For most of his career, Carl DeMaio has been trying to peddle an agenda supposedly focused on transparency and accountability. It would be great to have more of both in our city government to be sure, and many people gave him a chance when he first joined the City Council. CityBeat had high hopes at first before releasing it's anti-DeMaio endorsement recently. Donna Frye tried also, and by this year called DeMaio a political sociopath. A troubling trajectory indeed.
It isn't that every elected official needs to make ethics a driving issue. It would be enough to simply make it a goal to adhere to the ethics rules in place -- both the letter and the spirit. And certainly if one is going to make accountability and transparency a rallying cry for their campaign, it would probably be good to embody
Carl DeMaio got his start in San Diego as a de facto lobbyist several years back. We have to say 'de facto' because DeMaio refused to register as a lobbyist even though the City Attorney called on him to do so. What was the problem?