POLITICS: PennAve

Carl DeMaio mulls run for San Diego mayor instead of Congress

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California,Campaigns,PennAve,Rebecca Berg

Last year, Carl DeMaio nearly bested Bob Filner in the race to be the mayor of San Diego.

Now, with Filner resigning amidst serious allegations of sexual harassment, DeMaio is weighing whether to drop his bid for Congress to run for mayor again in a special election.

A spokesperson for DeMaio confirmed Friday that he will meet this weekend with supporters and others to discuss the posibility.

The National Republican Congressional Committee declined comment Thursday on DeMaio’s status, but national Republicans have been visibly supporting DeMaio in his congressional race against Rep. Scott Peters, a first-term Democrat.

Last month, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., hosted a DeMaio fundraiser in Washington and later traveled to San Diego for a similar event.

DeMaio has a solid chance of beating Peters and capturing the additional House seat for Republicans. A poll published in June by the San Diego Union-Tribune showed DeMaio with a healthy early lead over Peters.

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