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Supporting A Politician Through Scandal

Evening Edition

Aired 8/14/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.


Thomas Reifer, Ph.D, associate professor of Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences, University of San Diego

Brian Adams, professor of Political science, San Diego State University


A recent poll indicates that more than 70 percent of San Diegans want Mayor Bob Filner to resign.

Special Feature Read the Backstory

All of the accusations, statements and apologies from the key players in the developing story about allegations of sexual harassment in Mayor Bob Filner's office and calls from former mayoral supporters for his resignation.

That means about 30 percent either haven't made up their minds or are supporting the embattled mayor. So, how do people make up their minds about whether to stick with a politician or not?

American politics has plenty of examples of politicians who've survived scandals, the primary being President Bill Clinton. How much are people willing to overlook in their elected officials and why?

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TheDiegan | August 14, 2013 at 12:36 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Hey all, was in Costa Rica catching waves but back in Diegotown and what do I hear but all this about Mayor Bob.

But hey, as Johnny Cochrane said: If there's no blue dress, there is no mess.

So I stand beside this man, this member of the Party, and I hope all women and men will stand beside him.

And now there's this whole locked out thing . . . but haven't we all been locked out of our own places at some point? Ways back I lost a set while surfing this break off Cabo, had to hotwire my V-Dub. So give the man the Key to the City and hey, problem solved, back in office and greeting visitors with that smile.

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twells | August 14, 2013 at 12:54 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Amazing how you would advocate a man with such poor judgement to continue to be your leader. I guess the leader reflects the electorate.

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tkterry | August 14, 2013 at 1:23 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

I too agree that Bob Filner can no longer be effective as mayor but in our zeal to oust him we should be careful of the process to recall him, the cost to the city and the open door to more political back door dealing that will challenge all those who seek the position.

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Missionaccomplished | August 14, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Whatever his pecadilloes, look at his political enemies: corrupt self-seekers, right wingers and straightjacket ideologues.

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MarineRoom | August 14, 2013 at 3:16 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago


You said it.

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loudlong | August 14, 2013 at 3:41 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

How much are people willing to overlook in their elected officials? Plenty. But not this much. Filner has to go, for the good of all.

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CarlosDangler | August 14, 2013 at 4:54 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

If it looks like duck,.. quacks like a duck... walks like a duck and if 14 credible people tell you its a duck....and if it limps.........then it's a lame duck.

Filner needs to step down. If Bob Filner continues in his refusal to step down, we need to step it up a notch. He is counting on San Diego's beautiful weather to numb the minds of the masses over time hoping San Diegan's have a short attention span in hopes that you all forget about the scandal.

The world is watching closely at what we do with this scandal. If he remains in office, the nationwide/international reputation of the city of San Diego will be in the toilet.

Folks adamantly against a 'recall' are doing so to set up a smoke-screen in order to railroad the one mechanism that will be the most likely method to recall him. They will say that 'I support him stepping down but I don't support recall'. They don't want a recall because they know that is the most likely route we will be required to take because of Bob Filner's arrogant refusal to do the right thing and step down.

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ExtremeLeftSnowboarder | August 14, 2013 at 5:12 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

This was a great interview.

It points out that Filner was not doing a good job before the sexual harassment allegations. He has been unable to build a coalition of allies... and that's "prior" to the current scandals, by pissing off an incredible list of people... not just the right wingers, but nearly everyone!... check the facts people! and his speeches are consistently horrible. Yeah, I think its safe to say that Filner is a huge jerk.

I am supporting any and all ways to get rid of this freak of a person (resignation being my preference, of course). Very much looking forward to Todd Gloria taking over... if our 'piece-of-you-what' mayor would just resign.

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CarlosDangler | August 15, 2013 at 7 a.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

hilarious filner video:

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ExtremeLeftSnowboarder | August 15, 2013 at 1:13 p.m. ― 3 years, 7 months ago

Thanks Carlos - funny video!!

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