Carl DeMaio, San Diego Congressional Candidate, Accused Of Another Sexual Harassment Scandal

Carl DeMaio, San Diego Congressional Candidate, Accused Of Another Sexual Harassment Scandal

With only two days before this year’s elections, San Diego’s Carl DeMaio has yet another scandal facing him as a second staffer has come forward accusing him of sexual harassment:

Twenty-five year old Justin Harper, a Navy veteran,  began interning with DeMaio’s campaign in February. A month later he was hired as a regional political director whose job was to make phone calls and knock on doors to ask voters for their support.

From KPBS:

On Thursday, July 10, Harper said, he returned to DeMaio’s Miramar campaign office in the afternoon following a day of walking neighborhoods and knocking on doors for the campaign. He said there had been a news conference at the headquarters, so DeMaio and other staffers were still in the office.

According to a campaign press release, DeMaio had a news conference at noon that day to “blast sweeping Medicare cuts.”

Harper said he went to the restroom and didn’t know anyone was in there.

“I was at the urinal, and (DeMaio) came from the stall that was closest to the urinal and was kind of just standing there hovering,” Harper said. “I turned around and realized that it was Carl. He had his pants up, but his fly was undone, and he had his hand grasping his genitals.”

Harper said DeMaio didn’t say anything to him, and he didn’t say anything to DeMaio.

“I just walked out. I didn’t say anything to him, I just left,” Harper said.

As was the case in the other scandals, DeMaio’s campaign has denied the allegation.