Mar 042020

Ladies and gentlemen, it is Wednesday Morning. I sit here blurry-eyed and exhilarated.

#1 Grifter of the Year Nominee Sean Feucht #CA03 got hammered: Tamika Hamilton won convincingly.

Sean Feucht’s campaign was marked by a lot of bizarre occurrences and several anecdotal stories of his behavior. Fortunately, the superior candidate won in a rout.

#2 #CA12: Grifter of the Year Nominee Deanna Lorraine was humiliated, garnering only 2.1% of the vote in the final election night canvass.

I guess not even San Francisco was not ready for this freakshow.

#3 Drama-Riddled Liberal RINO Carl DeMaio (who is set to bolt the GOP over his loss) got hammered by Darrell Issa in #CA50

#4 Supervisor Bob Elliott got thrashed and the no-name grifter that moved from #CA09 to #CA10 to run got 3% of the vote. The SJGOP has egg on its’ face as both Marla Livengood (CA10) and Jesus Andrade (SD05) got blown out last night. The party bosses in San Joaquin County jammed down endorsements for both of them. NOTE: winning GOP candidate Ted Howze is a paid advertiser on Right on Daily.


So um, Bob – time to use that truck of yours to pick up your own signs. Marla Livengood has now run and gotten shellacked twice. She can go away now.

#CA08 – Grifter of the Decade Tim Donnelly is in a solid third place and has finally been stopped at the ballot box.

Don’t worry folks, Tim Donnelly has no shame and he will be back for more.

Mar 022020

Did you know that Carl DeMaio went off on a building owner in Lancaster, CA in 2018? Did you know he went off on volunteers in Fresno in 2018? Both incidents were during his failed Prop 6 effort. Remember, it was all about him.

Well – those chickens are coming home to roost.

It appears that Carl’s toxicity has claimed his election night party as its’ latest victim.

My source: Carl has told media outlets he will not be available for interviews tomorrow night. One of those media outlets apparently leaked this juicy morsel.

Then there is William “Bill” Brough. He just got nuked.

But hey! Bill Brough sent a blast text out with CRA endorsements!

Feb 292020

IT is always nice when a couple of older party stalwarts step up and tell me an unsolicited story about a candidate. In this case it was Carl being Carl and raging on the LAGOP. (Don’t feel bad Issa Staff you are not unique)

P.S. South Park made a video in Carl’s Honor. Click to watch it, it is hysterical. Note that it pre-dates the 2014 drama as it was made in 2013.

CA-50 Update: That Time When Carl DeMaio Raged on the LAGOP on the John and Ken Show. (Not exactly a way to pass Prop 6)

Then of course DeMaio is raging on Issa Staff too and talking openly about leaving the GOP if he loses. Start packing Carl.

CA-50 Update: Carl DeMaio is coming apart at the seams late in a campaign again. Also, has said in private conversations he is leaving the GOP

Public polls are showing that Carl is going down in flames

CA-50 Update: Why it Sucks to be Carl DeMaio. Reputable Public Poll Shows Him Flaming Out, Crashing and Burning, Biting the Big One, take your pick…

And of course we know why Carl DeMaio is trying to brand himself as a Conservative – because his life and his record are not even close.

CA-50 Update: Carl DeMaio in his own words: Called the National Border Patrol Council “the Swamp”, Supports Amnesty

CA-50 Update: Far Left and Trump Hating Republican Groups Pouring Money in to Carl DeMaio

What a disaster. Good bye Carl, please take your drama out of the GOP.

Feb 282020

Carl DeMaio’s pattern of running ballot measures and failing to qualify them is not new. The twist here is the additional fun nuggets from this article we dug up.

There is a strong rumor that Carl DeMaio has told several people that he is going to bolt the GOP and go DTS. His exact words are “There is no place for me in this party”. No Kidding, Carl is Pro-Choice, Pro-Amnesty, and likes to trash Republican Groups at the drop of a hat. Or, perhaps Carl is just having another temper tantrum because he is not getting what he wants? Hmmm…

South Park made a video in Carl’s Honor. Click to watch it, it is hysterical. Note that it pre-dates the 2014 drama as it was made in 2013.

Pulling back the curtain on Carl DeMaio’s costly signature-gathering campaign

By Kelly Davis


At a June 14 press conference, San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio stood behind eight cardboard filing boxes, filled with what he said were petitions containing enough signatures to put his long-touted city-contracting measure on the November ballot.

