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Disgraced San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Sentenced To 3 Years’ Probation

Above: Mayor Bob Filner tells the City Council he will resign.

Bob Filner was sentenced Monday to three months of home confinement and three years of probation for harassing women while he was mayor of San Diego, completing the fall of the former 10-term congressman who barely a year ago achieved his long dream of being elected leader of the nation's eighth-largest city.

Filner, who resigned amid widespread allegations of sexual harassment, pleaded guilty in October to one felony and two misdemeanors for placing a woman in a headlock, kissing another woman and grabbing the buttocks of a third.

Superior Court Judge Robert Trentacosta's sentence was the same as what prosecutors recommended in a plea agreement with Filner. The 71-year-old former mayor faced a maximum penalty of three years in prison for the felony and one year in jail for each misdemeanor.

The judge specified the Filner may not seek or hold elective office during the term of his probation and will be monitored by GPS during his home confinement, which begins on Jan. 1 and ends March 31. Exceptions to home confinement include medical, mental health and therapy appointments as well as travel to religious services.

Filner spoke briefly during the sentencing hearing.

"I want to apologize to my family who have stood by me through this ordeal, to my loyal staff and supporters, the citizens of San Diego and most sincerely to the women I have hurt and offended," Filner said.

He promised to earn back their trust and recover his integrity.

"Certainly the behaviors before this court today will never be repeated," he said.

Melissa Mandel, supervising state deputy attorney general, said victims in the criminal complaint did not want to address the court. She said Filner had demeaned, humiliated and embarrassed them.

"Today is the day that Bob Filner begins to pay his debt to the citizens of San Diego," she said.

Filner sold himself to voters as a champion of civil rights, she said, but his behavior revealed a "very different person."

"Only time will tell if Filner is the changed man he claims to be," she said.

Filner, who is divorced, was convicted of felony false imprisonment for restraining a woman against her will at a fund-raiser on March 6 and applying additional force when she resisted. His attorney, Jerry Coughlan, has said it was a headlock.

The misdemeanor counts of battery were for kissing a woman on the lips without permission at a "Meet the Mayor" event on April 6 and grabbing another woman's buttocks at a May 25 rally to clean up Fiesta Island in Mission Bay. None of the victims have been identified.

Nearly 20 women have publicly identified themselves as targets of Filner's unwanted advances, including kissing, groping and requests for dates. His accusers include a retired Navy rear admiral, a San Diego State University dean and a great-grandmother who volunteers answering senior citizens' questions at City Hall.

The charges do not involve Filner's former communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson, who expedited the mayor's downfall by becoming the first to go public with sexual harassment allegations in July. She has filed a lawsuit against Filner and the city, claiming her boss asked her to work without panties, demanded kisses, told her he wanted to see her naked and dragged her in a headlock while whispering in her ear.

Gloria Allred, McCormack Jackson's attorney, said outside court that Filner was "one lucky man" for being spared jail time.

"Mr. Filner, count your blessings. Your freedom is a gift which you do not deserve," she said.

McCormack Jackson did not speak.

Filner disappeared from public view after leaving office Aug. 30, less than nine months into a four-year term. He said little when he resurfaced six weeks later to plead guilty in San Diego Superior Court, but his attorney told reporters then that the former mayor "profusely apologizes" for his behavior.

The former mayor devoted himself to jogging, getting therapy and talking to friends after leaving office, his attorney said in October. Television news crews hoping for a glimpse of Filner were disappointed when he showed up at jail a day earlier than expected for booking.

Filner was elected San Diego's first Democratic mayor in 20 years, promising to put neglected neighborhoods ahead of entrenched downtown business interests. Two city councilmen seeking to replace him in a special election runoff — Republican Kevin Faulconer and Democrat David Alvarez — have embraced Filner's neighborhoods-first mantra while scarcely mentioning the former mayor by name.

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Mmikey | December 9, 2013 at 7:32 a.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

Will he find some way to weasel out of the conditions of his sentence ?

