Democratic Congressman Beats Boehner-Supported Gay GOP Candidate Accused Of Sexual Harassment
A highly-controversial candidate accused of sexual harassment, public masturbation, andÂ plagiarism in his campaign has lost in a highly-contested congressional race.
Carl Demaio (image, right)Â has lost his bid to become a U.S. Congressman, and incumbent Democratic Rep. Scott Peters has been declared the winner after a very close race. The AP called the election for Peters (image, left) last night, noting that “Peters led with 51.3 percent of the vote to 48.8 percent for Carl DeMaio, a 4,491-vote lead.”
The California Republican, who is gay, has been trying to elevate his profile for years despite also fighting allegations of sexual harassment â€“ including masturbating in public â€“ from both Republicans and Democrats, along withÂ plagiarism.
John Boehner has helped fundraise for DeMaio, despite a long trail of sexual harassment allegations. TheÂ Speaker of the House even headlined a “$1,000 per plate fundraising event” for DeMaio in California.
John Aravosis at AmericaBlog has been watching DeMaio’s career closely.Â
DeMaio, you see, is currently facing multiple allegations of having publicly masturbated in front of coworkers at the office, including his own staff.
The first accusation came from a Democratic city council member.
The secondÂ andÂ third cameÂ from two former DeMaio staffers, both men, both Republican, one gay and one straight.
The latter, Justin Harper, is also a recent veteran of the US Navy.
The fact that both young men are Republicans tends to undermine DeMaioâ€™s ongoing claims that this is all just Democratic dirty tricks.
There is also a fourthÂ allegation that I havenâ€™t been able to nail down the details of â€” but once you get to three accusations of sexual harassment fromÂ three different people, including two of yourÂ own employees, the chargesÂ become extremely difficult to dismiss out of hand.
In an earlier report, Aravosis explained one of the allegations, noting that a “former staffer, who was 28 at the time, is alleging, in some detail, that DeMaio, 40, not only groped him, but masturbated in front of the young(ish) man.”
DeMaio was already under the pall of another publicÂ masturbation scandalÂ from last year, when a fellow city councilman claimed thatÂ heÂ twiceÂ caught DeMaio masturbating in a city hall restroom.
He points to a CNN report:
One morning last April, Bosnich said he arrived early at campaign headquarters and DeMaio called him back to his office.
â€œI came over to his office, door was open. And he was masturbating,â€ Bosnich said. â€œI saw his hand, his penis in his hand and he had a smile on his face. And as soon as I came over he was looking at me.â€
There was no mistaking what was happening, he said.
And he writes about another allegation:
DeMaioâ€™s latestÂ accuser is Justin Harper, 25, a five-year Navy veteran who left the militaryÂ in December of 2012, and started working on DeMaioâ€™s congressional campaign in February of 2014.
Harper saysÂ he quit in July of this year, two days after he claims DeMaio walked out of a bathroom stall with his fly open and his penis in his hand.
â€œI was at the urinal, and (DeMaio) came from the stall that was closest to the urinal and was kind of just standing there hovering,â€ Harper said. â€œI turned around and realized that it was Carl. He had his pants up, but his fly was undone, and he had his hand grasping his genitals.â€
DeMaio is openly gay. Harper is straight.
Blogger Joe JervisÂ has also reported extensively on DeMaio, and notes not only has “a former staffer accused him of sexual harassment,” but “bribery.” And he has admitted toÂ plagiarismÂ in his campaign, by a former staffer.
In May, Jervis wrote:
Another news story alleges that DeMaio wasÂ secretly behindÂ the drive to recall disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner, presumably with the intent to position DeMaio to replace him. Filner resigned before the recall campaign officially launched. Last July the Log Cabin RepublicansÂ endorsedÂ DeMaio’s bid for the US House. In 2012 local LGBT activists organized a campaign toÂ boo DeMaioÂ during that year’s pride parade, noting that he’d been reluctant to endorse marriage equality and had accepted donations from backers of Proposition 8. DeMaio, a wealthy political consultant, is vehemently anti-union and has vowed that LGBT rights will never affect his political decisions.
That the race was so close is emblematic of just what Republicans will swallow to gain power.
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'GOOD LUCK WITH THAT'
‘Trying to Have It Both Ways’: Ivanka ‘Flailing’ as Trump Indictment Slams Family
While Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump have taken to their social media platforms to viciously lash out at Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for indicting their father on a reported 30 charges, Ivanka Trump posted a rather muted statement on her Instagram account which simply said, “I love my father, and I love my country. Today, I am pained for both. I appreciate the voices across the political spectrum expressing support and concern.”
According to Daily Beast conservative columnist Matt Lewis, the so-called “First Daughter,” who served in the White House with her father, is trying to stay true to her former president dad, while distancing herself from his legal problems — and it is not going to work for her.
As Lewis put it, Ivanka is “flailing” in her attempts to shed the memory of her participation in the Trump administration that reached its lowest point on Jan. 6 when supporters of Trump stormed the Capitol and sent lawmakers fleeing for their lives.
“It’s hard to argue with anything Ivanka says here, but it is not a statement of moral clarity. Nor is it (conversely) a statement of strong support for her father. She’s flailing and trying to have it both ways,” Lewis wrote before adding, “Now, it’s understandable that a daughter might not want to utterly condemn her father. Further, children are not responsible for their parents’ sins. Except, of course, if you consider the fact that Ivanka served as the primary weapon in the ‘Trump’s not such a belligerent pig as his four decades as a public figure would make you think’ propaganda push.”
