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Sanders Rips Into DeMaio At Budget Press Conference

Warning: this video and story contain coarse language.

Evening Edition

The question-and-answer portion of Mayor Jerry Sanders' budget announcement, where he tosses in a few harsh words for City Councilman and mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio.

Aired 5/24/12 on KPBS News.

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders ripped into fellow Republican City Councilman Carl DeMaio at a news conference today.

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders ripped into fellow Republican City Councilman Carl DeMaio at a news conference today.

Mayor Jerry Sanders presents the
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Above: Mayor Jerry Sanders presents the "May revise" to the city budget.

Sanders left no doubt about his feelings regarding DeMaio. Sanders was holding a news conference on the May budget revision when a reporter asked him what he thought about DeMaio taking credit for financial reforms as he campaigns for mayor.

Sanders responded frankly.

"He probably takes credit for my weight loss," he said. "He probably takes credit for the weeds I pulled in the backyard last week. It’s all bulls---."

Sanders went onto say DeMaio’s claims that the city is wasting millions of dollars aren’t true.

"I am not a candidate for anything so I don’t have to make up things," he said. "I don’t have to be on a political doomsday tour to make people think it’s worse than it actually is."

Sanders is backing District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis for mayor. He was announcing the restoration of city services following increased revenues. Reached for response, DeMaio said he’s just going to focus on the progress the city’s made.

"This budget only confirms what we’ve said all along, that if you reform city departments, you can balance the budget without tax increase," DeMaio said.

Last month DeMaio issued a news release stating he believes the city will still be $50 million in debt in the coming year.

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jv333 | May 23, 2012 at 9:58 p.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

Mr Mayor ... So refreshing to hear your candor. After this press conference, I am sad to see you go. And that's no BS ... We certainly do not need an egomaniacal grand-stander to fill your shoes. And congrats on the weight loss you achieved on your own. Thanks for sharing.

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Peking_Duck_SD | May 23, 2012 at 11:36 p.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

Damn, I have a whole new level of respect for Mayor Sanders.

I think this and his press conference against prop 8 are two strong moments cemented in history that show a strong, admirable leader.

I don't agree with everything he has done, but overall I have a favorable opinion of Mayor Sanders and do think he leaves a solid, decent legacy.

His coming out against prop 8 in a real, human manner that showed love for his daughter, his successful fight to get the new downtown library built even when it looked like it wouldn't happen, and now most recently signs of surplus and a light at the end of the tunnel from the pension scandal that has plagued our city for years all demonstrate a mayor I would give a grade of an A for his role as mayor.

I think his support of sinking billions of $$ into Lindbergh Field which will eventually need to be relocated is a big mistake, but overall I would still give Sanders a solid A for the job he has done.

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Peking_Duck_SD | May 23, 2012 at 11:48 p.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

**Re: Mr. DeMaio:**

As we near the vote for our new mayor, Mr. DeMaio has become increasingly pompous and cocky.

Armed with the republican establishment endorsement and a front page jaundiced journalistic Papaganda piece on the front page of the *Pravda UT*, DeMaio seems to have some sort of smug entitlement to our city's lead role.

His cockiness has reached a climax with dirty television ads riddled with lies, obnoxious mailers also filled with lies that fill the wastebaskets of mail room lobbies all over the city, and he's on any tv program that will give him air time peddling this baseless notion that he is going to wave some majic wand and save the city.

This is particularly absurd considering our city has finally started to see improvement.

All the work Mr. Sanders has put in for years digging us out of a dark hole is now starting to pay off just in time for a predatory politician like Mr. DeMaio to swoop in and take credit for it all.

It's about time someone told this jerk off and had the guts to call Mr. DeMaio out on the BS he is peddling to people.

And I'm very glad Mayor Sanders used the long form of the word BS because that's **PRECISELY** what is flowing from Mr. DeMaio's mouth.

Thanks you Mr. Sanders for all you have done for my city, and this is one outraged citizen who absolutely will not allow Mr. DeMaio a free pass on his ridiculous crap.

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Peking_Duck_SD | May 23, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

One last post on this one:

I saw a little bit of one of our nation's greatest leaders in Sanders' speech this evening - just a tad of the brilliance of FDR when pointing out the absurdity of campaigning political hacks promising the moon and stars and saying it won't cost anybody anything:

It's funny how FDR's words from that long ago can apply to political slime like Carl DeMaio and Willard Romney who are peddling the same slimy serpant oil the Repugs were selling in the 40s!!

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loudlong | May 24, 2012 at 10:02 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

It is nice to hear a respected, thoughtful, intelligent, honest, pragmatic elected official with nothing to gain concisely articulate what should be glaringly obvious to anyone with a modicum of intelligence: Carl DeMaio is a big stupid buffoon.

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JeanMarc | May 24, 2012 at 10:16 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

I wish all politicians talked like that.

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Missionaccomplished | May 24, 2012 at 11:20 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

LOL S_anders coming out (no pun) against Prop 8 was purely personal and driven by emotion--an emotion that the people of San Diego did not have to be a party to.

S_anders critique of De Ma . . . errr . . . . of fellow repuke CDM, is a last-ditch effort to help Dumanus in the polls where she is sagging, among other places.

No intellectual honesty here.

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Pat Finn, KPBS Staff | May 24, 2012 at 12:15 p.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

A gentle reminder, Missionaccomplished, that KPBS appreciates opinion and comment, but strives for civility on the web, as elsewhere.

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Peking_Duck_SD | May 24, 2012 at 9:01 p.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

Mission, I don't see what's wrong with someone coming to a conclusion on an important issue because a loved one changed their mind?

I thought it was a credit to Mr. Sanders that he put his daughter above his job in politics.

Being a republican, Sanders did something pretty risky to his political career when he came out against prop 8 and I thought it was admirable that he put his love for his daughter above his job.

It showed he's real and he can think for himself instead of following the political bosses orders on everything.

I guarantee Mr. DeMaio, should our city be unfortunate enough to have him at the helm, would be a simple rubber-stamp yes man who does what he is ordered to do by the local GOP and by Manchester. When these big players grant an endorsement like they have to Carl, they expect pretty blind obedience if elected.

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Missionaccomplished | May 25, 2012 at 8:37 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

Thanks, Pat, considering the Mayor used some choice expletives in his press conference according to KGTV 10. Yeah, there's enough to go around.

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HarryStreet | May 25, 2012 at 9:22 a.m. ― 4 years, 10 months ago

If Sanders really wanted to help dig SD out of the fiscal mess he could've pushed to get rid of pensions, retirement spiking and overtime pay for cops. That alone is keeping us from making ground. He can talk tough now, but with him coming close to retirement what's he got to lose?

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