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Nurse Wanting Help For Marine Says Filner Made Unwanted Sexual Advances

Above: Michelle Tyler, Gloria Allred and Katherine Ragazzino speak at an August 6, 2013 press conference, where they described the mayor's alleged unwanted sexual advances toward Tyler.

Another woman, a nurse named Michelle Tyler, said Mayor Bob Filner made unwanted sexual advances toward her while she was trying to get help for a U.S. Marine.

Aired 8/6/13 on KPBS News.

Another woman, a nurse named Michelle Tyler, says Mayor Bob Filner made unwanted sexual advances toward her while she was trying to get help for a Marine.

The Marine, Katherine Ragazzino, and attorney Gloria Allred, appeared with Tyler during a press conference Tuesday. They detailed a June 11 meeting between Tyler and the mayor where they said Filned offered a type of quid quo pro, promising help in exchange for a date with Tyler.

Allred said she has not yet filed a lawsuit on behalf of Tyler, but they will file a complaint with the San Diego County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday afternoon and have sent a letter to San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith asking him to investigate the incident.

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Gloria Allred Statement about Nurse Michelle Tyler

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Allred is also representing Irene McCormack Jackson, who filed a suit last month against the mayor and the city of San Diego, citing specific examples of lewd behavior by the mayor.

Since then, at least nine other women have come forward with similar allegations.

Filner was scheduled to be in behavioral counseling starting Monday. His office did not respond to requests for comment.

Tyler, a licensed nurse, said she met with Filner, Ragazzino and a veterans representative in the mayor's office to ask him to lobby the Veterans Administration to get Ragazzino help. Ragazzino said she had post-traumatic stress disorder and spent 18 months in the hospital for injuries she sustained while in Iraq.

After agreeing to help Ragazzino, Filner asked to speak to Tyler alone.

"I thought the mayor wanted to ask me questions about Katherine's injuries and level of care," Tyler said. "Instead, I was stunned to find he suddenly changed the conversation from professional to personal."

Allred said the mayor made advances on Tyler, rubbed her arm, told her to relax and said "wow, you are really magnificent."

"The mayor leaned forward and asked, 'you are not married, are you?'" Allred said. When Tyler told him she was in the midst of a divorce, Filner said "good," according to Allred.

Filner then found a phone number Tyler had written on her appointment request and said, "is that your phone number that I can call you at?" Allred said. She added that the mayor asked Tyler, "will you go to dinner with me if I help your Marine?"

She said Filner told Tyler that if they weren't in his office, he would like to kiss her.

Tyler told him to stop and said she had to leave, Allred said. As Tyler left the office, the mayor told her, "I'm going to call you."

Allred said the mayor made it clear his help for Ragazzino was conditional upon Tyler going to dinner with him and spending time with him.

Attorney Gloria Allred holds up the warning sign she proposes the city of San Diego hang outside the mayor's office.

Allred said Filner's behavior was an abuse of his power, and suggested the city post a sign outside the mayor's office warning that he is a danger to women.

"It is shocking that Mayor Filner would use the power of his office to attempt to set up dates with individuals seeking his help," Allred said. "Many people ask for help from their elected officials. To use his power as the mayor of the city of San Diego to satisfy his sexual needs is clearly improper and should not be tolerated."

Ragazzino teared up as she described her experience with Filner and Tyler. She said she owes everything to Tyler for getting her help.

"I don't appreciate being used as a bargaining chip to fulfill his sexual desires," Ragazzino said of Filner.

Filner is scheduled to be deposed in the McCormack case on Friday, a date that conflicts with his reported behavioral therapy. Allred said she does not know where the mayor is receiving his therapy, but expects the deposition to continue as scheduled.

She added that she has also been contacted by more women with claims against Filner.

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Avatar for user 'dlwintermia'

dlwintermia | August 6, 2013 at 8:50 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

The real tragedy of "Filner affair" is that we went through an election process that elected a mayor to do a job that he can not now do because of all of these people in positions of power and leadership who said nothing before, but are now paralyzing our city government by their actions, not Filner's. This unique, American, tattletale behavior does nothing but help to destroy the political process in this country. Now San Diego will sit in its stink while we either go through a childish process of recall or let the castrated major complete his term. I hope all of these people, especially the women who have now come forward, are pleased with their behavior. I believe they should be held responsible for their actions, or lack of them, that will leave us to deal with this mess. If we aren't going to recall all of them or ask for their resignations, then we should. Is this just some kind of sweet revenge?

