It took only a few minutes to find a four part series about Carl DeMaio that was disturbing to say the least.
Part 1: What we know about Scott Peters’ Role in the Carl DeMaio Scandal. This was about the faked break-in at one of Carl DeMaio’s campaign offices and the termination and alleged mistreatment of a campaign staffer.
Sometime in mid-May, Bosnich was fired from the DeMaio campaign. He says it was May 19. He says he confronted DeMaio about the alleged sexual harassment and when he showed up the next day at work, he was fired, offered money and another job.
But he told police, according to the recently released search warrant affidavit, he was fired May 26.
The DeMaio campaign has itself been wildly inconsistent on this question of when Bosnich was fired. It has, at different times, said Bosnich was fired May 5, May 14 and May 22.
A police report regarding the May 28 break-in at DeMaio headquarters quotes a DeMaio staffer saying Bosnich was fired May 22 for “poor performance.”
DeMaio campaign manager Tommy Knepper told police that on May 12, the day the notorious plagiarism scandal erupted, he told Bosnich that he would no longer be doing research for the campaign, and that on May 14, he told Bosnich he’d be getting his final paycheck the next day and would no longer be an employee — but he could still volunteer.
According to this version, Bosnich left the campaign by May 23.
In yet another claim, DeMaio’s team told the U-T’s Adrian Vore on May 20 that Bosnich had left the campaign two weeks before then. That would be May 5.
This was a classic DeMaio media play, complete with a villain, eye-popping facts and his preferred typeface.
But National Journal quickly protested. It looked like the report was cut and pasted from the Washington D.C. publication.
By the end of the day, DeMaio apologized to the magazine. He said staffers had produced the report, and he wasn’t aware of the plagiarism. But he also took responsibility.
“I don’t throw my staff under the bus,” he said.
That did not last long.
How does the termination of the Staffer, the Plagiarism and the faked break-in all connect? (And we have not even gotten to the graphic sexual misconduct stuff yet…)
On May 14, two days after the plagiarism mess erupted, U-T San Diego ran a letter to the editor about the disputed report from a Del Mar resident named Todd Bosnich.
He was the political director of the campaign, known to fight with liberals and the media on Twitter. His letter to the editor was a mistake — the product of the campaign trying to put on a public opinion show about its preferred topics. Staffers are supposed to find supporters in the community to sign their names to letters to the editor — not have their own names appear.
More importantly for this exercise, the letter is evidence that Bosnich was still on DeMaio’s team after the plagiarism incident.
According to emails obtained by the Washington Examiner, Bosnich was getting assignments as late as May 15. And Bosnich’s lawyer says he was fired on May 19, a week after the plagiarism incident.
Yet DeMaio’s team remains firm that he was fired for the plagiarism incident alone.
DeMaio’s spokesman Dave McCulloch said the letter to the editor wasn’t something Bosnich was supposed to do, but it was not the reason he was fired.
“As we have been very clear, Todd Bosnich was terminated for plagiarism,” McCulloch said.
That’s a crucial part of DeMaio’s story.
Drama. Way too much Drama in the Carl DeMaio Camp. Can this guy ever be taken seriously? (McCulloch is DeMaio’s campaign manager) Worse, DeMaio threw a staffer under the bus to save himself. Expect more of the same.
Here’s how McCulloch described the damage to NBC 7 San Diego: “Almost every cord inside the entire office – phone cords, communications, network cords, power cords – appears to have been cut.”
He also said the perpetrator poured water on laptops, printers and copiers and stole gas cards. Gas cards, in fact, were the only thing McCulloch or anyone from the campaign said was stolen.
DeMaio went on Fox News three days after the break-in and described his suspicions (emphasis added):
I don’t want to speculate but the San Diego police believe that this is politically motivated. The intruders didn’t take anything of economic value. They didn’t take computers out. What they did was they cut every single cord in the office. In this day and age, campaigns have become very technology-dependent. We have a sophisticated data system, a computer system that tracks every voter, whether they’re supporting, what issue is important to them. Of course, we have our entire communications system that is based on computerized phones. They came in and destroyed everything. They wiped us out entirely, took us off the internet. It was designed to silence the campaign very clearly.
Note the bolded line. Two things: They did report that several hundred dollars of gas cards were stolen. Perhaps he meant “significant economic value.” But secondly, this seems intended to both drive home that it wasn’t a property crime but a political one, while leaving open the door to another type of theft.
That explanation would later evolve.
The Fox News anchor asked DeMaio whether the break-in happened because he is a gay man. “Who knows?” DeMaio responded.
10News’ Steve Fiorina reported that the entry point came from an adjoining office. A file cabinet, with files inside, was untouched, while another was stripped of several hundred dollars worth of gasoline debit cards.
“Whoever broke in had some knowledge about the office,” Fiorina said.
Again, nothing other than the gas cards were reported stolen to the public.
Many months later, in front of TV cameras during a debate, DeMaio would claim that something else — something sacred to the campaign — was stolen as well. We’ll get to that in a minute.
Then we jump to the end of the article – and this is key. DeMaio is surrounded by drama and he routinely changes his story. This is a key reason to understanding why you can’t trust this guy as far as you can throw him:
Almost five months after a break-in at DeMaio’s campaign headquarters and almost two weeks after news broke that a former staffer was alleging DeMaio sexually harassed him, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced that she was declining to prosecute in both cases because of insufficient evidence.
Sexual harassment is usually a workplace and civil issue. Criminal harassment or battery is a higher bar, which we explained last year.
DeMaio had said he was certain of Bosnich’s guilt in the burglary.
What’s more, the chief of police, Shelley Zimmerman, refused to clarify whether she had, as DeMaio claimed, called to tell him charges against him were put to rest.
Instead, she issued this statement.
Both the alleged burglary to Carl DeMaio’s campaign office and the allegations of sexual misconduct against Carl DeMaio were taken seriously and investigated thoroughly by the San Diego Police Department. The highest level of confidentially was maintained during the entire investigative process, and will continue to be maintained, to protect the integrity of each investigation.
The police department spokesman had earlier said that it appeared a burglary had, indeed, occurred. But now, Zimmerman was calling it an “alleged” burglary.
The spokesman told NBC 7’s Fry, when she asked for clarification, to read the statement closely line by line.
AS we continue our expose’ on Carl DeMaio – we need to warn you in advance the content is going to be extremely graphic. AS I have been researching Carl DeMaio I am convinced that not only is he a fraud conservative, he does not appear to be healthy either. Too much drama, too many changing stories, his hair-trigger temper and the like will be continuing.
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