Friday afternoon, on national television, less than a month before one of the most competitive and expensive elections in the country, an ex-staffer of Carl DeMaio told CNN that DeMaio had called him into his office and masturbated in front of him.
That wasn’t all. The former staffer, Todd Bosnich, said that DeMaio massaged and kissed his neck and touched him inappropriately in separate incidents over a period of months. And when Bosnich, who is gay, told DeMaio to stop harassing him, Bosnich said DeMaio’s campaign manager fired him and offered him $50,000 to keep quiet.
The outlines of these accusations had been in the news since Wednesday. But Friday, Bosnich delivered the lascivious details of the allegations against DeMaio, who is running for Congress, for the first time and on CNN’s cameras.
Since Wednesday, and again in the CNN story, DeMaio, who is also gay, unequivocally denied he sexually harassed Bosnich and offered a competing narrative for why Bosnich dropped this bomb. DeMaio said he fired Bosnich for a well-known plagiarism incident earlier this year and that Bosnich is the prime suspect in the burglary of DeMaio’s campaign office, which occurred in May soon after Bosnich was fired.