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?


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  • dcinsider

    This could not be happening to a nicer guy.

  • wmforr

    Vitter? Ruined? Gingrich?

  • wmforr

    Right up there at the head of the “Whatever happened to?” column:

    Anyone remember Arizona sheriff Paul Babeu?

  • wmforr

    They give those to the Koch brothers.

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  • Silver_Witch

    My mother told me guys like blowjobs better then straight sex and I have found that to be true…and my mom is OLDer than dirt.

  • Silver_Witch

    That is okay – you all have a hero that was suffering from Alzheimer’s, who closed all the mental health facilities without putting anything in place to help them, hated unions, gave an okay to “drug-running” and ruined the middle-class…so far Republicans win for electing asshats.

  • Silver_Witch

    Probably not…public pullers usually only need two fingers.

  • Silver_Witch

    He is running ads here about how he, as an orphan, understands the value of education and would never join the Tea Party to stop access to education for the people. So he thinks we are stupid as well as all his other issues.

  • bud

    Good candidates from either party would be great. I’m so tired (and afraid) of voting for the lessor of two evils.

  • Island In The Sky

    Cong Schock – you’re next!

  • No openly-gay Republican non-incumbent has been elected to Congress.

  • kuvasz

    Funny, I thought that politicians screwed people not handjobs.

  • If I recall, he didn’t actually come out until after his vote for the Defense of Marriage Act encouraged several people who knew about him to threaten to out him as both gay and a hypocrite. He also knew about Mark Foley’s indiscretions years before anyone actually did anything about it.

    But it does show that, for the most part, voters don’t really care what their representatives do in their private lives, as long as it isn’t hypocritical to their public image and political stances, and isn’t illegal.

  • pericles9

    Hi, All. Anyone remember Rep. Jim Kolbe from Arizona? When the R’s held their national convention in Philadelphia, y2k, he was proudly out-and-about at Woody’s and other venues. Once while I was dancing with him I asked, “You single?” His response, “I’m married.” While attending other events I ran into two of his constituents, and husband and wife. I asked them how his district might have felt about his orientation, and learned that it wasn’t a big deal, even after a successful re-election campaign.

  • mgardener

    David diapers Vitter.
    Did not resign

  • emjayay

    One “up” vote is not enough for your comment.

  • KenRob

    You’re correct, except the GOP & the Tea Party are so intertwined now, they are now impossible to separate or tell apart The insanity infects them all.

  • Yeah, two-faced representations of the same situation — both intended to be pejorative towards those involved — seems to be the GOP’s bread-and-butter.

    Their attitudes towards abortion and birth control are the same. “Oh those poor victimized women who don’t know any better!” “Oh those sluts wouldn’t need abortions and contraceptives if they stopped being so slutty!”

  • Wilberforce

    Republicans can’t open their mouths without lying.
    Lewinsky was the predator, as shown by mountains of evidence. She came to Washington planning to seduce the Prez. She played the sexual slave, with endless mouth sessions, then blabbed it in three seconds flat.

  • Let’s never forget, Gingrich was literally leaving the Clinton scandal hearings and getting blow jobs from his mistress in his car in the Congressional parking lot.

  • The whole case from the right centered around victimizing Monica Lewinsky to make Clinton look like the big bad wolf, and then conversely slut shaming her and making her life generally miserable.

  • The only Republican I think of off hand who actually faced any real consequences for his sex scandal was Larry Craig. Usually they don’t even bother to resign. On the other side, the only Democrat I can think of who didn’t face any real consequences for his was Bill Clinton. Regardless, you can claim Clinton took advantage of a subordinate all you want, but the simple fact is his affair was legal between consenting adults, no one involved in the case has ever disputed that. His only “crime” was getting mealy mouthed and lying about it, when his only response to Ken Starr should have been “Yeah, we did it, what are you going to do about it?”. The case mentioned in this article is actually criminal, and is a story about a real predator. Your blinders are truly stunning.

  • And let’s not forget the man who beat DeMaio for the San Diego mayorship, Democrat Bob Filner, total sleaze-bucket and actual sexual harasser, as opposed to BJs and digital hanky-panky between two consenting adults.

    It’s also interesting how Ms. Lewinsky is infantilized by those who would make her entirely a victim of her rather obvious infatuation with and crush on Bill, who is not blameless either in choosing to have an affair. But really, since when is a blowjob ‘deviant’? I thought guys LOVED them. Well, normal guys anyway…

    Methinks I smell Clinton Derangement Syndrome. And I say this as someone who doesn’t like either of them as they’re neoliberal corporatist shills.

  • I generally just go with “Moron.”

  • Bill_Perdue

    Wrong. Both parties have unacceptable policies regarding LGBT equality. Both have disgusting records of supporting and enacting oppressive laws.

    This latest dizzying round of court victories is entirely and solely due to the militancy and untiring efforts of the LGBT communities and our movements. The best that can be said of the Obama regime is that, after a time, they didn’t stand in our way. On the other hand, after imposing DOMA on us they pigheadedly refused to repeal it or to pass their own Respect for Marriage Act.