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CaliforniaDefender | December 9, 2013 at 12:58 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

A pretty light slap on the wrist for a felon, but next comes all the civil suits which will likely be much worse for Filner.

But the biggest loser isn't Filner. It is the San Diego Democratic Party and unions. Their reputation is now in the toilet and I'm not sure if voters will trust them again for a while. Especially not in the next mayoral election.

Who knows if Alvarez is just another Filner.

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philosopher3000 | December 9, 2013 at 2:46 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

I wonder what kind of LEADER would admit he did something wrong and apologize contritely without any hard evidence against him? No video, no recordings, just hearsay and speculation. Of the hundreds of women Filner allegedly raped how come none of them ever came forward until after he was the Strong Mayor of San Diego?

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 9, 2013 at 11:09 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

What Filner did was wrong, but this seems a bit overboard to me.

Putting someone in an unwanted playful headlock is creepy indeed, but a felony that could place one in prison for 3 years?


Just more examples of how our laws are overboard and extreme.

Bu the way, Gloria Allred is a media hungry nut job.

KPBS is actually being kind by leaving out her most outrageous statements from the day.

According to the Los Angeles Times Allred is quoted as saying Filner should be designated a sexual predator and forced to register as a sex offender.

Maybe they should start a public registry for predatory lawyers and force Ms. Allred to register.

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 9, 2013 at 11:11 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

"Who knows if Alvarez is just another Filner"

Ummm, what exactly are you basing this on?

You could say the same exact thing about Faulconer.

You could say the same thing about anyone.

But absent any tangible proof of anything, you shouldn't.

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JeanMarc | December 10, 2013 at 9:04 a.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

Justice served!

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JeanMarc | December 10, 2013 at 9:11 a.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

Peking_Duck_SD how would you feel if your wife or daughter went to work and were subject to a man putting them in a headlock and licking their face, grabbing their buttocks or breasts, or telling them not to wear certain items of clothing to work?

You think it is outdated to expect a woman to go to work without being molested or her boss making crude sexual remarks to her? I am really surprised at your position on this issue.

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Missionaccomplished | December 10, 2013 at 9:25 a.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

"Lock him up and throw away the key!" -- Officer Arevalos

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Missionaccomplished | December 10, 2013 at 9:27 a.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

@Quackster, I think CA Offender fears a Mexican-American mayor more than anything else, so he resorts to something way off base. What else is new?

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 10, 2013 at 12:16 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

JeanMarc, how would you like it if your son or brother was at a party where people were drinking and having a good time and he got mixed messages from a girl and put her in a headlock - not a violent headlock but playful, and for that ends up being a convicted felon facing several years in prison?

Again, not defending Filner's behavior but come on, when felonies are handed out like candy they lose their purpose of being considered the worst of the worst crimes.

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CaliforniaDefender | December 10, 2013 at 1:24 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago


You're completely wrong, as usual.

Injecting race into every single discussion shows you are empty. Completely devoid of any meaningful arguments and the race card is all you have left to play. Over and over and over...

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CaliforniaDefender | December 10, 2013 at 1:38 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago


I'm simply posing a question that is on the mind of many San Diegans.

It is based on the Democratic Party's bait and switch marketing that is clearly visible from local to national politics. Filner magnified the problem locally and there is now a general distrust of the Democratic Party in San Diego.

I think voters, particularly moderates, will view Alvarez as questionable or even untrustworthy. This will likely plague all Democratic candidates until Filner has faded from public memory.

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 10, 2013 at 3:01 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

CADefender, I'm still not entirely clear the point you are making.

Because Filner was a Democrat and Alvarez is also a Democrat, Alvarez is somehow more likely to do something like Filner did?

That makes no sense.

The crack smoking hot mess Mayor up in Toronto is a Republican. Does that mean I can say Faulconer is more likely to smoke crack?

