Yet, perhaps no group has opposed Mr. DeMaio at a mayoral debate at the gay and lesbian community center here. And many gay and lesbian leaders here have lined up behind Bob Filner, 70, a Democratic congressman and Mr. That Mr. DeMaio, 38, could become the next mayor of San Diego — long a conservative outpost in liberal California — offers more evidence of just how dramatically the political landscape has changed for gays and lesbians in recent years. But this race has also exposed the particular challenges that gay Republicans running for office continue to face, as they try to balance a desire to further gay rights against an appeal to conservatives who oppose gay marriage.
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Scott Peters is determined to replace the first two words in DeMaio's description with "tea party," as he tries to counter the Republican's growing reputation as a moderate. Peters's latest TV ad , released Thursday, sets the tone for his campaign's main argument: DeMaio may agree with Democrats on same-sex marriage, abortion, and some environmental issues, but his abrasive style on the San Diego City Council paints a picture of an anti-compromise hard-liner, they say. The ad ties DeMaio to a tea-party-affiliated group that supported the October government shutdown, and links him to a Reason Foundation paper saying Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicare voucher plan was too liberal. DeMaio is one of only three openly gay Republicans running for Congress and has voiced support for gay marriage, abortion rights, and environmental protections. But the Peters campaign argues that he's no moderate, based on his economic record and governing style. The Democratic campaign has pointed to DeMaio's lone "no" votes on city budgets and his reputation for abrasiveness as evidence that he was unwilling to compromise.
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DeMaio also founded and served as Chairman of Reform California, an organization which wages campaigns against tax increases and advocates for a variety of government reforms. Hunter , a fellow Republican. Catherine's Military Academy , a Catholic school in Anaheim , through eighth grade. DeMaio became separated from his brother and sister and began attending Georgetown Prep. After college, he established The Performance Institute, a for-profit think tank that provided training for government officials on performance measurement, strategic planning, zero-based budgeting, project management and other management improvement topics.
SAN DIEGO — Republican Carl DeMaio on Sunday conceded defeat to incumbent Scott Peters in one of the nation's most hotly contested congressional races to represent a large part of San Diego, ending a bitter campaign that was rocked by claims that he sexually harassed a former staffer. DeMaio, who is openly gay, said he will work within his party to make it more inclusive, echoing a theme of his campaign. He was not more specific about his plans but said the campaign was "incredibly painful" and left him wary about electoral politics. Peters, a moderate Democrat, leads with The Associated Press called the race for Peters, 56, on Friday.