Democrat Peters Bashes DeMaio: 'Gay Man Running as a Republican'

Democratic San Diego Representative Scott Peters has been caught on camera making contemptuous and dismissive remarks about his openly gay Republican opponent Carl DeMaio. Peters also took a stab at Utah's Mia Love, who could become the first black female Republican elected to Congress.

While stumping at a Clairemont Democratic Club Meeting in San Diego this month, Peters said, according video and quotes provided by Kyle Becker of the International Journal Review:

And now he's saying, now he's saying, 'Well, I'm a gay man, I must be moderate. I'm pro-choice, I’m pro-environment. And I gotta tell ya, around the country, where people don't know him, they completely buy it. Carl DeMaio has gotten more—it's so unusual for them to see a gay man running as a Republican.

Now, San Diego's a little different. We've been electing LGBT candidates since the '90s when Chris Kehoe got elected. Our district attorney is a lesbian Republican. 'Well who does she have lunch with?

Peters' statement was followed with laughing agreement from the audience. He then went on to remark on the "novelty" associated with being a gay and even called out a member of his own party:

And obviously, you know, the Speaker of the Assembly is our own Toni Atkins, who is also… So, we're pretty used to it, but around the country this thought that there would be any gay elected officials is very novel. 

Atkins defended Peters in a statement offered by the Peters' campaign. She said, "Scott Peters has a long, impeccable record of standing with and fighting for the LGBT community. Any suggestion to the contrary is ridiculous and an insult to those of us who know him. San Diegans don't buy it."

For someone who is so supportive of the LGBT community, Peters appears to have a history of slighting DeMaio for being gay. A few months back, the Peter's campaign posted on its own website that DeMaio was a "Mary," which is a derogatory term for homosexual men. (Another left-wing group has also slighted DeMaio for his open sexuality.)

Peters then continued to take shots at DeMaio, again jabbing at his homosexuality:

He's gotten stories in The Wall Street Journal, he's gotten stories in the National Journal, all puff pieces about how this great, new, moderate, gay Republican is coming out and running for office. And they're very psyched about it. And the Republicans in D.C., they love this.

Peters went on to state (incorrectly) that Republicans have zero African American Republicans in Congress:

They think, 'Wow, this guy is gonna change our party' because all they need—they don’t have any out, gay members of Congress, the Republicans don't. They also don't have any African Americans. They're gonna get one and Mia Love in Utah is just a real right-wing person.

In addition to DeMaio, there are two other openly gay Republican candidates seeking election in 2014. They are Richard Tisei of Massachusetts and Dan Innis in New Hampshire.

Peters can be seen giving his anti-gay Republican rant here.


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