May 7, 2014
San Diego County is represented by five people in Congress. All five—Republicans Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter, and Democrats Juan Vargas, Scott Peters and Susan Davis—are running for reelection, and only Peters is in danger of losing his seat.
We could go on and on about how the Republicans are in charge of the worst Congress in U.S. history, and we could write endlessly about Issa, in particular—about how, as chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, he’s become a sort of incompetent political assassin with a single target: President Obama. But that would be a waste of time. We’ll just say you shouldn’t vote for Issa or Hunter.
The race to focus on here is Peters vs. challenger Carl DeMaio. We’re not always thrilled with Peters’ votes, just as we weren’t always happy with him as a San Diego City Council member. But at least his views and votes match up well with the moderate, politically split 52nd District—Peters is largely about protecting the environment and serving the interests of the district’s high-tech industry and military bases. DeMaio, on the other hand, is rivaled only by county Supervisor Bill Horn as the worst San Diego-area politician in at least the last 15 years and probably a lot longer.
DeMaio is just the most hideous kind of political opportunist. Sure, most politicians do it to an extent, but DeMaio is opportunism and crazed ambition on steroid-boosted steroids. It’s been quite a show to watch him transform his narrative right before our eyes to this “new generation” Republican who’s so gosh-darn proud of his homosexuality. Believe us, were he running in a more conservative district, he wouldn’t be singing that tune. There’s a reason LGBT groups don’t support him—because he’s only pro-LGBT when it serves his needs.
Part of us wouldn’t mind seeing him go to Washington, D.C., and get buried among 435 members, but knowing him, he’d be running the place within a year. And that’s not good for anyone. We beg you on our hands and knees to vote for Scott Peters in the 52nd.