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CoastalSanDiego | August 6, 2013 at 10:18 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

@dlwintermia - The timing is unfortunate. We all wish that we would've known of Mayor Filner's proclivity for sexual harassment BEFORE we voted him into office. However, we cannot blame the victims of a crime for the timing of their coming forward.
I hope that you are able to find compassion and empathy for victims, rather than cruel judgement and asking them to be held "responsible for their actions." They are being responsible, they are holding themselves up to public scrutiny after a private humiliation.

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CaliforniaDefender | August 6, 2013 at 10:27 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

I agree with the poster above that those who knew about the abuse should be held accountable.

That would probably include many senior officials and politicians of the San Diego and California branches of the Democratic Party as well as the DNC itself. I would not be surprised to hear that the White House knew of the abuse and did nothing.

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CaliforniaDefender | August 6, 2013 at 10:34 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

CoastalSanDiego,

Actually we were warned, by Carl DeMaio of all people:

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/Jul/15/letter-said-good-luck-san-diego-bob-filner

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Peking_Duck_SD | August 6, 2013 at 10:39 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

dlwintermia, it's easy to judge people when you are removed from the situation and looking in hindsight.

Filner was known for retaliation.

If someone were making unwanted advances towards you and going forward meant possibly jeopardizing your entire career and livelihood, you would need to think long and hard about what to do.

And as far as others in the "political machine", they chose to go off of fact instead of rumor, which is the RIGHT THING to do.

Filner served for two decades in Congress and had not one public accusation or charge for sexual harassment against him.

All that existed were rumors.

If we let rumors dictate our political process, it would be even worse than the political process we have in place now where anyone can accuse someone of anything and ruin them on the spot.

Whenever high profile rimes or scandals take place, there is always this knee-jerk reaction to start witch-hunting scapegoats to burn at the stake beyond the alleged perpetrator.

If someone witnesses a sexual assault, that is one thing. You are required by law to report that and it's also morally the correct thing to do.

But when you are talking about flirting and unwanted sexual advances, it gets far murkier.

If I were somewhere and saw someone flirting with someone else and it appeared to be unwarranted, I would not interject myself into it without knowing the background of the situation. Is it a lover's quarrel between two people intimately involved or a stranger being harassed? How do you know just by observing? If the person being harassed doesn't want to file a complaint, why should another person? The person being harassed might just deny it and then the do-gooder would be ruined by the wrath of making unfounded claims.

This type of blame places goes well beyond Filner - we see it in high-profile crimes like the John Gardner murders and other horrendous situations where the public is so frustrated they have to find multiple people to lash out at.

And you wrote:

" I believe they should be held responsible for their actions, or lack of them, that will leave us to deal with this mess."

What, exactly, does this mean? Anyone who was in a room where Filner allegedly flirted with someone needs to be fired?

That's preposterous.

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Peking_Duck_SD | August 6, 2013 at 10:47 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

CADefender:

"I would not be surprised to hear that the White House knew of the abuse and did nothing".

Ughhhh, proof!?

So you and dlwintermia want a system where people are punished for not acting on rumors?

That's very dangerous territory and not the kind of society I want to live in.

How many Republicans in Congress probably saw Mark Foley being a little too friendly with his pages? Probably a lot of them. But without tangible proof of what he was doing they didn't step forward. Should all of them be punished or thrown out of office?

How many local Republicans probably heard rumors about Randy "Duke" Cunningham taking bribes, but because they were rumors didn't come forward until tangible facts and an investigation ensued?

Should we go hunt them all down and throw them out of office ?????

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CaliforniaDefender | August 6, 2013 at 11:06 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Duck,

I'm not accusing the White House, I'm simply stating it wouldn't surprise me at all.

