Gay sex scandal hits GOP congressional candidate Carl DeMaio

CNN dropped a bombshell tonight on the campaign of gay Republican congressional candidate Carl DeMaio.

DeMaio, running against San Diego’s first-term Democrat Scott Peters, stands accused of sexually harassing, sexually accosting, and then attempting to bribe into silence, his former campaign policy director, Todd Bosnich.

While the story had already been public for a while, it was a bit of a he-said-he-said until CNN weighed in tonight.

Now, in a very long story, CNN breaks down the facts, and DeMaio is beginning to look very bad. Including CNN’s revelation that the former aide took a lie detector, and passed.

And in one of the best examples of “poor timing” in recent memory, GOP House Speaker John Boehner will be headlining a fundraiser for DeMaio at the embattled candidate’s home in San Diego tomorrow (Saturday).

Go read through CNN’s exceptional reporting by Chris Frates and Scott Zamost, and watch the video report below, but in a nutshell, here’s why this just became a huge story.

Carl DeMaio

Carl DeMaio

DeMaio now faces his third accusation of public masturbation

The 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.

One morning last April, Bosnich said he arrived early at campaign headquarters and DeMaio called him back to his office.

“I came over to his office, door was open. And he was masturbating,” Bosnich said. “I 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.”

There was no mistaking what was happening, he said.

DeMaio was already under the pall of another public masturbation scandal from last year, when a fellow city councilman claimed that he twice caught DeMaio masturbating in a city hall restroom.

Now, what’s particularly interesting about this first public masturbation incident is that the alleged witness ran into another councilwoman moments after, and recounted the story while quite emotional about it. And while that does not prove the story, it adds much more credence to the belief that “something” happened:

The Democrat declined an interview request, but councilwoman Marti Emerald said she learned about the 2009 incident immediately after Hueso witnessed it. On the way to the women’s room, she said she literally bumped into Huseo as he exited the men’s room across the hall.

“He was furious; he looked like something serious had just happened,” Emerald said. “He said DeMaio was in there (masturbating). And I said do you want to grab a police officer and have him arrested? Because this is a violation of the (city) code. He said no, but he was pretty upset.”

CNN goes on to note that DeMaio denies the allegation, and claims he passed a lie detector test to prove it. But now DeMaio is refusing to provide the results of the “I didn’t publicly masturbate” test to CNN. (“It’s a claim DeMaio denied — even saying he took a polygraph test to support his denial, but he declined to provide the results to CNN.”)

You know who did provide the results of a masturbation lie detector test to CNN? DeMaio’s accuser Bosnich, who, CNN says, passed the test.

Bosnich also took an independent lie detector test to support his allegations, a copy of which Bosnich’s attorney provided to CNN. The report said Bosnich’s answers were “truthful” and found “no deception.”

DeMaio allegedly had his accuser fired, then offered to bribe him

Bosnich says he eventually complained to the campaign director, Tommy Knepper, who allegedly told Bosnich “that’s just the way Carl is.” Then, according to Bosnich, Knepper suggested that it was Bosnich’s fault for telling DeMaio that he (Bosnich) was gay.

Bosnich says that after he eventually confronted DeMaio about the masturbation incident, he was fired the next day, but given the option to take another job, and $50,000, if he signed a non-disclosure.

The DeMaio campaign, on the other hand, claims that Bosnich was fired for plagiarism, and they’ve been claiming for a while now that Bosnich was not only the prime suspect, but the guilty party, who got “caught” after someone broke in to their campaign headquarters earlier this year.

In fact, CNN reveals, no one has been charged with the break-in, nor have the police named any suspects.

DeMaio then claimed that he had “evidence” that would prove Bosnich was behind the break-in, but would only show it to CNN if they promised not to report on it. So CNN took a look, and had this to say: “On its own, the material did not appear to refute Bosnich’s claims.”

Then there’s the recent (over) reaction of DeMaio’s campaign to CNN’s questions about the story. Not only did the campaign hire veteran GOP political consultant, and Fox News commentator, Rick Grenell, who accused CNN of leading a “partisan witch hunt,” but the campaign has now apparently retained high-powered DC Republican lawyer Ben Ginsberg.

I mean, wow.

DeMaio has never been loved by the local or national gay community. He’s a gay man who isn’t terribly interested in supporting gay rights. DeMaio reportedly even refused to speak out against California’s hateful repeal of gay marriage in that state, Proposition 8.

So there’s not much love lost between DeMaio and the community.

Still, can’t gay Republicans do any better than this?


Follow me on Twitter: @aravosis | @americablog | @americabloggay | Facebook | Instagram | Google+ | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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