Sexual ‘assault’ or ‘harassment’? Filner could be on last legs

July 13, 2013

By Chris Reed

filner.smilesSan Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s attempt to fight off the push to force him to quit because of alleged sexual harassment went well Thursday, when former allies trashed him at a press conference without offering specific accusations. This led Filner to release a video statement Thursday afternoon admitting he “needs help” and was in therapy meant to get him to treat women better.

That seemed to stall the Filner-must-go crowd briefly. But as Friday wore on, it gained steam. San Diego County’s most powerful Democrat, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, demanded that Filner quit. So did City Council President Todd Gloria, a fellow Democrat who did so even though he could be accused of being self-serving, since he would inherit most of the mayor’s powers if Filner resigned.

And then Filner’s chief of staff quit.

What I’m hearing is that the allegations that Filner’s critics won’t spell out publicly are just awful. Anyone who backs Filner with the argument that he’s just a 70-year-old from a different generation who didn’t understand that sexual banter was OK will look like an ass when we hear what actually allegedly happened.

This may be what led Politico on Friday afternoon to say Filner was accused not of sexual harassment but “sexual assault.” That is not a minor distinction. Politico later issued a correction, but was it out of caution over people not going on the record or because it genuinely believed it was getting bad information?

We shall see.

Never has a pol deserved such a demise more than Bob Filner.


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  1. Hondo
    Hondo 13 July, 2013, 07:52

    He’s negotiating a gigantic golden parachute as we speak. I guarantee he will be crying all the way to the bank when he finally resigns.

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  2. Rex the Wonderdog!
    Rex the Wonderdog! 13 July, 2013, 08:39

    San Diego County’s most powerful Democrat, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez – ====

    LOL….Gonzalez SD most powerful democrat- too funny. She was just elected, for the very first time, to a STATE office. She is a public union flunkie.

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  3. us citizen
    us citizen 13 July, 2013, 12:48

    Isnt weener boy running for office again?

    This wont last long. Seems the dems always forget about their lurching pervs.

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  4. Steve Mehlman
    Steve Mehlman 13 July, 2013, 13:07

    One sad thing about the Filner debacle is that the jackals like the UT who have been hounding him ever since the election are going to declare “victory”, even though their attacks were based on partisan politics and ideology and had nothing to do with sexual harassment. But of course, even a blind squirrel can find a nut once in awhile.

    Filner has no one to blame but himself. He needs to resign. But it is a sad day for San Diego and its citizens, not a time to gloat.

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  5. Steve Mehlman
    Steve Mehlman 13 July, 2013, 13:09

    And yet another insult from Rexie. Anyone who doesn’t agree with him is a “flunkie”. I’m surprised he didn’t call her a union “thug”. Maybe he’s sexist too?

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  6. Queeg
    Queeg 13 July, 2013, 14:37

    Why do hapless people pay protection money to keep a job?

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  7. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 13 July, 2013, 14:58

    So Filthy Filner is a misogynist huh? No surprise at all. Just another “Progressive” fraud who thinks laws and civil behavior are for the little people. If you look up the word Jerk in the dictionary it has a picture of him.

    Are his allies really making the excuse that he’s 70 so he and his generation get a pass? That’s worse than pathetic. His generation invented sexual harassment laws and now when they get hoisted by their own petard they want a pass. The term hypocrite doesn’t even begin to describe them.

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  8. Bill Gore
    Bill Gore 13 July, 2013, 15:39

    Also there’s the tremendous irony of the union-financed gay bashing campaign that put this clown in office in the first place. This smoking gun has Lorena Gonzalez’s prints all over it. They were so terrified of DeMaio that they resorted to tactics that expose them as raging hypocrites. The ads were sleazy, dirty and loaded with homophobic innuendo aimed directly at DeMaio’s sexuality, right out of the 1950’s. And they got away with it. And, VOILA, barely half a year into his term as the unions’ dream mayor HE is revealed to be the sexual predator, super creep, killer clown from outer space…

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  9. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 14 July, 2013, 19:57

    Such vitriol….shocked….analyze why he won the election….and why goose stepping Republicans keep getting waxed by hopelessly flawed candidates…..wake up….

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  10. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 15 July, 2013, 00:28

    Uhaul, please in all sincerity get a clue. BOTH PARTIES ARE RUN BY GOOSE STEPPERS! Oh, and about the Republicans, of course they are hopelessly inept but at some point you just have to blame the idiot sucker voters for putting people like Filthy Filner in office.

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  11. Rex the Wonderdog!
    Rex the Wonderdog! 15 July, 2013, 22:03

    And yet another insult from Rexie. Anyone who doesn’t agree with him is a “flunkie”. I’m surprised he didn’t call her a union “thug”. Maybe he’s sexist too?
    She’s too flabby and overweight to be a legit “thug”, so flunkie is it 😉

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  12. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 15 July, 2013, 22:15

    Being overweight is a disability……being gloomer….well….so unfortunate!

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