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Emerald, Cole Call On Filner To Resign

Saying "enough is enough,'' Bob Filner's last two supporters on the City Council called today for the embattled San Diego mayor to resign immediately.

Myrtle Cole talks in her campaign office.

Councilwomen Myrtle Cole and Marti Emerald issued a joint statement that pointed to new evidence of Filner's conduct, including statements by members of the mayor's staff to investigators about alleged daily harassment and abuse.

Cole and Emerald, who are closely aligned to the mayor politically, joined the seven other members of the panel in calling on him to step down.

Cole, who won a special election to join the council in May, had previously backed the mayor's plea for due process rights while allegations of sexual harassment swirled around him.

Emerald, who was attending a governance seminar at Harvard University when the scandal erupted, criticized Filner's conduct upon her return but did not call for his resignation at that time.

"Mayor Bob Filner must resign immediately,'' the councilwomen said in today's joint statement. "Disturbing new evidence about the mayor's conduct makes it crystal clear he can no longer remain the chief executive of the city of San Diego.''

After acknowledging their previous support for the mayor, Cole and Emerald said, "We are shocked by his conduct and his lack of respect for women, his employees and the office he holds.''

Press photo of Councilwoman Marti Emerald.

Above: Press photo of Councilwoman Marti Emerald.

So far, 14 women have publicly complained of unwanted advances by the mayor, including two city employees.

One, former mayoral communications director Irene McCormack Jackson, has sued Filner and the city. Another, a manager who only used her first name of Stacy, has lodged two complaints but has not filed a lawsuit.

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Avatar for user 'progressivebuthey'

progressivebuthey | August 9, 2013 at 4:15 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Both Cole and Emerald DID NOT stand by Filner because of due process. What if Filner was accused (but not indicted) of pedophilia, would they still invoke their due process argument while the process played out? Hardly.

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Mmikey | August 10, 2013 at 7:19 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

wait until the fbi checks his computers to see what other perversion he is up to.

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RLA | August 10, 2013 at 9:22 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Too little, too late. Maybe his progressive brilliance blinded them?

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thompsonrichard | August 10, 2013 at 12:07 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

The latest revelations regarding your behavior toward women recovering from sexual assault – women who desperately need our help – have shaken me to my core.~ Barbara Boxer
But most of the 26,000 active-duty troops who during 2012 were victims of unwanted sexual contact were male.
In 2011, an appellate court ruled in favor of a former Marine suffering from mental illness indicated that bullying was prevalent at ROK Marine units over time. The 24-year-old man filed a suit against a chief of the Suwon office of the Veterans Ministry, demanding that he cancel the decision not to recognize him as a man of national merit. The Seoul High Court particularly pointed to the deep-rooted tradition in the Marine Corps, under which soldiers collectively brand a poorly adapted youngster an outcast and force junior soldiers into ignoring, disrespecting and in some cases raping him.
The bodies of the four Republic of Korea Marines were laid to rest at Daejeon National Cemetery in early July 2011. Military investigators had arrested a Marine private first class on charges of complicity in a shooting rampage that left the four Marines dead. The 19-year-old corporal was treated for multiple injuries he sustained after detonating a hand grenade in an apparent suicide attempt. South Korean Marine Corps Commander Lieut. Gen. Yoo Nak-jun said during the ceremony: “I extend my deep apology for failing to understand the minds of the Marine troops and prevent such an incident. I will try my utmost to prevent the repeat of the case in which fellow soldiers hurt one another.” Six years earlier, at an Army De-Militarized Zone front-line unit in Yeoncheon, South Korea a corporal went on a shooting spree that left eight soldiers dead. The gang rape of a Japanese elementary schoolgirl by three American servicemen in Okinawa in 2005 brought US-Japan relations to a standstill.
“I want you to hear it directly from me, the Commander-in-Chief: It undermines what this military stands for and it undermines what the Marine Corps stands for when sexual assault takes place within our units. And that’s why we are going to work together — all of us — to stop these crimes of sexual assault, and uphold the honor and the integrity that defines the finest military on Earth,” the Commander-in-Chief said, at a local Marine Corps base recently. Some rapes may have been carried out a "code red" order / a violent extrajudicial punishment.

As Jack Nicholson / Colonel Jessup asserts forcefully in a 1992 American drama film directed by Rob Reiner: "You can't handle the truth!"

from Shakespeare's TITUS ANDRONICUS
(to Demetrius) "Look round about the wicked streets of Rome,
And when thou find'st a man that's like thyself,
Good Murder, stab him: he's a murderer.
(to Chiron) Go thou with him
& should it happen that you find
another that is like to thee,
Good Rapine, stab him: he is a ravisher."
Would it were so easy!

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