I would guess many senior officials in Washington knew exactly what Filner was doing and aided in the cover up to make it "just a rumor". That is how Washington works.

Also, I should clarify that I'm not just attacking Democrats for covering up corruption and abuse of women, as Republicans are no different. Again, this is the culture of Washington.

That is why electing a federal politician to local office is always a VERY BAD idea.

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dmitryb | August 6, 2013 at 11:22 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

There legions of political operatives on federal, state and local levels whose only job is to diffuse facts into rumors. On the other hand, there are people whose primary job is to punch through the levels of BS cover around rumors and get to raw facts. These people are called journalists. However, when it comes to getting facts out whenever a non-Republican is at stake, they just keep failing the public.

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David Lucero | August 6, 2013 at 11:32 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

When it comes to being harassed the responsibility to come forward falls on the shoulders of those harassed, not the witnesses. In my experience I have witnessed coworkers receive what I believed, and still do, to have been unfair treatment, even harassment. I encouraged the coworker to speak up and see higher persons in authority to address the issue. They refused. When I mentioned it to a supervisor the supervisor approached my coworker, but he (yes, he was a man) refused to talk about it. The supervisor correctly said he could not move forward with an investigation if the alleged victim refused to assist. The harasser did get wind of what was happening and stopped, but no official documentation ever went into his file and he ended up getting promoted despite all that happened.

Bottom line, the persons being harassed have to come forward. We can encourage them, but without them doing the talking it is a longer road to finding justice. Please bear in mind, this is only one experience I am referring to. It does not mean all other experiences are null and void. I mention this because some of the comments here are taken the wrong way.

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philosopher3000 | August 6, 2013 at 1:14 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Once again KPBS pimps a sleazy lawyer's press-conference about unsubstantiated accusations. Gossip and slander are NOT news!

Good journalists don't jump like lap-dogs ever time some self-serving lawyer attacks another good leader. It's not in the best interest of the public to allow undocumented and unproven accusations to paralyze our government.

The proper journalistic response is NOT to spread sex stories about respected civil-rights heroes, but to let due-process work out who has the facts on their side.

"unwanted sexual advances" is a loaded term to use, just to build up the tension for broadcast audiences. These are ACCUSATIONS, undocumented, unreported at the time they ALLEGEDLY happened, and even IF true, nothing more than one-time romantic flirtations.

The true tragedy here is not the Mayors loss of reputation, it is the City's loss of mind.
We need some sense of reality. If I made accusations agains Scott Peters or Tom Crato in a 'Press Conference' would you jump up like this to report.

P.S. I love how KPBS used their Broadcast power to shape public opinion, and now reports that public opinion has swung against the mayor. Classy trick.

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philosopher3000 | August 6, 2013 at 1:22 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Professional, intelligent women, don't wait 8 years to tell about a pat on the butt.

Women of class and "high-standing" simply ignore the one time flirtations of men to which they are not attracted. This is an obvious political campaign against a strong Mayor.

Once the accusations fly in the broadcast media, the avalanche of false allegations (or rather allegations of flirting, hugs, and kisses, but nothing of substance) are bound to come out from those promoting their books and their political agenda.

What is the documented PROOF, EVIDENCE, that KPBS claims to have? NOTHING!!

You don't put people on trial in the PRESS based upon hearsay! (and, YES, even sworn DEPOSITIONS are Hearsay!)

KPBS has succeeded in destroying the Mayor's reputation and paralyzing the City, distracting us from the real problems of corruption and graft going on via the big down-town land development banks (for which most of the 'accusers' have unreported financial ties), using this EXCLUSIVE 'whisper campaign'.

This "NEWS CONFERENCE" is not NEWS its a press-conference for an embattled lawyer, who must win to keep her reputation, with KPBS in the same boat.

Now the fight in joined, and you have too much to lose. If Mayor Filner doesn't fall, then KPBS is exposed as just another biased and prejudiced outlet for corporate propaganda. Opinion journalism has infiltrated 'non-profit' public broadcasting.

Your only success is dividing the progressive democratic community against itself, and spreading these unsubstantiated claims without regard for the truth of the facts. Confront your own bias and prejudice.

