members from their 2008 levels. Marvel said that DeMaio’s hypocrisy was “astonishing,” and De Clercq called DeMaio’s actions “hypocritical.” [San Diego Union-Tribune, Marvel LTE, 10/25/10; KSWB-TV, 10/21/10; San Diego Union-Tribune,10/20/10]

DeMaio Was Criticized By The Union-Tribune For Voting To Cut City Employee Salaries, But Not His Own. In June 2009, DeMaio was criticized by the San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board for having “rank hypocrisy” for not reducing his personal city budget while voting in favor of cutting the pay and benefits of city employees. The editorial noted that while Mayor Sanders and other council members cut their staff’s salaries and in some cases their own pay, DeMaio and four other members did not issue a pay cut to their own budget. [San Diego Union-Tribune, Editorial, 6/30/09]

Headline: For shame: Five City Council members refuse budget cuts [San Diego Union-Tribune, Editorial, 6/30/09]

…And Was Further Criticized By Police Officers And Firefighters For Giving His Staff Pay Raises While Calling For Salary Cuts. In October 2010, DeMaio was criticized by Brian Marvel, the president of the San Diego Police Officers Association, and Frank De Clercq, head of the San Diego firefighters union, for giving his staff pay raises while calling for cuts to city employees and criticizing firefighter EMT pay stipends. DeMaio increased the hourly pay of three staff members from their 2008 levels. Marvel said that DeMaio’s hypocrisy was “astonishing,” and De Clercq called DeMaio’s actions “hypocritical.” [San Diego Union-Tribune, Marvel LTE, 10/25/10; KSWB-TV, 10/21/10; San Diego Union-Tribune,10/20/10]

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