    The fact that Democrat bigots rebranded is no more consequential and the fact that Republicans are beginning to do the same. Both recognized the writing on the wall and the only difference is that Democrat politicians were smarter and did it first.

    For those who want an ENDA or a CRA, who oppose wars of aggression, who want to see the fight for a decent minimum wage and the union organizing drives to succeed and for those who want an end to the police state the candidates of both parties are the enemy.

  • Even gov’t agencies like the DoE are finally coming around to realizing polygraphs are unreliable. Or more importantly, insufficiently reliable to definitively establish guilt or innocence.

  • Gingrich cheated on his first two wives and who knows about the current one? It amuses me to see Gingrich parading around at “family values” events with the cheap whore he was screwing in his wife’s bed. And he is embraced by that crowd, too.

  • And conversely: Spitzer? Weiner?

  • As if Clinton were the only elected official to have sex in his office? Please.

  • Which is why they are not admissible as evidence in most courts. That said it is suspicious that his accuser passed a polygraph test and DeMaio took one but won’t release the results. but it’s no more that suspicious. Establishing guilt requires more proof than this.

  • Sam_Handwich

    sounds like he’s got his hands full

  • S1AMER

    Agreed. Except for one thing: If the allegations actually are lies, he should not lose because of those lies. He should lose because of his shameful membership in the GOP.

  • S1AMER

    “Gay Republican” is — or at least should be defined as — an oxymoron.

  • The_Fixer

    This guy’s got a problem, Well, several problems.

    1) He’s a gay Republican.
    2) He loves himself a little too much. I mean aside from his need to put his winkie in his hand in semi-public places. Did anyone notice the resemblance between DeMaio and Bosnich?

    3) His support from the Republican party will, no doubt, quietly end as soon as the polls show him to be unelectable.
    4) He’s gonna have some legal challenges down the road, that’s a near certainty.

    Now, can I get everyone to join me in singing “He’s got the whole world in his hands”?

  • Yes. Both ways. But not equally. False positives are more common than false negatives…assuming the person did not prepare ahead of time, and assuming the test itself wasn’t compromised by conflicts of interest and/or financial motives.

    The funny thing about them is anybody who gets the results they want out of a test will try to assert the absolute infallibility of polygraphs. The reality is they can be fooled, by some estimates anywhere from 35-50% of the time. There are a number of simple techniques easily found on the ‘Net to prepare for a test.

    Polygraphs in an of themselves do not detect lies. They only detect certain body readings which indicate levels of physical arousal — BP, breathing rate, perspiration, pulse — which then requires a professional to conduct and analyze. There are no standards or certifications required to be met to sell one’s services as a polygraph ‘expert.’ As noted in the Salon article in the first link, getting a rating of “No Deception Indicated” (NDI) just means you beat the examiner, not that you were proven to be truthful. Or, in some cases like this one, suppose you’re a polygraph operator and you’ve just been paid by a guy who wants an NDI rating. You suspect he’s going to lie…but hey, there’s no real consequence for you if later on your test was found to be beaten — you just say, “The subject must have prepared ahead of time.”

    In other words, it’s not that far from astrology: Claim absolute inerrancy when you get the result you want and claim ambiguity and uncertainty when you don’t.

  • nicho

    Neither did getting a blow job from the nanny while he sat in the car watching his kid play soccer.

  • nicho

    “In public”? “Getting rimmed”? I think you’re confusing your own masturbatory fantasies with the facts. But don’t worry, it happens to a lot of conservatives.

  • Thom Allen

    I think you hit it right on the head. This is a power/control issue with many of them. “I’ll make the law that I want and see that you’ll be punished if you break it. But I’m immune to that same law.” Here’s Michael Grimm, threatening to kill a reporter for asking a question. Then later blaming the reporter. Had the situation been reversed . . .

    Grimm also has a 20-count indictment against him by federal authorities for fraud, federal tax evasion, and perjury.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ny-congressman-threatens-reporter-after-sotu/

  • Are they unreliable both ways? Meaning, false positives and false negatives equally?

  • Just another Masturbation Monday…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xybbnMbAews

  • Thom Allen

    It may not be THEIR (the candidates’) mental illness in all cases. I think many of them correctly read what their base wants: no gun background checks, guns for everyone, no abortions or birth control, no atheists-evangelical christianity for everyone, no Marriage Equality, more defense spending, etc. The RepubliCONS/baggers then shamelessly pander to their constituents using any method that they can: wild hyperbole, lies, half-truths, fudged data, etc. That works and produces outrage, fear, hate, bigotry and anxiety in their voters. The candidates then direct those emotions and their owners against the liberals and Democrats.

  • goulo

    Various Republicans having extramarital affairs. E.g. Newt Gingrich having an affair while his wife was in the hospital didn’t ruin his career.

  • ericxdc

    didn’t they get the memo? We now have Casual Fridays and Masturbation Mondays.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Sanford? Vitter?