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Noting that Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner — who has baggage of his own — both stuck with Trump in the White House for all four years, Lewis added, “As far as the former first daughter goes, she and her husband might be done with politics, but once you’ve been a party to an administration like Trump’s, it’s going to be a long time before politics is done with them.”
“So, Ivanka, you want to have a seat at the cool apolitical kids’ table? You want to be once again accepted by the socially liberal billionaires’ children you used to go to the Hamptons with and now have Miami Beach playdates with? You want to enjoy the privileges of being a Trump with none of the shame? Good luck with that,” he concluded.
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Dominion Wins ‘Blockbuster Victories’ Against Fox News – Last Legal Issue Will Be Decided by a Jury: Report
Dominion Voting Systems won what are being called “blockbuster victories” Friday afternoon when a judge ruled the company suing Fox News for $1.6 billion in a major defamation lawsuit had met its burden of proof that Rupert Murdoch‘s far-right wing cable channel had repeatedly made false statements.
The final, and likely greatest legal issue Dominion will have to prove will be actual malice. That issue will be decided in a jury trial, Delaware Superior Court Judge Eric M. Davis ruled Friday, according to Law & Crime.
Unlike previous cases, Fox News will reportedly not be able to argue the on-air statements its personalities made were opinion.
CNN legal analyst and Brookings senior fellow Norm Eisen calls Friday’s decision a “huge win for Dominion on their summary judgment motion against Fox News.”
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“Dominion won partial summary judgement that what Fox said about them was false! Now they just have to prove actual malice and damages,” Eisen says. “Meanwhile Fox’s motion was totally denied.”
Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, an MSNBC contributor adds: “Dominion’s evidence Fox made false statements with reckless disregard is as strong as any I’ve seen.”
The judge was very clear in his ruling.
“While the Court must view the record in the light most favorable to Fox, the record does not show a genuine issue of material fact as to falsity,” Judge Davis wrote. “Through its extensive proof, Dominion has met its burden of showing there is no genuine issue of material fact as to falsity. Fox therefore had the burden to show an issue of material fact existed in turn. Fox failed to meet its burden.”
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Attorney and MSNBC host and legal analyst Katie Phang points to this key passage in Judge Davis’ ruling.
Dominion has won the argument on the issue of falsity, meaning that as the Court funds below, “it is CRYSTAL clear that none of the Statements relating to Dominion about the 2020 election are true.” pic.twitter.com/7lKEspN0WI
— Katie S. Phang (@KatiePhang) March 31, 2023
Court watchers and news junkies are familiar at this point with the massive legal filings Dominion has made in which it exposed how Fox News knowingly made false statements regarding the 2020 presidential election. Those filings, each hundreds of pages, also detail internal Fox News communications and bombshell conversations between the company’s top personalities, executives, and even Chairman Rupert Murdoch.
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RIGHT WING EXTREMISM
Capitol Police Issue Warning Over Possible Trump Protests ‘Across the Country’
The U.S. Capitol Police and the Senate Sergeant at Arms on Friday jointly issued a statement warning they “anticipate” Trump protests across the country. The statement is not time-specific, and it states it has no information on “credible threats,” but some Democratic offices are allowing staffers to work from home Friday and Tuesday.
“The Sergeant at Arms and United States Capitol Police (USCP) anticipate demonstration activity across the country related to the indictment of former President Trump. While law enforcement is not tracking any specific, credible threats against the Capitol or state offices, there is potential for demonstration activity. USCP is working with law enforcement partners, so you may observe a greater law enforcement presence on Capitol Hill,” the statement reads.
“The SAA and USCP are monitoring the potential nationwide impacts to Senate state offices,” it adds.
The House Sergeant at Arms was conspicuously absent from the statement. Speaker Kevin McCarthy has control over that office.
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Additionally, Axios is reporting, “several House Democrats are allowing staffers to work from home as a safety precaution,” noting that “the memory of Trump supporters ransacking the Capitol on Jan. 6 is still fresh on the mind.”
U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) is allowing staff to work from home for safety reasons. She told Axios, “I don’t ever want to see a Jan. 6 again.”
“I’ve been in the Trump hate tunnel, Donald Trump has gone after me, and quite frankly I don’t have security. I don’t have entourages.”
She’s not the only Democrat to raise concerns.
“Much of the language from the former President and his devotees is similar to what inspired Jan. 6th,” U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips said. “I’m concerned about safety for my colleagues and my staff.”
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Meanwhile, House Republicans are issuing full-throated support for Trump and calling for protests.
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who was called out by name in a six-page letter Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg sent to Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan Friday morning, announced she will be in New York on Tuesday to support Trump when he is arraigned. She has posted several tweets since Trump was indicted.
Speaker Kevin McCarthy issued a statement Thursday seemingly designed to gin up rage and action in the MAGA base.
“Alvin Bragg has irreparably damaged our country in an attempt to interfere in our Presidential election. As he routinely frees violent criminals to terrorize the public, he weaponized our sacred system of justice against President Donald Trump. The American people will not tolerate this injustice, and the House of Representatives will hold Alvin Bragg and his unprecedented abuse of power to account.”
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