Carl DeMaio isn’t a candidate, but he’s staying in the political game with his endorsement of a fellow pension-reformer in a tough race north of San Diego.
“A key race for California State Senate will happen (March 17) in Orange County,” DeMaio said in a statement Wednesday. “I’m writing because it is imperative that my good friend John Moorlach win this key election.”
Calling Moorlach “the real deal,” the former San Diego councilman and failed candidate for mayor and Congress said: “He helped save Orange County after the bankruptcy. I have seen even some Republicans bow to the demands of the government union bosses, taking their campaign cash and returning the favor by voting to give them our tax dollars. Not John Moorlach. He stands up for us taxpayers.”
DeMaio called for contributions to Moorlach’s campaign and pointed to this link.
Money may be more important than endorsements for Moorlach, who also posted an ad (above) Wednesday, attacking Republican rival Don Wagner in the currently vacant 37th District.
According to the Orange County Register, Wagner has raised four times as much as Moorlach.
Moorlach consultant Tim Clark acknowledged last month that the campaign would be outraised by Assemblyman Wagner. But he said that given Moorlach’s superior name ID, $200,000 in fundraising would be enough to prevail.
As of Thursday’s filings covering fundraising through February, Moorlach had raised just $108,000 to Wagner’s $371,000. Moorlach had $8,000 more debt than cash on hand, while Wagner had $118,000 remaining in his treasury.
The Register also said Wagner has $161,000 in independent expenditures – money spent by special interests on Wagner’s behalf, independent of his campaign.
“There has been no independent spending for Moorlach,” the newspaper said.
After a career of helping turn around financially-troubled government entities, Carl DeMaio has become a nationally-recognized leader in the effort to reform federal, state and local government finances. DeMaio helped shape the President’s Management Agenda at the federal level, and has been a thought leader in the fields of performance measurement, performance-based budgeting, process improvement, public-private partnerships, contracting and outsourcing government functions, and pension reform.
After helping lead efforts to reform San Diego city finances, which included the passage of a landmark Pension Reform Initiative, DeMaio is now tackling fiscal reform policy in his new role at the Reason Foundation – serving as Chair of the California Reform Council and continuing to lead his grassroots advocacy group Reform San Diego.
Turning Around San Diego
DeMaio served on the San Diego City Council from 2008 to 2012, and narrowly lost the race for Mayor in November 2012. DeMaio has been widely credited with helping to turn around the City of San Diego after it was dubbed “Enron by the Sea” for its pension and budget crisis over the past decade. DeMaio’s work began in a “watchdog” role, as he helped uncover the fiscal crisis in the City of San Diego. After years of financial crisis, draconian service cuts, crumbling roads and infrastructure, and little action by city leaders on a host of pressing problems, DeMaio stepped forward with a comprehensive “Reform Agenda” to fix the problems.
DeMaio advanced reform through a variety of ballot measures – gaining voter approval of measures to subject city services to “competitive outsourcing,” ban discriminatory union-only hiring deals known as Project Labor Agreements, and converting the city to a Strong Mayor form of governance.
While on the City Council, DeMaio led the effort to cut red tape on small businesses, reform the city’s contracting processes to expedite infrastructure projects, and enact some of the toughest “Sunshine Law” open government requirements in the nation. Author of the Pension Reform Initiative
In 2012, DeMaio crafted and led a citizens campaign to qualify and pass the “Comprehensive Pension Reform” Initiative – the first-of-its kind measure to switch San Diego from a Defined Benefit Pension Plan to a 401(k) retirement program. DeMaio’s measure also figured out how to legally reform “vested” pension benefits for existing employees by freezing pensionable pay and ending abuses such as pension spiking.
A Businessman with Real World Experience
DeMaio founded two successful businesses before the age of thirty. In 2000, he founded the Performance Institute, a non-partisan, private think tank dedicated to reforming government through the principles of performance, transparency, competition and accountability. DeMaio built the organization into the largest government reform think tank in the nation and the leading authority on performance-based management in government, law enforcement, non-profits and schools.
In 2003, DeMaio founded the American Strategic Management Institute (ASMI), which provides training and education in corporate financial and performance management. In late 2007, DeMaio sold both of his companies to Thompson Publishing Group.