Wednesday, July 31, 2013

How Long Will Bob Fillner Last As San Diego Mayor?

San Diego mayor Bob Fillner is facing an investigation into misconduct while in office. The state of California, the U.S. Justice Department and the numerous lawsuits from women will eventually get him,

Democratic mayor ignores the calls for stepping down after it was revealed that he couldn't keep his paws off the females he happens to meet.

San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States. Located about 120 miles from Los Angeles and sitting at the border of the U.S.-Mexico crossing, San Diego is pretty much the coastal town that's considered the second largest city of the state of California.

For you see, California has a majority of the nation's largest cities and the most people living there. Hence the term The Golden State.

Bob Fillner won the mayoral race. After years of Republican mayors, the first Democrat to hold office in that region managed to beat back an onslaught of conservative groups. He was once a member of the U.S. House of Representatives .

In his first year as mayor, he began a legacy of scandal. Three of Filner's long-time supporters held a press conference to call for Filner's resignation as mayor, based on numerous unspecified but "credible" allegations that he had sexually harassed women. Later that day Filner issued a video statement apologizing and saying that he was seeking professional help to change his behavior.

KPBS-FM said that it has been investigating reports of sexual harassment of female staff members for several months, and that the complaints included "inappropriate comments, kissing and groping."

Filner admitted in a statement to reporters on that he had treated women poorly and sometimes intimidated them, but insisted that a "fair and independent investigation" would clear him of sexual harassment charges.

Filner's chief of staff, Vince Hall, announced his resignation, effective immediately.

Filner's new chief of staff resigned after only 10 days on the job and was replaced by a woman who had been serving as deputy chief of staff.

The same three former supporters held another press conference, describing detailed but anonymous accounts of women who say they were forcibly kissed, groped, and subjected to sexually suggestive comments by Filner; the alleged victims include a mayoral staffer, a campaign volunteer and a constituent. One of the former supporters, Donna Frye, said Filner was "tragically unsafe for any woman to be around."

Filner repeated that he had done nothing wrong and would not resign. Calls for Filner's resignation have come from Democratic members of Congress Susan Davis and Scott Peters, California State Assembly members Toni Atkins and Lorena Gonzalez, San Diego City Council president Todd Gloria, and several other city council members.

Attorney Gloria Allred announced at a press conference, in which she called for Filner's resignation, that her firm had filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Filner on behalf of the mayor's former communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson. In following days, two more women stepped forward to describe incidents involving then-Congressman Filner, one in 2005 and one in 2009.

More women from San Diego accused Filner of sexual harassment.

DNC chairwoman and U.S Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz called for Filner to resign.

Filner announced that he plans to take a leave of absence. "On August 5, I will be entering a counseling clinic to undergo two weeks of intensive therapy,” Filner said.

He did not say he would resign and said he would return.

On July 29, 2013, Filner asked the city of San Diego to pay his legal fees for a sexual harassment lawsuit regarding his former employee Irene McCormack Jackson. The city council will meet in a special closed session on the evening of July 30 to discuss whether or not to pay the sexual harassment claim.

Filner is divorced from his first wife, Barbara (Christy) Filner, a retired mediation specialist; they have a daughter, Erin Filner, a middle school social studies teacher who lives in Bedford, New York, and a son, Adam Filner, who is married and is the father of two young children. Filner was later married to Jane Merrill. At his first news conference after his election as mayor, Filner introduced his fiancee, Bronwyn Ingram, a disability analyst who works for the Social Security Administration.
San Diego from the harborside.

However, on July 8, 2013, she announced via email to a group of her supporters that the engagement had been called off and the relationship is over.

Now you've notice that the junk food media is obsessing over the sex lives of New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner as well.
Recently the former congressman was ahead in the polls. But after it was revealed that he was still sexting women his privates, his lead evaporated quickly.  Democrats are calling for these two to get out before they damage the brand.

While the Republicans are fighting with one another over the policies, the Democrats are fighting over the personal lives of politicians.

I don't care what goes on in their private lives. But in the case of Fillner, he shows lack of leadership especially in the position he's earned after fighting a strong conservative opposition.

I for one hope he would evaluate his options and find comfort in getting out before he does anymore damage to his career.

I am also guessing if there was a possibility, the signs of recall are growing for Fillner.

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