Even IF every claim against Filner were backed by hard scientific evidence, like video, he would still be guilty only of 'unwanted advances', and that's a subjective opinion. Every man has been romantically rejected, it's not illegal, no reason to make a big deal, unless that man rejected your political agenda.

So why does KPBS have sex on the mind? Perhaps the reporters of this story have life experiences that lead them to seek revenge against men, and they are using the Mayor as a surrogate? Or perhaps all the corporate money that pours into KPBS from down-town interests is causing them to 'editorialize' toward hearsay and gossip in this direction? More likely, the chance to become part of a NATIONAL STORY and the fame and glory of 'taking down the Mayor' has gone to your heads. Your in too deep.

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wacka_mole | August 6, 2013 at 1:39 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Personal eyewitness accounts are considered evidence.
And anyone swearing out a deposition is subject to prosecution for perjury.
So it generally is not undertaken lightly. Jus' sayin'

As for harassment vs. advances, as my dear mother used to say, when a woman says no -- stop. Immediately. Step back. Disengage. Apologize even. That way there is no room for misinterpretation. It's called behaving like a gentleman. And it can save a guy a lot of problems. Guess Filner never had that talk with his mom.

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Grahma2 | August 6, 2013 at 3:28 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Clearly, Philosopher3000 has never been on the receiving end of unwanted attention, especially when your job or a business request is dependent on the positive view of the person giving that unwanted attention. Filner has boasted of his power for years so it is not surprising that women have not come forward until now.

This is the man who, as a congressman, claimed to be fighting to protect women in the military from exactly the same kind of behavior and he claims not to know what sexual harassment is. How many women must come forward for P3000 to realize that this is not just the msm picking on poor Mayor Filner? I suspect there are many more women just working up the courage to call the hotline.

And what possible excuse can anyone give for trying to French kiss a stranger, or pick up a woman in front of her husband? Filner's reported behavior (which he has not denied) is just plain creepy and disgusting. Come on - my 3 year old grandson knows what is not appropriate behavior with girls.

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thompsonrichard | August 6, 2013 at 5:04 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Bob Filner has a reputation as a staunch supporter of military veterans and for fighting to make sure they receive adequate medical care.

He was chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs from 2007 to 2011.

That's absolute fact.

Otherwise we're in for a really big show produced and directed by the ambulance chaser Gloria Allred. On 19 Sept. 1977, a grand jury in Los Angeles brought in a six-count indictment against Roman Polanski, remanding him to 90 days in prison with a psychiatric evaluation. The jury determined that there was sufficient evidence supporting the allegation that he had sexually assaulted a 13-year old girl. If the psychiatric evaluation indicated that Polanski suffered from a disorder, that might alleviate a sentence of guilty, the maximun penalty of which was -- and is -- 50 years behind bars. Romanski split the day before his sentence was pronounced.

Kamala Harris was City Attorney of San Francisco when she ran for her first statewide office.

During the 2012 campaign, Harris was accused by the City Attorney of Los Angeles, her opponent in the general election, of being soft on crime.

One charge had her refusing to involve the City of San Francisco in seeking the death penalty for a cop killer -- and she also refused to praise her opponent for having had Polanski arrested in Switzerland.

Kamala squeaked by because Barry and Bob won.

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laplayaheritage | August 6, 2013 at 5:50 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

https://www.facebook.com/SanDiegansForMayorBobFilner

The following quote is an analysis by the San Diegans for Mayor Bob Filner Facebook Page.

"Lets take a look at the statements Allred made, since we know the media will not.

1.. After agreeing to help Ragazzino, Filner asked to speak to Tyler alone.

AFTER agreeing to help, not before, not during, no quid pro quo but "after saying he would help."

2. She said Filner told Tyler that if they weren't in his office, he would like to kiss her.

IF they weren't in his office. Making it clear he wasn't using his office.

3.Tyler told him to stop and said she had to leave, Allred said. As Tyler left the office, the mayor told her, "I'm going to call you."

DID the mayor ever call ??

4. Ragazzino teared up as she described her experience with Filner and Tyler. She said she owes everything to Tyler for getting her help.