Channeling his best JFK, DeMaio declared, “Today, San Diego voters take back control of city government.”

That statement could prove premature. Results released late Monday of a statistical-sample count by the county Registrar of Voters showed that the petitions DeMaio handed in didn’t contain the 96,834 valid signatures—15 percent of the city’s registered voting population—the ballot measure needs to qualify. In a statement later that evening, DeMaio said he’d appeal, which means he’ll have to pay for a hand count. The cost for that hand count, San Diego City Clerk Elizabeth Maland told CityBeat on Tuesday, is estimated to be $150,000.

When it cost at least $190,000 to gather those signatures in the first place, what’s another $150,000?

Described in press releases as a grassroots signature-gathering effort, two committees—Reforming City Hall with Carl DeMaio and San Diegans for Fair and Open Contracting—have spent, so far, at least a quarter-million dollars to get the so-called Competition and Transparency in City Contracting measure on the November ballot. Among other things, the measure would make it easier for the private sector to compete for jobs currently held by city employees and, as critics of the measure have pointed out, it would nullify a city law that requires contractors to pay their workers an hourly rate higher than the state’s minimum wage, as well as either provide healthcare benefits or pay a benefit stipend.

The cardboard filing boxes contained 134,441 signatures.

To get those signatures, a little more than $170,000 went to The La Jolla Group, a longtime local signature-gathering company, according to campaign-finance disclosures. (Bob Glaser, owner of The La Jolla Group, declined to say how many signatures he gathered for DeMaio or what his company was paid per signature.) Another $2,194 was paid to independent signature gatherers, and $500 was spent to rent booths at community events, specifically for signature gathering. The most recent disclosures show Reforming City Hall with Carl DeMaio paying $16,000 to a local company called Hale Media Inc., also for signature gathering. Hale Media is owned by DeMaio’s boyfriend, Johnathan Hale.

Do a Google search for Hale Media and you come to a splash page advertising two websites: and something called The former, San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, is an online-only news and entertainment site that’s positioned itself as a competitor to the more established Gay and Lesbian Times. SDPix, which is published monthly, always includes a photo series featuring a buffed-out, scantily clad male centerfold along with nightlife photographs taken at clubs that advertise with the publication. Hale has done web work for some of Hillcrest’s more prominent gay establishments, like Baja Betty’s, Urban Mo’s and Rich’s, and is listed as having registered URLs like and In January, the company registered the URL, the ballot-measure campaign’s official website. San Diegans for Fair and Open Contracting, the other committee that’s raised money for the ballot measure, shows a total of $2,225 going to Hale Media for IT work.

When CityBeat contacted Hale, he said he hadn’t done any paid work for the campaign, only volunteered and took photos. When asked about the $16,000 payment for signature gathering, he said the campaign would have to answer that question.

Campaign spokesperson Jennifer Jacobs described Hale Media’s role as, basically, a payroll service.

“We had a crew of paid-intern types who were doing signature gathering, and they have to have a mechanism to get paid,” she said. “So [Hale] paid the signature gatherers and then [$16,000] was the reimbursement from the campaign.”

Jacobs said that because the committee’s treasurer lives in Orange County, it was easier to have Hale cut the checks. “It just happened to be that it was easier to do it out of where Johnathan was and where Carl was making his fundraising phone calls,” she said. “This isn’t an uncommon thing.”

CityBeat ran this scenario past a number of longtime campaign consultants and got an almost-unanimous Huh?

“I don’t understand the purpose of it,” said John Dadian of Dadian & Associates.

“Why does it really matter where your treasurer is? I e-mail the invoices and they put a check in the mail. Why would it be any different in Orange County?” said Jennifer Tierney of the Gemini Group.

“This is not even close to passing the smell test,” said Chris Crotty of Crotty Consulting.

All three questioned why campaign disclosures didn’t show an in-kind contribution from Hale Media for the use of its office.

Stacey Fulhorst, executive director of the city’s Ethics Commission, which enforces campaign laws in San Diego, said that while she’s not come across this sort of payment system, it’s fairly common for a campaign consultant to cover costs and then get reimbursed. She said that any payments of $500 or more made by someone on behalf of a campaign committee would need to be disclosed on campaign reports as sub-vendor payments.

