SAN DIEGO - He may have lost a high profile race for mayor of San Diego but 10News has learned Carl DeMaio is already planning his next race.
10News reporter Itica Milanes received a tip that the former City Councilman is making his move to run against newly elected Congressman Scott Peters.
DeMaio's website shows a clear determination to reform government. It also has several telltale signs that a big announcement is just days away. A source told 10News that DeMaio intends to run for Congress in 2014 against Peters.
10News called DeMaio to ask him directly, but all he would say was "I have not made a decision yet."
10News pointed out that his own website shows seven fundraising events in the next four weeks and a "Campaign Kickoff Reception" June 26.
"I am still meeting with supporters and I have not made any decisions," said DeMaio.
Francine Busby, chairwoman of the local Democratic party, told 10News Peters isn't worried.
“We know that Scott is a perfect match for this district. He did well in the last election and he will do well again,” Busby said.
But the local GOP chairman said Peters, who narrowly won his seat in the 52nd Congressional District, should be very worried.
“Scott Peters is the father of the pension system here in San Diego," said Tony Kravaric.
A recent poll by the National Republican Congressional Committee showed DeMaio with 49 percent support, compared to 39 percent for Peters.
“The numbers showing Carl DeMaio beating Scott Peters are the best numbers of any challenger to a Democratic newly minted congressman in the country," Kravaric said.
But Busby said the poll was nothing more than a sham to bolster DeMaio.
“It was presented in a way that looked like it was meant to support CD so he felt that the entire poll was a sham and that it was really there to be a partisan support poll for Carl DeMaio,” said Busby.
A spokesperson for Peters gave 10News a statement Monday night:
"While Mr. DeMaio cozies up to the extremists and resurrects the same Tea Party platform voters rejected last fall, Congressman Peters was ranked the 5th most independent member of Congress for his non-partisan, problem solving style. Voters know which one of these men puts people over politics."