VIDEO: Carl DeMaio addressing the Log Cabin Republican's monthly meeting February 18, 2014.
Carl talks about his historic congressional web ad which includes his partner Jonathan Hale.
|Photo credit: Deanna Rivera|
Carl DeMaio at U.S. Grant
Hotel February 11, 2014.
The add has garnered National and world wide attention because of a photo of Carl and his partner Jonathan Hale walking in the 2012 San Diego Pride Parade. And while the photo is only shown for 3 seconds, this marks the first time an openly gay republican candidate has included his partner in a political ad, albeit only on the web for now.
| Photo credit: Deanna Rivera|
Jonathan Hale & Carl DeMaio ~ Stonewall Rally at the Rainbow Flag
in Hillcrest July 12, 2013.
During the 2012 San Diego Mayoral race against Bob Filner, DeMaio was advised against including his partner in any campaign ads. After losing to Bob Filner, who would later leave office in the mist of sexual harassment charges, Carl fired those advisors.
DeMaio is being touted as one of the new, young, bold member's of the republican party. A new generation conservative who wants everyone to know this isn't your father's republican party anymore. While many party members and leaders in D.C. continue to push "traditional", code for "heterosexual's only" family values, DeMaio is breaking down the stereotypical idea of what a real conservative is or should be.
In his speech at the February monthly Log Cabin Republican's meeting Carl touched on what the ad really is. It is no different then a political ad for a heterosexual candidate who want to include his/her family, so as to best represent those family values the republican's are always talking about and which now must include the value of todays modern families.
| Photo credit: Deanna Rivera.|
Carl DeMaio, Jonathan Hale and member's of the LCR at the
U.S. Grant Hotel for Kevin Faulconer's San Diego mayoral race win
February. 11, 2014.
It is yet to be seen if DeMaio's decision to include his partner in the congressional web ad will hurt him with the base of the republican party in the 52nd District. Carl insists it should not.