NO, it appears you owe some of your thanks to the mayor, who helped you without any trade of favors at all.

Once again the mayor flirts, ask a woman out, is rebuffed and he does no follow up on it. Once rebuffed it seems "no" works quite well with the mayor.

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obshellums | August 6, 2013 at 6:06 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

I'm confused. Why did she go to the mayor for this help In June 2013? I know he has been influential as a Congressman for veteran's affairs but he's not a Congressman. She does have a Congressman or Congresswoman. Also there is the organization Wounded Warriors. I hate to sound callous but is she trying to get ahead of others in line that have gone through the regular route for this help? Also if it is so slow or ineffective isn't that supposed to also be addressed by her actual elected federal representatives?

Somehow it doesn't seem right to accuse him of quid pro quo especially if she is trying to get ahead of others who are going through their elected representatives in Congress and the VA system as it exists.

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Frankie | August 6, 2013 at 7:14 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Much sound and fury here, with many good points, the most important being:
"Opinion journalism has infiltrated 'non-profit' public broadcasting."

The same must be said for KPBS' compromised twin on life support VoiceofSanDiego.org, which shares a deep-pockets' funder in Filner-foe Irwin Jacobs. Too bad for San Diegans who can't abide the Manchester U-T and no longer trust VOSD or KPBS.

But let's not go to the dogs tonight: there is still the LA Times, the San Diego Reader and on-line SanDiegoFreePress.org.

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strata66 | August 6, 2013 at 8:17 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

ph3000, such clarity! Well done :)

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wacka_mole | August 6, 2013 at 9:23 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

I have it on good authority that the Filner camp is paying people to comment.

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MalcolmSanDiego | August 6, 2013 at 9:53 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Once again, Philosopher3000 amazes me (at an earlier date I requested KPBS to take his posts down due to his Username not matching his posts...i.e., he doesn't seem to have any reasoning skills like real philosophers do). Anyway.

Here's P3000's last words on this thread: "So why does KPBS have sex on the mind? Perhaps the reporters of this story have life experiences that lead them to seek revenge against men, and they are using the Mayor as a surrogate? Or perhaps all the corporate money that pours into KPBS from down-town interests is causing them to 'editorialize' toward hearsay and gossip in this direction? More likely, the chance to become part of a NATIONAL STORY and the fame and glory of 'taking down the Mayor' has gone to your heads. Your in too deep."

In response to Philo3000's comment, strata666 tells Philo3000: "... such clarity! Well done :)"

What the.

Back to P30's comment. Instead of all the "reasons" P gives for KPBS's reporting of this matter, perhaps KPBS is a news station. Mayor Filner's behavior is news--BAD news, but still news that citizens should know about.

If the behavior of an elected official is to the degree that Filner's is, none of the things they say they'll do for the city are genuine--it's a lie. The guy is self-centered! A person of such selfishness doesn't really care about you (p30 and strata66). Maybe one or two groups may get special favors (or lip service), but that's not good enough for San Diego. We need a different politician in the Mayor's office.

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MalcolmSanDiego | August 6, 2013 at 10:05 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Boy! laplayaheritage sure knows how to take bits and pieces out of a situation, twist-em, not be candid, and come to conclusions based on the aforementioned. Genius. How does one wrap their brain around your complexity? Guess I'll pass on any real argument with laplayaheritage.

But I will say: Filner's behavior is not what any thinking (and unbiased) person wants as Mayor of San Diego. Whether or not the letter of the law is involved. And whether or not you originally voted for him.

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Hardcover | August 6, 2013 at 10:05 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

waka-mole: I've commented as much as almost anyone and nobody has offered me anything, and I could really use the money.
I understand the head of the KPBS news department used to be Donna Frye's Chief of Staff, is this true, and should it be disclosed by the station? Seems like the reason why they might be getting all the scoops.

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LoriSaldana | August 6, 2013 at 11:02 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

to thompsonrichard - FYI, Kamala Harris was elected California Attorney General in 2010, not 2012, so the Obama and Filner campaigns did not influence her election.

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MarineRoom | August 7, 2013 at 12:48 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Good points by Philosopher3000 and OBShellums!

