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Monday, Oct 24, 2011 - Last Blog on Earth | News

The virtual candidate

Carl DeMaio wants you to ask him questions. Sort of.

By Kelly Davis
carltownhall Screenshot of Carl DeMaio's virtual townhall

Reminiscent of Burger King's "subservient chicken," mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio now has a "video town hall" on his campaign website. Against the virtual backdrop of a well-appointed office—complete with fireplace and a view of a portion of the downtown San Diego skyline—DeMaio answers a number of pre-fab questions ranging from "Do you work out" to "What is your view on the Chargers stadium?" And, if you take too long to ask a question, you'll get a pitch for his San Diego 311 smartphone app.

Responses range from enlightening (who knew Carl liked zombie flicks?) to predictable (his favorite vacation spot is San Diego) to fact-check worthy: In response to "Do you have any unique talents?" Carl claims he doesn't require a teleprompter to give a speech. But, according to invoices we reviewed, taxpayers footed the bill to rent DeMaio a teleprompter for both his 2009 and 2011 "State of the District" addresses (plus rental cost for a pre-speech rehearsal). We also have some issues with his response to the question "Do you have any pets?"

 
 
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