CityBeat Endorsement: No on DeMaio
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
San Diego CityBeat
April 25, 2012
On one level, we admire San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio tremendously. Here’s a man who, when he was but a boy, seemed to insist on avoiding becoming a statistic. He emerged from a home broken by his reportedly abusive father, coped with the untimely death of his beloved mother, worked hard and grew to be incredibly successful. He built a business, became rich and now has a legitimate shot at being elected mayor of the nation’s eighth most populous city.
It’s how he’s used his success and who he’s become that we find so distasteful.
CityBeat’s been making election endorsements ever since it started in 2002. Only twice have we despised a politician so much that we’ve made a special issue of opposing his bid for office. We did it in 2010 with county Supervisor Bill Horn. And now we do it with DeMaio. Our case against his candidacy for mayor of San Diego continues here.
Considering how well he rose above a difficult childhood and persevered, it’s a shame that we can’t get behind him. He’s someone we would have otherwise liked to root for.