Mayoral candidate Carl DeMaio says he has experts on his side figuring out how to do what most cities can’t: Build an NFL stadium without public money.

He said it at a televised debate Sunday night (at about the 16-minute mark), one of the many times he’s talked about his stadium task force.

I wanted to know who was on DeMaio’s team. But he won’t say.

I’ve asked twice. I sent his campaign an email Sunday night and asked DeMaio after a press conference today. His campaign didn’t provide names; DeMaio simply didn’t answer my question. 

Here’s how I summarized the issue and its significance on Twitter:

So @carldemaio won’t say who’s on his Chargers stadium task force he keeps touting. Twice rejected in-person requests to talk about it

— Liam Dillon (@dillonliam) September 20, 2012

The most his campaign will say about who’s on it is: “his staff, former staff, and engagement with other advisors … “

— Liam Dillon (@dillonliam) September 20, 2012

In the past DeMaio has had no problem naming names on his various task forces. Retirement & Jobs

— Liam Dillon (@dillonliam) September 20, 2012

Why is this important? DeMaio says he can finance a stadium without public $. But even the best recent stadium deals for cities include it

— Liam Dillon (@dillonliam) September 20, 2012

The 49ers stadium in Santa Clara is an example. If DeMaio has found an advisor with a magic formula, it’s news.

— Liam Dillon (@dillonliam) September 20, 2012

Burden of proof is on him to tell us how he can do what other cities around the country can’t: Finance a stadium without public $.

— Liam Dillon (@dillonliam) September 20, 2012

DeMaio isn’t alone in claiming he can pay for a stadium without public money. His opponent, Bob Filner, says the same. But Filner hasn’t claimed to have a team of experts helping him develop a plan.

Liam Dillon is a news reporter for Voice of San Diego. He covers San Diego City Hall, the 2012 mayor’s race and big building projects. What should he write about next?

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Liam Dillon was formerly a senior reporter and assistant editor for Voice of San Diego. He led VOSD’s investigations and wrote about how regular people...

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