Reforming City Hall with Carl DeMaio shows Hale Media as making sub-vendor payments in two instances: to rent a table at the Little Italy Festa Siciliano for the purpose of signature gathering, and to pay for website work done by Jessica King, SDPix’s webmaster.

Neither Jacobs nor DeMaio responded to additional questions from CityBeat by press time, asking how many interns were employed, what exactly was the scope of their jobs, why the use of the Hale Media office wasn’t listed as an in-kind contribution and whether the committee could provide documentation to support Jacobs’ explanation of the payment system.

Lorena Gonzalez, head of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, which opposes the ballot measure, said the fact the committee used paid interns brings up additional questions.

“Who are these interns? Are they being paid a state rate?” she said. “There are rules about work hours and what they need to be paid. We don’t know any of that because it’s all hidden.”

An earlier version of this article said that the websites for Beja Betty’s and Urban Mo’s are registered to Jonathan Hale. That’s not accurate; Hale initially registered the sites, but DCSS, Inc. is the current owner.

Come on Carl DeMaio, the drama goes back over ten years. No one should take this guy seriously as he failed to qualify multiple ballot measures and paid his husband out of said efforts at that. That is not exactly what I call reform.

Feb 272020

Come on Carl, this is amateur night. The DCCC didn’t even have to break a sweat on this stuff!!!

There is a strong rumor that Carl DeMaio has told several people that he is going to bolt the GOP and go DTS. His exact words are “There is no place for me in this party”. No Kidding, Carl is Pro-Choice, Pro-Amnesty, and likes to trash Republican Groups at the drop of a hat. Or, perhaps Carl is just having another temper tantrum because he is not getting what he wants? Hmmm…

Note: South Park made a video in Carl’s Honor. Click to watch it, it is hysterical. Note that it pre-dates the 2014 drama as it was made in 2013.

The DCCC statement brought up three incidents, all dating back years:

In 2008, DeMaio agreed to pay a $1,500 city Ethics Commission fine for indirectly soliciting campaign contributions from city employees in violation of the Municipal Code as a City Council candidate. (DeMaio, in any case, received no money from city employees.)

In 2010, DeMaio paid Hale Media Inc., owned by his boyfriend Johnathan Hale, $16,000 for signature gathering but didn’t list it in campaign disclosures. (A spokeswoman for DeMaio’s Reforming City Hall campaign at the time defended Hale Media’s role as a payroll service.)

Taxpayers advocate Richard Rider didn’t see a problem with the $16,000 payment, remarking in San Diego Rostra: “The inference is that Hale pocketed the $16K, but that’s not what the facts indicate at this point.” Rider said most or all of the money went to petitioners. He didn’t deal with the disclosure issue.

And in 2012, a long profile of DeMaio suggested that he plagiarized the website of a rival Washington consultant.

“In 2003, Christopher Wye was planning a major conference on government performance for a center he ran as part of the federally chartered National Academy of Public Administration,” said Voice of San Diego in the profile. “Wye said he woke up one morning to find (DeMaio’s) Performance Institute had decided to plan its own competing conference and had replicated Wye’s entire website down to its color scheme.”

Plagiarism? That was also part of the sexual misconduct scandal in the 2014 Congressional Campaign too!

On the morning of May 12, DeMaio blasted out this report he said he wrote  about members of Congress receiving a pension and a congressional salary:

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.

Good Lord dude.

That and Carl’s demonstrated unstable behavior – raging on the LAGOP while trying to pass prop 6, two alleged incidents of wanking around people, and a bonus third incident around a broken urinal (or something), a faked break-in at a campaign HQ, and a host of bizarre statements suggesting he has Tourette’s Syndrome.

CA-50 Update: Carl DeMaio in his own words: Called the National Border Patrol Council “the Swamp”, Supports Amnesty.

DeMaio lectured Republicans who want to enforce laws to protect our borders and keep our country safe, telling them to ‘cool the rhetoric.’ 

  • In an Oct. 24, 2014, article, the Los Angeles Times reported, “DeMaio is a self-described ‘proud gay American’ who bills himself as a reformer willing to take on his own party. In a recent TV ad, DeMaio said he was not a ‘tea party extremist.’ On immigration reform, for example, DeMaio said in an interview that he wanted to ‘cool the Republican rhetoric,’ which he described as disrespectful.”

Carl should have thought about that moral high ground when he was ripping off other people’s stuff and getting himself fined by the ethics commission. Bad Carl. Go away.