Filner accuser heads San Diego school system

Filner accuser heads San Diego school system

The Associated Press and the state media have done a good job on San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s pathetic sexual-harassment scandal, including the latest coverage of public accuser No. 8, who came forward Tuesday afternoon. This is in contrast with the national media, which have inexplicably conflated Filner’s case with Anthony Weiner’s and Elliot Spitzer’s under the all-purpose and misleading label of “sex scandals,” and which have done a terrible job of pointing out how long it’s been known that Filner is simply a bad person — the “Grand Canyon of [rectums].”

cindy.martenBut an interesting wrinkle that hasn’t got much attention is that among those who have called out the mayor of California’s second-largest city for sexual harassment is the superintendent of California’s second-largest school district. Cindy Marten just hasn’t gone after San Diego’s dirty old man of a mayor publicly.

This detail came to light after Voice of San Diego wrote about an intern witnessing an apparent incident of some kind involving Filner and Marten in June.

This prompted former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña, D-San Diego, to come forward with some more Filner-damning information:

“Update: After this story published, former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña called to say Marten was one of the six prominent women she spoke with two years ago about Filner physically or verbally harassing them before Saldaña reported the issue to local Democratic Party leadership. The intern’s story, Saldaña said, ‘matches up with something I heard from Cindy two years ago.’ Saldaña declined to detail what Marten told her.”

This is a juicy detail that hasn’t gotten the play it deserves. It raises, um, questions about Filner’s 2012 campaign promise to get the mayor’s office much more involved with San Diego Unified. He may have wanted to personally consummate the partnership.

Sorry, didn’t mean to gross you out.


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  1. Let It Collapse
    Let It Collapse 31 July, 2013, 09:20

    Boy, sex really does sell, doesn’t it?


    Is Marten a Republican?

    The photo indicates that she was “replaced” as superintendent.

    If she was “replaced” will it result in a lawsuit claiming she was let go because she wouldn’t play ball with Filner?

    Why was this not news 2 years ago when Marten allegedly reported the abuse to Assemblywoman Saldana who allegedly reported it to the “local Democratic leadership”?

    Why did Assemblywoman Saldana not report this publicly to the media way back when?

    Sorry if these question appear innane. I try not to pay attention to these sex scandals because it takes my mind off much more important stuff that is happening.

    Like the Supreme Court ruling that a warrant is not required for the gov to collect cell phone data because we entered into a voluntary business agreement with the cell phone company. Since when did “papers and effects” not apply to business records? What am I missing here and what has this nation turned into???

    And why no pushback from Obama, the former civil rights law professor???

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  2. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 31 July, 2013, 12:26

    Chris, don’t kick a man when he is down. I’m sure poor Mayor Filcher is the victim of a mental disorder. With a little treatment (2 weeks worth I’m told) he will be cured of his horrible condition and will be ready to return to his job saving San Diego from the vast right wing conspiracy.

    Besides, these women probably brought it on themselves by dressing and acting provocatively, right? If only we as a society had the wisdom to adopt Muslim dress codes for women these sordid events wouldn’t happen. Perhaps clitorectomy’s should be mandatory too, so these loose women couldn’t possibly derive any furtive enjoyment from Mayor Filcher’s amorous antics.

    A truly compassionate society would welcome Filcher back and understand that he is the real victim. Yea, that’s it. Filcher is the victim of a right wing vendetta, isn’t that right Skippy? Now everybody, go back to your bread and circuses, nothing to see here.

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