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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Resigns, then Blames “Lynch Mob”

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Resigns, then Blames “Lynch Mob”

I am happy to report the San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who has been accused by 17 separate women of sexual harassment incidents, has announced his resignation.

The San Diego City Council voted 7-0 to accept Mayor Bob Filner’s resignation. Filner will step down on August 30. Two city council members abstained from the vote.

Todd Gloria, the Democratic City Council president, becomes acting mayor until a special election is held within 90 days after the resignation takes effect.

I mentioned that the last press conference held by Filner’s supporters in front of our City Hall bordered on the absurd. Filner’s resignation speech crossed that border and firmly occupied Absurd-land:

The Friday afternoon announcement capped off weeks of high drama as the accusations piled up against the 70-year-old former congressman, who was elected to lead San Diego in November. Filner apologized to the city for his “own personal failures,” chalking them up to “awkwardness and hubris,” and said that he had “no intention to be offensive” to women, even as he also claimed that he was the victim of a “lynch mob.”

“In a lynch mob mentality, rumors become allegations, allegations become facts, facts become evidence of sexual harassment, which have led to demands for my resignation and recall,” he said.

As we are poised to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s immortal “I Have a Dream” speech, it is extremely disturbing to have the banner of Civil Rights used to cover the perverted behavior of a self-serving politician. At no time during his lengthy resignation speech did Filner sound contrite or remorseful about the pain and anguish he has caused so many women.

Filner is right in one respect: The media is to blame for this travesty. However, only in the fact they failed to investigate on his aggressive behavior, which was known by members of the press for a very long time.

San Diego is still awaiting formal word on the details related to the deal between the City Council and Filner in exchange for this resignation. The local radio lines are full of citizens angered by the fact this resignation is likely to cost the taxpayers quite a bit.

Finally, Gloria Allred said the sexual harassment litigation filed on behalf of Irene McCormack Jackson against Filner and the city of San Diego was not settled. And that case has the potential to be very costly, too.

However, it is still gratifying that citizens were so willing to fight for his recall and so unwilling to let his excuses slide, that Filner has been forced to leave in disgrace.


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Is there at least one democrat in the world who can accept some personal responsibility?

Seems not…

Of course it the women’s fault for being women. That accounts for the “awkwardness & hubris”

Henry Hawkins | August 24, 2013 at 9:57 am

“I harassed no one! I merely imposed a skin tax! It’s constitutional!”

What? It’s all over without any bikini beach shots of Filthy Filner’s Filly?

huskers-for-palin | August 24, 2013 at 10:23 am

All’s fair in love and war……start calling him a quitter (aka: the Palin treatment).

NC Mountain Girl | August 24, 2013 at 10:37 am

In every large office I ever worked in by the end of my first week I had a complete run down on which men not to trust alone in an elevator of while working late. Yet Filner got away with this garbage for years. And the Democrats and the media dare call Republicans anti-women?

The only person I saw get away with such behavior in the private sector over the last 25 years was an octogenarian retired partner who probably weighed all of 95 lbs. Some of the female staff couldn’t take him seriously, the rest feared he’d have a heart attack in any confrontation.

left coast rebel | August 24, 2013 at 10:38 am

Saw this comment on Facebook:

Filner’s speech was actually 3-in-one, here’s how it added up:

00:00– → 03:07 I’m so sorry I messed up, it’s ALL my fault!

03:07– → 06:12 Look what great things I’VE done for this city!

06:12– → end; if you lynch mob bastards wouldn’t have stopped me I could have continued fixing the rest of the city for you, so keep my vision please!

My god, did you SEE some of those women he came on to ?

No shit, one of them was a 70 year old grandmother who looks like Jaba the Hut’s ugly mother-in-law.

Then again, he looks looks like an extra from ‘The Liazrd Man’ on his lunch break, still in makeup ….

And as I predicted – the settlement includes the city paying his legal bills, and all settlements against him.

I wonder if the two city council members who abstained from the vote did so because they are guilty of the same or worse shenanigans?

PersonFromPorlock | August 24, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Hmm… Kerry and swiftboating, Filner and lynching… it’s a Victim party presidential ticket made in Heaven!

The media bears a special guilt inasmuch as they pretend to be the watchdogs over government but turn immediately into lapdogs as soon as a Democrat is elected.

But there are many others, too, who knew and abetted his conduct by their silence throughout this vile miscreant’s career.

Lynch mob? Well, if poor, put-upon, Filner is going to play that card then it’s worth pointing out that it would be entirely appropriate for a woman, when grabbed and fondled by Filner, to reach down, seize his genitals, and squeeze and pull with all her strength. Entirely moral. No jury would convict her. And with good reason. I wonder how Filner would feel about this observation. 🙂