  • FLL

    I was happy to hear that Boehner was OK with campaigning for an openly gay GOP candidate. That’s definitely progress. Now all Boehner has to do is try to find a reasonably good openly gay GOP candidate to campaign for. The fact that there really aren’t that many candidates who fit that description is not really Boehner’s fault. It’s really more of an institutional problem with the entire Republican Party, at least at the national level. Too bad. Kind of rotten luck for Boehner. It would be nice if there were gay GOP candidates other than this DiMaio character. I really would prefer some real competition for the Democratic Party according to the principle that monopolies are inherently dangerous.

  • StealthVoter

    There’ a difference. Republicans are generally ruined by sexual scandals. Bill Clinton continued to remain a hero to Democrats and is now a major leading light in the Democratic party.

    A powerful white man who used his power and influence to impose his sexual needs on a naive young intern. A predator.

  • caphillprof

    I’m pretty sure that behavior still describes Dick Cheney. The zeal for torture was never for revenge, certainly not for truth, the CIA disregarded the FBI’s expertise in truth getting sans torture. It was all about the erections.

  • caphillprof

    This is not snark, this is the utter truth. I’m not sure the mental illness is limited to just the tea party faction of the GOP.

  • caphillprof

    Somehow, I’m thinking about the very late Terry Dolan?

  • Indigo

    Amusing or pathetic? I can’t decide.

  • goulo

    As opposed to the various Republicans who have established that? Sheesh.

    Sex scandals are not restricted to one political party, however much you may remain obsessed by Bill Clinton’s specific sexual escapades from almost 2 decades ago…

  • Bill_Perdue

    DeMaio is a Quisling, a member of one of the twin parties that refused to pass ENDA or a CRA or to repeal DOMA. His shattered career is no concern of ours.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Sanford? Craig? Vitter? Foley?

  • Bingo. Exactly.

  • Wow… that’s quite a pervy little Peyton Place DeMaio has going on there, huh?

    For what it’s worth, lie detector tests are rather unreliable. I find it funny they claim to be relying on them for absolute proof of innocence and/or truth-telling.

  • StealthVoter

    DeMaio needs to switch to the Democratic Party, where Bill Clinton long ago established that deviant sexual behavior in a public setting is a BADGE OF HONOR! (I.e. getting rimmed by Lewinsky in the Oval Office).

  • KenRob

    Having mental health problems is the first qualification for becoming a TeaParty/Republican.

  • Hue-Man

    If true, this is analogous to Sarah Palin’s recent “Do you know who I am?” – politicians who believe that the law is only for the little people. If the campaign worker were a woman, we would immediately refer to workplace “sexual harassment” which is oddly missing here (I didn’t read the links or watch the video – I get the picture). I’ll leave it to some Fox News psychiatrist-at-a-distance to analyze him but his actions suggest some mental health problems besides his being a TeaParty/Republican.

  • MyrddinWilt

    DeMaio’s behavior is so similar to Bill O’Rielly’s. Only in Bill’s case he harassed a woman.

    There is something that is just not normal about Republicans. They don’t seem to understand that the issue is consent. This isn’t about sexual gratification, its about asserting their place at the top of the totem pole.

    This is classical authoritarian behavior. They are very big on making rules for others. But the rules are all about putting what they consider to be the lower orders of society in their proper place. So they pass 20 year mandatory prison sentences for crack then go to a club and snort a line of cocaine. Street whores go to jail and their customers get their cars taken but he masters of the universe pay $12,000 for a night with Kristen the high class escort girl.

    The are all about making laws for others. They just don’t believe any laws apply to themselves or their kind. I always suspected George W. Bush used to jack off while listening to an execution and the torture camps were just about providing him with his snuff movies and torture videos.

  • nicho

    Just another normal day in GOP Land

  • He’s a creep. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if any of this pans out as the story develops, but it looks really bad. I’m biased because my personal feeling is that anyone willing to sell out his or her own people is capable of just about anything, but I’m willing to stay neutral. It is odd that of the gay GOP candidates running this year DeMaio is the one the homocons have rallied around. At first I thought it was that he had the best chance of winning but now I think he’s their poster boy of a sociopathic gay-hating homosexual. He makes my skin crawl.

  • I see the show downs, slow downs, lost and found, turn arounds
    The boys in the military shirts
    I keep my eyes on the prize, on the long fallen skies
    And I don’t let my friends get hurt
    All you back room schemers, small trip dreamers
    Better find something new to say
    Cause you’re the same old story
    It’s the same old crime
    And you got some heavy dues to pay

    I’m a space cowboy
    Bet you weren’t ready for that
    I’m a space cowboy
    I’m sure you know where it’s at
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

  • basenjilover

    It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Snark!

  • teddy partridge

    I wonder if Boehner will keep his fundraiser commitment. He made a big deal about going to the West Coast to campaign for a gay GOP. Is he excited now that he knows Carl can’t keep it in his pants?

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