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Gay Candidate DeMaio Hit With Second Sexual Harassment Claim

By    |   Monday, 03 November 2014 08:59 PM

Carl DeMaio, the openly gay Republican candidate for a House seat in California, has been accused of sexual harassment for the second time in his campaign.

DeMaio is going against Democratic incumbent Scott Peters in the race for the 52nd district.

The latest allegation, made by DeMaio's former regional political director Justin Harper, claims DeMaio exposed himself in a bathroom in front of Harper on July 10, reports ABC 10 News.

"I didn't know what to do," Harper told ABC 10 News. "I tried to keep my name out of this as long as I could."

Harper declined to give his name when he first spoke to the station about the alleged incident, which forced the news outlet to hold the story. When Harper agreed to provide his name on the record, the station went forward with the report over the weekend.

Harper said he quit the campaign two days after the alleged incident and "moved to an entirely new state to avoid this."

In the first incident, Todd Bosnich accused DeMaio of sexual harassment and attempted bribery, Politico reports. Bosnich, however, was the suspect in a break-in at the campaign office last spring.

The DeMaio campaign called the claims an "outrageous lie" and accused the Peters campaign of orchestrating them.

"By resurrecting this outrageous lie in the last 48 hours of the campaign, Scott Peters has sunk to a new low," DeMaio campaign spokesman Dave McCulloch told ABC 10 News.

"Peters' campaign manager MaryAnn Pintar has now been caught coordinating with these individuals to advance this disgusting false smear that the District Attorney dismissed weeks ago. Both Mr. Bosnich and Mr. Harper’s girlfriend were the suspects in the break-in of our campaign office — from which Scott Peters' campaign was the recipient of the confidential campaign playbook that was taken during the break-in. Scott Peters' actions are reprehensible and demonstrate he is what is wrong with Washington."

The Peters campaign responded, saying: "It is a false and egregious lie to suggest our campaign is to blame for the Filner-esque mess Mr. DeMaio has created. Both of DeMaio's accusers worked for his campaign, both are loyal Republicans. These are serious charges and there are victims. Carl needs to stop placing blame on others and take responsibility for his actions."

DeMaio told Newsmax in the spring that left-leaning groups who support gays have targeted him because he is a Republican.

"My view is that the left is using social issues as a shiny distraction object because they don't want to talk about issues like fiscal reform, economic prosperity, government accountability, because if they did, they would lose elections," DeMaio said.

"It's a standard set of talking point to demonize the Republican Party. Let's put on the record that the Republican Party has its fair share of problems it's got to deal with on these issues, and that's why I call myself a new-generation Republican.

"These progressive activists are willing to put aside what they claim to want to achieve for LGBT Americans in the name of partisan politics."

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