Shocker! Democrat Mayor Bob Filner Guilty of Sexual Harassment
Guest Post by Mara Zebest
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner admits he has a problem. UTSanDiego reports the following:
Filner: ‘I need help’: Mayor Bob Filner issued the following statement Thursday in response to allegations from political allies that he has sexually harassed numerous women.
Filner: “I begin today by apologizing to you. I have diminished the office to which you elected me. The charges made at today’s news conference are serious. When a friend like Donna Frye is compelled to call for my resignation, I’m clearly doing something wrong. I have reached into my heart and soul and realized I must and will change my behavior. […]
An Ex-Legislator warned the Democratic Party about Filner two years ago. What a surprise that the Democrat party ignored her warnings. After all, Filner is the ideal Marxist/Communist to have in a powerful California position.
VoiceOfSanDiego reports the following:
The local Democratic Party has known for a long time about sexual harassment allegations against Bob Filner, a former Democratic assemblywoman said in a Thursday interview.
“I blew the whistle on this two years ago to the Democratic Party leadership,” former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña said.
Saldaña said that in summer 2011 six prominent women in local politics, business and education told her that Filner had physically or verbally harassed them. Saldaña had been exploring what turned out to be an unsuccessful bid for Congress and the conversations came in the context of the 2012 elections.
Saldaña said she contacted former party Chairman Jess Durfee with the allegations and Durfee was among a group of Democratic leaders who met with Filner to discuss them that summer. She said nothing happened.
“As disgraceful as Bob’s behavior has been, it’s been tolerated by our Democratic Party leadership,” she said.
Saldaña said Filner never personally harassed her and declined to say who alleged to have had run-ins with the mayor. She said former City Councilwoman Donna Frye, who is calling for Filner’s resignation over unspecified sexual harassment allegations, inspired her to talk.
Saldaña has a long history of conflict with Filner, most prominently over a failed border sewage treatment project about a decade ago. She also wound up endorsing him for mayor.
Party leaders, she said, made it clear that if people didn’t support Filner they wouldn’t receive their support again.
Durfee, the former party chairman, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
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