Reactions to DeMaio jumping in Congressional race

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The Republican field may be growing in the 50th Congressional District, but Carl DeMaio’s announcement yesterday that he would enter the Duncan Hunter fray resulted in somewhat of a larger splash, especially after he teased the decision a few days in advance on social media and his radio show.

Here’s some of the local reaction…

John Dadian, Political Analyst:

“Carl DeMaio will be a very formidable candidate and has an excellent chance of going all the way. However, the field of candidates will continue to grow and the Hunter trial will have some type of conclusion before the filing period closes and that will affect the race greatly one way or the other.”

Brian Brady, SD Rostra writer:

“Carl is running in the wrong District. The 50th is a Pro-Life district and Carl has always been aligned with liberals on this issue. I wish Carl would have run in our District (the 52nd, against Scott Peters) rather than taking votes from a Pro-Life candidate in a Pro-Life District.”

La Mesa Council Member Kristine Alessio, a former Republican-turned Decline-to-State:

“I’m excited to see Carl enter the race and he’ll probably become one of the front runners. I look forward to the voters of the 50th being able to have two front running candidates (Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar and Carl) who spend time talking about the issues instead of having a Republican front runner who either spews racially charged epithets against his opponent or blames others for his Federal indictment. With Carl in the race, again, we can finally look forward to a debate on policy. I know both Ammar and Carl and find both of them to be gentlemen and very thoughtful individuals; all this bodes well for the 50th.”

Eric Andersen, SD Rostra writer:

“So our choice is to re-elect a Republican that doesn’t uphold limited government but upholds our right to life or a Republican that upholds limited government but doesn’t uphold our natural right to life? I won’t support either and neither should the San Diego County Republican Party. Our brand is limited government, free markets and individual liberty. That’s where you’ll find me.”

Larry Wilske, Retired Navy Seal and already-announced candidate for the seat:

“DeMaio is clearly not a fit for the district. The 50th has the highest concentration of Veterans, retirees, DOD employees and active duty military in CA. We also have 85 percent Christian conservatives with 100 percent alignment with traditional family values, and 80 percent of the Republicans in this district are Pro-Life; Carl has been pro-choice for years and there is no denying this one. Carl has lost to Bob Filner, Scott Peters and the entire Democrat party with the losing gas tax initiative he branded as his own. He has taken 12-million hard earned dollars and figured out a way to lose every penny. His getting into this race is the best thing for the Democrats since Kennedy.”

Kyle Taylor, Business Owner:

“DeMaio running for Congress is groundbreaking news. His entrance into the race is the earthquake we needed to shakeup Congress.”

Carl DeMaio:

“Too many Californians are fleeing our state because of the extreme socialist agenda being imposed on us by Democrat politicians, but I refuse to flee: I choose to stand and fight. In California, voters have only been given two choices: socialists or ineffective career politicians. I believe California is at a tipping point and to take back our state, we need a new generation of California leaders who are willing to fight and have a record of leading by example and getting reform done.”

Additional comments following the initial posting…

Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters:

“I’m supporting Carl DeMaio because he’s the right guy at the right time.  Carl’s a proven fighter and reformer. California has become a one-party state and that’s led to political imbalance and some pretty extreme policies that cost you and me in so many ways. Carl DeMaio can be the voice we desperately need to re-balance things in our state.”

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  1. Seems like Rostra had to go looking for the misfits in the local GOP for negative reaction. I mean cmon, Brian Brady and Eric Andersen? That’s pretty fringe. Why not just ask Nathan Fletcher for a reaction?

  2. If more want to comment, send them my way. I’ve asked several people I thought would want to comment. No response, yet. BTW, Eric and Brian are active Rostra bloggers. It should be an obvious our own writers would be asked.

  3. While I’m supporting Carl DeMaio’s move to Congress, I must admit I’m going to miss his influential radio show. But it will be worth it.

    We face an election problem — too many good GOP candidates. We have AT LEAST two top quality candidates for this office. I’d be happy with each of them in office. Probably MORE than two.

    But we face a “divide and conquer” quandary in this race. Too many GOP candidates in the race may well result in a runoff between dishonored Hunter and a Democrat — a perfect setup for a Democrat win in a solid GOP district. This must not happen. I strongly encourage other GOP candidates to graciously step aside, and seek an office in another race.

    More important in this election is that Carl can raise the big bucks to win the race. No other candidate can raise a FIFTH of what he will raise. Like it or not — funding DOES matter in politics.

    Finally there’s the “third rail” issue of abortion. While I’m pretty sure Carl is pro-choice, he is ADAMANTLY opposed to any government funding of abortions. Specifically he favors the feds DEfunding Planned Parenthood. Check his website.

    Face it — the U.S. is NOT going to outlaw abortion. It’s not an issue. But the taxpayer FUNDING of abortions is very much an issue. Carl’s on the right side in this matter.

  4. Agree too many candidates may leave us with a Democrat.
    Agree Carl has proven himself as a fundraiser.
    Not sure we agree on the definition of “good”.

    Where I’m not comfortable is with our philosophy of pragmatism. The track record of compromising principle only proves to slow big government’s “mission creep”. It is not a philosophy of reform. Can it keep the GOP in power? Sure, but the laws governing freedom care nothing for our well intentioned ideas.

    Compromise of principle makes inalienable rights obsolete.
    It makes the collective superior to natural rights.
    It renders “to secure these rights” to the dust bin.
    The homeowner doesn’t compromise with the burglar.
    The banker never compromises with the counterfeiter.

    I believe we’ll end up with more poverty and tyranny if we continue to abandon limiting government to the defense of natural rights.

    On the other hand if we uphold limited government to the defense of natural rights we get freedom and prosperity.

    I’ll never vote away Carl’s natural rights nor will I support a man willing to do so in order to win an election.

  5. “I mean cmon, Brian Brady and Eric Andersen? That’s pretty fringe.”

    Carl actually called me twice to support him, citing an NRCC poll which said he’s the only candidate who can win, “details, details.” I have always liked Carl and supported him for Mayor and Congress in my District but one thing prevented this “misfit” from supporting him this time.

    Carl supports abortion. In a Pro-Life district, I want a Pro-Life Congress member.

    P.S. If you know Carl, ask him to produce the NRCC poll he cited and I will immediately endorse him.

  6. I think Hunter will take a plea deal, and the deal would be to leave Congress. Don’t forget about Brian Jones, he just might throw his hat into race for the 50th Dist.

  7. I think Duncan Hunter emerges from this trial stronger than ever. How cocky are the Democrats? To put the grandson of a terrorist in this District (not once but twice). The Primary is for the Conservative, the General is for the Team.

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