Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio said a sexual harassment claim by a former staffer was an “outrageous lie” fabricated because the person is the prime suspect in a break-in of DeMaio’s campaign office.
DeMaio spoke in response to a question at a press conference Wednesday. Most San Diego media outlets, including Times of San Diego, did not pursue the allegation, but it is now receiving national attention because of an article on the national website Politico.
“You know, an individual who is the prime suspect to the break-in in our campaign office would manufacture such an outrageous lie,” DeMaio said.
“All of our campaign members including myself freely provided information and the police chief called me and she said ‘thank you for your full cooperation’ and we consider this matter closed,” he said.
DeMaio’s campaign office in the Miramar area was vandalized in May, just days before the primary. Computers were smashed, laptops soaked with water and cords cut throughout the office.
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