Log Cabin Republicans Endorse Controversial Carl DeMaio for Congress
The Log Cabin Republicans announced in a press release that its Board of Directors has endorsed Carl DeMaio for Congress.
"DeMaio, a gay Republican and former San Diego City Councilman, is running to be the next Congressman in California’s 52nd Congressional District," the statement reads.
"The people of California need a reform-minded, new generation Republican to represent them in Congress," said Log Cabin Republicans National Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo, "and I can think of no one who fits that bill better than Carl: a successful businessman, a proven leader, and a fine example of a strong gay conservative. This is a seat we can win, and we’re going to win it with Carl."
On May 30, DeMaio formally announced his run for Congress in 2014, with the primaries taking place early in the year and the general election happening in November. He will challenge incumbent, Democratic Congressman Scott Peters, who just defeated Republican Brian Bilbray, taking his seat this January. Peters is the first Democrat elected in the traditionally conservative 52nd Congressional District since its creation in 1993.
"Last year Peters and his union cronies tried to make the LGBT Community believe that Carl did not support marriage equality," Susan Jeste, head of the Log Cabin Republicans of San Diego County told San Diego Gay and Lesbian News. "Why? To win re-election, to keep the power so they can continue to line their pockets with your tax dollars."