Erick Erickson: GOPers Would Have Pushed DeMaio Out If He Was Straight

October 11, 2014 2:59 p.m.

Redstate’s Erick Erickson argued that the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) would not have supported former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio (R) if he weren’t gay.

In a blogpost on Saturday the editor of Redstate argued that the NRCC would have gone a step further and forced DeMaio to drop out of the race. The blogpost came a day after a new CNN report on Friday detailing former DeMaio staffer Todd Bosnich’s claim that DeMaio sexually harassed him.

“Here’s the truth about all this. The NRCC vetted the guy and these allegations were there for a while,” Erickson wrote. “They have merit behind them. Were DeMaio a straight guy, the NRCC would have worked overtime to force him out. Republicans all over would be denouncing this guy.”

DeMaio isn’t getting that treatment, Erickson added, because “DeMaio is gay. And the GOP likes to raise the diversity shield where it can. So they’ll turn a blind eye here. That’s just the reality of the situation.”

DeMaio has strongly denied Bosnich’s allegations. DeMaio is running to replace Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA), a top target for national Republicans.

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