Also, Lori is quite right about Harris...she squeaked by after quite a few days of counting, and made the statewide offices a clean sweep. I do think the year (2010 when CA bucked the national midterm traditional reaction) helped her, and she was traveling around with Jerry Brown to campaign for votes. However, the proof is in the pudding...she got voted in fair and square.

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MarineRoom | August 7, 2013 at 12:52 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Wackamoke:

Whose authority?

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laplayaheritage | August 7, 2013 at 6:39 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Hi MalcolmSD.

The prior post in quotes was from the San Diegans for Mayor Bob Filner Facebook Page.

https://www.facebook.com/SanDiegansForMayorBobFilner?hc_location=stream

I was not at Allred's press conference, or the meeting with the nurse. The ladies deserve an apology.

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Missionaccomplished | August 7, 2013 at 9:04 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Agree mostly with Filosofer2000. Allred is just a publicity seeker. This is becoming sensationalistic. I do believe the hyper feminists are among those who hate Filner--along wit the developers and gays.

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CaliforniaDefender | August 7, 2013 at 12:26 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

It is becoming clear which Democrats here unabashedly support Filner's corruption and abuse of women.

Money, power, and greed. Sad how that drives some people to ignore reality.

Right strata66, philosopher3000, obshellums, and MarineRoom?

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MarineRoom | August 7, 2013 at 3:43 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Mission:
The gays we know voted for Filner. We will see several of them this weekend and ask them about this situation, whether their thoughts on his capacity to be an excellent mayor have changed.

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MarineRoom | August 7, 2013 at 3:51 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Defender:
I do believe that the mythic level of corruption in this city is the very reason those who thrive on it are out to get the current Mayor, because he won't play ball. Thus, my support for Filner is a vote against corruption.

As to Fulner's alleged abuse of women, it is clear from his statement as well as from the allegations, that his behavior in regard to women he is attracted to has been crude and insensitive. When he gets his chance to tell his side of the story, and the plaintiff tells hers under oath, we shall no doubt have some actual facts on which to base an opinion as to whether his ill-mannered behavior amounts to sexual harassment.

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MarineRoom | August 7, 2013 at 3:52 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Excuse me, I meant to write Filner in the above post, not Fulner. Thanks.

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RLA | August 7, 2013 at 8:57 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

...and when San Diego was thinking, "it can't get any worse" here goes Bob - sinking to unimagined depths. What next?

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strata66 | August 7, 2013 at 9:06 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

There is no DNA, no photos, no sexting, just claims. Plus I think half of them women have hidden tattoos somewhere and could whack the hell out of Bob if he got too frisky.

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dlwintermia | August 8, 2013 at 9:23 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

I guess I need to step back into this, since my post helped to generate a lot of other post in response. I find referrals to Filner's crimes odd in the sense that his crimes have to be considered soft, unless he actually engaged in non-consensual acts of sex. In the last century, during which I lived more than half, what Filner did would never have been considered crimes, let alone outside of normal behavior. Society changes and as it changes it legislates what is acceptable and not acceptable behavior. I'll openly admit I skim most of the articles I read regarding Filner because I still haven't read anything that went beyond "bad boy" behavior. I don't approve of it, but then how many, some actually not very attractive, women didn't secretly find some of his attention flattering? Maybe that's why not one of them bothered to alert the public to these horrible crimes he's accused of committing. I find most of this affair to be nothing but pure nonsense. I'll stand by my earlier comment that the women who didn't come forward to report these purported crimes are as guilty as he is because isn't it a crime to not report crimes? The only real crime is that we elected someone who perhaps shouldn't have been elected, but we did it because these victims never spoke up.

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MarineRoom | August 8, 2013 at 1:41 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Wackamole:
Wow! When can I expect my 25-cent check?

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thompsonrichard | August 9, 2013 at 9:21 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

You're right, Lori Saldana!
Kamala won against Cooney in 2010!
By the way, I held up a 4' X 5' Lori Saldana for Congress sign at the Coronado 4th of July Parade, 2013. Technically, I was wrong -- since your race against Peters ended in whatever month the last primary election was held -- but in my heart I was still right!

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