Filner’s Former Mayoral Opponent Hit With His Own Sex Allegations

AP

Mayor Bob Filner isn’t the only San Diego politician with alleged sex issues.

The Voice of OC reported late last week on allegations that former City Councilman Carl DeMaio (R), who faced off against Filner in last year’s mayoral race, had at least twice been seen masturbating in a men’s room after leaving council meetings.

The allegations were made by former council President Ben Hueso, who told Voice of OC that he walked into the men’s room on two occasions in 2009 and witnessed DeMaio masturbating.

“DeMaio was masturbating. He jumped, caught by surprise,” Hueso told the news site, describing the first time he witnessed the act. “He jumped to the sink … saying ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry’ about six times. Then washed his hands, darted out.”

Other members of the council were aware of the allegations, but none reported them to authorities, Voice of OC reported.

A spokesman for DeMaio denied that the activity occurred.

“It is absurd and ludicrous,” DeMaio spokesman Dave McCulloch told the Voice of OC. “It is absolutely ludicrous to report on something like this in the first place.”

DeMaio, who lost a mayoral runoff to Filner in November, hasn’t ruled out running for the office again, according to San Diego’s KGTV.

Filner agreed on Friday to resign from office amid allegations from at least 18 women that he had sexually harassed them.

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