- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden will campaign in San Diego for Democrat Scott Peters in one of the nation’s most hotly contested congressional races, the Peters campaign said Thursday.

Biden will kick off the final weekend of get-out-the-vote efforts on Saturday morning at an International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers office, becoming the highest-ranking Democrat to visit the district on Peters’ behalf. Peters’ opponent, Republican Carl DeMaio, drew House Speaker John Boehner to San Diego for a fundraiser earlier this month.

Peters, a moderate Democrat and former city councilman who represents much of San Diego’s coast and the suburbs of Coronado and Poway, is seeking a second term against DeMaio, also a former city councilman who ran for mayor in 2012 on a pledge to fix pensions and potholes. DeMaio, who is openly gay, has campaigned for Congress as a moderate on social issues while battling allegations of sexual harassment by a former campaign staffer.

Todd Bosnich, DeMaio’s former policy director, says he was sexually harassed by DeMaio and was offered $50,000 to remain silent. DeMaio says Bosnich was fired for plagiarizing a report on congressional pensions and considers him a suspect in a May 27 burglary of his campaign office during which computers were smashed, phone lines cut and a “campaign playbook” stolen.

San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said there was insufficient evidence to charge either DeMaio or Bosnich, but the allegations have figured large in the campaign’s final weeks.

The DeMaio campaign said Biden’s visit was a reward for Peters’ support of President Barack Obama.

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