Filner scandal: Mayor uses Hollywood survival strategem

July 12, 2013

By Chris Reed

gI_125909_Twit_Pic_Clinton_EndorsementSan Diego Mayor Bob Filner responded Thursday to allegations that he sexually harassed several members of his staff with a classic Hollywood strategem: pleading for forgiveness and announcing he was in a rehabilitation program to deal with his personal failings. This is from the L.A. Times:

“SAN DIEGO — Facing calls for his resignation amid sex harassment claims, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner issued an apology Thursday for his treatment of women and vowed to change his behavior, admitting ‘I need help.’

“Filner indicated he will not resign but that ‘I have reached into my heart and soul and realize I must and will change my behavior. … As someone who has spent a lifetime fighting for equality for all people, I am embarrassed to admit that I have failed to fully respect the women who work for me and with me, and that at times I have intimidated them.”

Will this ploy work? The San Diego insiders that I talked with Thursday were split. Some thought Filner had enough core supporters that his apology would suffice. Others said he was doomed, a sentiment that seemed on the money when the alternative weekly CityBeat — previously a huge admirer of Filner’s — posted a call for him to quit. But many people thought it all depended on specific allegations finally being brought forward instead of the vague talk of wrongdoing offered Wednesday and Thursday by three former longtime Filner supporters. If these allegations are credible and as horrific as some scuttlebutt suggests, then it’s time for Bob to say,”Aloha.”

Filner enabled by fellow Democrats for decades

If it gets to that point, it will be time for recriminations. A U-T San Diego editorial makes the case.

“For decades, Filner’s abusive personal manner has been common knowledge. He’s had brushes with the law and with federal security agents because of it and has thrown too many public tantrums to count. This editorial page was hardly the only institution to warn in 2012 that the then-congressman simply didn’t have the temperament for the job. Former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña told the Voice of San Diego on Thursday that she had specifically warned former Democratic Party Chairman Jess Durfee in 2011 about six local women who had been verbally or physically harassed by Filner.

“Yet only now are top Democrats, labor bosses and environmental extremists having fits about his fundamental unsuitability to be chief executive of a large city? It wasn’t that long ago that former Councilwoman Donna Frye and the brother-and-sister act of Marco and Lorena Gonzalez supported, campaigned for and raised significant funds for Filner’s mayoral run. They would be more credible critics of the mayor if they had sought another Democratic nominee back in 2011 instead of helping clear the field for Filner. Instead, they pretended he was something he was not.

“They’re not pretending any more. On Wednesday, when the sexual harassment allegations were revealed, it was striking how little surprise it triggered among powerful local Democrats. They had either found it par for the course with our coarse mayor or heard it was coming.”

A politician simply not ready for the spotlight

Filner spent 20 years in Congress being ignored as an obscure back-bencher, someone whose bad behavior occasionally made news but was mostly ignored. He simply wasn’t ready for the spotlight. His multiple scandals of the last few months were all too predictable.

Now his survival may depend on his suddenly having to be nice to people after many decades of being a menacing jerk. Can a leopard change its spots?

Or, more specifically, can a jackass?


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  1. Hondo
    Hondo 12 July, 2013, 08:19

    When I worked at Home Depot, we were not even given a ‘warning’ about sexual harassment. We were just escorted to our car by a policeman and told never to come on to the property again. That was in our employee handbook. You got no first ‘warning’. Nothing. Any hint of sexual harassment and you were fired. There was no option of a ‘rehab’ program. These standards were demanded by the liberal democratic leaders of our state. The idea of being able to sexually harass more than one woman was off the scale.
    But of course, the standards the liberals apply to private industry don’t apply to the public sector.

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  2. Hondo
    Hondo 12 July, 2013, 08:22

    When I saw ‘we’, I don’t mean me. I gave my two weeks notice when I left and I believe I have a ‘rehire’ in my employee files. They need every capable cashier at their checkout lines.

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  3. Steve Mehlman
    Steve Mehlman 12 July, 2013, 09:10

    That’s OK, Hondo, you can always get a job at WalMart if you don’t mind minimum wage and food stamps.

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  4. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 12 July, 2013, 09:27

    “Can a leopard change its spots?”

    No, of course not. Bob Filner will always be an egotistical, obnoxious jerk. He’s an incorrigible A-hole. Are San Diego voters dumb enough to fall for his mea culpa routine? Yes! This IS Crazyfornia after all.

    Hey Skippy, care to comment on your hero Filner? You must be so proud of him now!

    Poor San Diego, they could have had a more fiscally sane, socially tolerant, less obnoxious mayor but instead the Demagoguecrats outsmarted them again.

    Does voting make people stupid or are most voters just not that bright?

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  5. Queeg
    Queeg 12 July, 2013, 19:38

    Bagdad Steve working the poor me mantra….what is wrong with every man for himself? Are all Californians helpless……SICK POST

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  6. geral
    geral 31 July, 2013, 06:41

    The role of women in society is often marked by forced subservience to men. In response public policy and law now allow women to destroy men via allegations of sexual advances. This type of solution to complex social affairs is more destructive than curative and must be stopped.

    fbi/cia use women to entrap some political Targets as follows: assault the male Target with sexual advances and file affidavits against the man with secret courts. Then, the judge later can have the man placed in a padded room for his own safety and for the safety of women.

    In some instances the female shows off her attributes, often opening her legs to reveal her new panties.

    Listen up girls, you are doing great damage to society by your venting in the manner described above your pent up frustration over your roles in this corrupt society. If men begin the same harassment of women, where would you then land!

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