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Filner’s Chief Of Staff Says Mayor Started, Completed Therapy A Week Early

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's chief of staff confirmed to 10News that the mayor began his therapy a week early and has already completed the program.

Mayor Bob Filner tells reporters he will enter a behavioral counseling clinic, July 26, 2013.

On Friday afternoon, Chief of Staff Lee Burdick told 10News reporter Allison Ash that Filner began his two weeks of "intensive" therapy one week earlier due to "intense media coverage."

In a press conference in late July, Filner said he would begin his two-week therapy session on August 5.

He was originally scheduled to come back to work August 19, but Filner is reportedly coming back to San Diego Friday.

When asked, Burdick did not say when the mayor would return.

Filner has been accused of unwanted advances by 14 women, including two city employees and military veterans who were speaking at an event for females raped while in the armed forces. Some of the women said he tried to kiss and grope them.

He has rebuffed numerous calls for his resignation from political and business leaders, including all nine members of the City Council, the San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee, former Mayor Jerry Sanders, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles and Senate Majority Leader Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento.

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theRose | August 9, 2013 at 4:17 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

He started the program a week early and no one noticed his absence from the mayor's office? At least, not the point that it was leaked to the press?

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CaliforniaDefender | August 9, 2013 at 4:27 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

So he's back from his city paid Malibu vacation a week early? Great!

He can submit his letter of resignation and skedaddle to Pittsburgh this weekend.

Goodbye Filner. You will NOT be missed.

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muckapoo1 | August 9, 2013 at 5:18 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Quick, hide your wives and daughters !!!! The troll of San Diego is back on the streets.

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llk | August 9, 2013 at 6:37 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Hey Bob, as a taxpaying resident of the City of San Diego, I just wanted to say you're welcome for the free lessons on how not to be a giant creep. Now resign already, you massive disappointment.

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Mmikey | August 10, 2013 at 7:18 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

completed or just weaseled out. ?

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RLA | August 10, 2013 at 9:25 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Maybe his outpatient treatment includes riding the elevators around town and at city hall to see if he can keep his hands to himself?

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RLA | August 11, 2013 at 10:49 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Maybe he flunked out of his taxpayer funded "summer school". Does the public get to see his grades so they know how he progressed? ...or maybe IF he is cured and can now fulfill his destiny to lead San Diego into liberal heaven?

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DeLaRick | August 11, 2013 at 12:54 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Bob Filner's last two weeks of treatment have been like giving a whale a Tic Tac. Now that his symptoms have been treated, when does he enter rehabilitation for the underlying cause? His resignation would indicate a better understanding of the concept of "other people." A big stride for him or any politician for that matter.

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