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Dumanis Endorses DeMaio For San Diego Mayor

Aired 10/30/12 on KPBS News.

One of San Diego’s most prominent politicians is making an endorsement in the mayor’s race.

— In the final days of the campaign, San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis says she is supporting a fellow Republican, City Councilman Carl DeMaio for San Diego mayor. She said DeMaio is a workhorse who will listen to everyone if he’s elected.

Bonnie Dumanis

Above: Bonnie Dumanis

But Dumanis spent much of the endorsement news conference talking about DeMaio's opponent, Democratic Congressman Bob Filner. She played off some common DeMaio refrains, including that Filner’s temperament makes him unfit to be mayor and that he has issues with women.

"I’ve been in this community for 40 years," she said. "I know that he is disruptive, disrespectful and demeaning, especially to women."

Dumanis said she felt Filner was disrespectful toward her during the mayoral primary campaign. Dumanis finished fourth in that race. The DeMaio campaign has increasingly made Filner's personality an issue in the race and now appears to be targeting women voters, which polls have shown tend to be more supportive of Filner.

In response to Dumanis' endorsement, Filner’s campaign put out a list of women who have endorsed him, including Congresswoman Susan Davis and former City Councilwoman Donna Frye and emphasizing the support Filner has received from the law enforcement community. His campaign also put out an additional statement specifically addressing Dumanis' comments:

"The nearly unanimous support Bob has received from San Diego’s women, elected officials and women’s organizations shows that Ms. Dumanis’ personal attack – parroting the DeMaio party line – has more to do with currying favor from far-right elements in the Republican Party than it does with the reality of Congressman Filner’s long record of support for women and women’s issues.”

A recently-released poll from SD Metro Magazine shows DeMaio and Filner in a dead heat for mayor, with DeMaio leading 41.3 to 40.5 percent. More than 18 percent of respondents said they’re undecided.

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 29, 2012 at 4:54 p.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

This is reason number 67845748927348579324999474578284857 NOT to vote for DeMaio.

Have people seen the desperate ads DeMaio is running?

They have paid-off the airline employee Filner yelled at 5 years ago at the airport when his luggage was lost.

The ad is this overly-dramatic close-up of this woman almost in tears.

When you first see it, it resembles an ad for Domestic Abuse prevention.

Pretty surprising when you figure out it's a political ad and this woman is claiming that Filner ruined her life by yelling at her 5 years ago.

In another ad, DeMaio has a woman who says she's a union member supporting him.

DeMaio is one of the most anti-union people this side of WI, and his supporters actually LIKE the fact he is anti-union.

His numbers must be pretty low if he's actually desperate enough to be trying to garner union support now.

Too little, too late, Cowboy.

I'm mainly concerned now with what this man will try to pull when he is a disgruntled sitting city councilperson fresh off a failed mayoral bid.

I'm sure he will do everything he can to ensure the city fails because he thinks it will make Mayor Filner look bad.

Maybe he can just move to a city that is more in-line with his right-wing viewpoints.




Yeah, Escondido.

Perfect fit!

Carl seems more like and Escondido mayor than a San Diego mayor.

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 29, 2012 at 4:58 p.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

By the way, the funny thing about this is I think an endorsement from Dumanis will probably cause more people NOT to vote for him.

She isn't exactly a popular, bi-partisan politician.

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laplayaheritage | October 29, 2012 at 5:11 p.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

Funny Bob Filner for Strong Mayor of San Diego Video. Stay Classy San Diego.

Bob Filner Freedom Rider.

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Missionaccomplished | October 29, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

Good one, Duckster.

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boingo | October 30, 2012 at 10:41 a.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

Seriously? Dumanis endorsing DeMaio is as good as worthless to Carl. Confirms to me that i would never vote for either. Being a downtown businessman for over 30 years, i have had many encounters with people from the courts and D A's office and not a single one has ever had a good or positive word about Dumanis. Carl can have her.

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