For years, Carl DeMaio has made it clear that he is not a conservative. His liberal beliefs have been the cornerstone of his entire political career up to this point.
In his last campaign, Carl DeMaio declared he was a ‘social moderate.’
- In a May 30, 2013, article, the Associated Press reported, “Carl DeMaio said Thursday that his campaign would focus on a balanced budget and pocketbook issues. The 38-year-old, openly gay Republican cast himself as a social moderate.”
DeMaio lectured Republicans on social issues and told them they should ‘embrace’ liberal positions on abortion and marriage. He implied that anyone who disagreed with his liberal positions belongs to the ‘extreme far right.’
- In a Nov. 3, 2013, article, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported, ““His stance on same-sex marriage and support for limited access to medical marijuana and abortion services may anger many Republicans, he said, particularly those at the extreme far right of the party. But those positions should be embraced by the GOP, he said.”
Carl DeMaio called conservatives Republicans ‘misguided’ and said he would ‘take on’ his party to fight against conservative values.
- In a Sept. 2, 2014, article, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported, ““DeMaio said he believe extreme elements in both parties are misguided. ‘I am the gay, pro-choice, pro-reformer who has taken on his own party time and time again,’ DeMaio said.”
Carl DeMaio says he wants to drain the swamp, but he made the motion to pass a pay increase for himself when he was on the city council.
DeMaio voted for a 15% pay increase at the height of the recession, just weeks after San Diego’s unemployment reached 11.1%
- MADE MOTION TO APPROVE hike in elected officials’ salaries – Mayor’s salary from $100,464 to $115,534; Council salary from $75,386 to $86,694. (City Council Minutes, 2/22/10)