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JeanMarc | December 10, 2013 at 4:06 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

I did not realize Filner was drunk, at a party full of drunk people when he decided to molest and harass women. Oh, wait, he wasn't. He was in a government building holding a public office. Not a very good comparison. Also, the headlock was the least of the offenses he committed.

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CaliforniaDefender | December 10, 2013 at 5:26 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago


No, I'm not saying because he is a Democrat. There were other Democrats in the race and I didn't have the same concern about them.

I'm linking Filner's endorsement by the SD Democratic Party Central Committee to Alvarez's endorsement by the same committee. Same people, same endorsement, same concern, and potentially same result as Filner.

Also, the Republican Party now has a Canadian wing? Or did Obama annex Toronto last night? Rob Ford is a member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, not the US Republican Party. Seriously Duck, get it together.

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 10, 2013 at 10:09 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

Where did the headlock situation take place?

A lot of these accusations were at social gatherings and some were at work.

But regardless, I never knew a non violent headlock constitutes a felony.

If it was so serious why didn't she call police when it happened.

The law doesn't specify you have to be in government or at work, so the scenario I gave could be charged under this law.

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 10, 2013 at 10:13 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

Rob Ford has said he would be a Republican if he lived here.

He has interjected himself into American Republican politics, for example he has come out against the affordable care act.

But you are missing the point - how many Republicans have been supported by the Republican Party who turned out to be involved in sex scandals, CADefender ??

Chris Lee Republican New York congressman, married with a child, resigned after confessing to craigslists posts seeking women, in which he claimed to be divorced.

Randy Hopper, Wisconsin Republican state Senator, while claiming to still live with his wife, was actually living outside the district he represents with a much younger 25-year-old mistress. In early 2011, the mistress was hired by a conservative lobbyist firm and given a state employee's job at rate of pay much higher than the previous person doing the job.

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 10, 2013 at 10:16 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

Mark Souder Republican Congressman, made video preaching abstinence alongside the married woman he was having an adulterous affair with.

NRCC (National Republican Congressional Committee) uses a strip club named Forty Deuce in Las Vegas for fundraiser gatherings with Pete Sessions in attendance. He claims there was no nudity involved? In Feb. 2009, Tao, another Las Vegas club of questionable family values and clothing requirements, was used.

RNC uses party funds to pay rich, young Republican donors to attend a Hollywood night club specializing in lesbians, bondage, and S&M.Washington Post March 30, 2010 Michael Steele appears to have authorized it at least indirectly as part of his "off the hook" PR campaign. A Young Republican who knew Steele personally named Erik Brown was involved.

Roy Ashburn, the conservative Republican California state senator, who was arrested in March of 2010 for drunk driving after reportedly leaving a gay bar, has acknowledged that he is gay. Ashburn, a divorced father of four, has repeatedly voted in opposition to gay rights, and in 2005 hosted a rally in favor of "traditional marriage." He has voted against expanding anti-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation, recognizing out-of-state gay marriages and establishing a day honoring gay lawmaker Harvey Milk.

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 10, 2013 at 10:18 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

Mike Duvall, a Republican politician and a former member of the California State Assembly, resigned after his sex comments were broadcast in Sept. 2009. In the video, the married family-values crusader from Yorba Linda talks in graphic detail about women he said he slept with -- at least one of whom appeared to be a lobbyist with business before the utilities committee on which Duvall sat as vice chairman.

Paul Stanley, Republican former member of the Tennessee Sen., resigned from the state Senate effective Aug. 10, after his affair with a 22-year-old intern and a subsequent extortion attempt was revealed to the public.

Mark Sanford, governor of South Carolina, disappears during Father's Day weekend, returning to confess an extramarital affair in Argentina.

John Ensign, Senator from Nevada, refuses to resign after confessing to an extramarital affair with a married staffer, claiming she was trying to extort him. Later, it was learned he was attempting to pay her and her husband off through his parents and finding them jobs.

Alan David Berlin, He is an aide for Republican Senator Jane Orie of Pennsylvania. He is also a furry who contacted a fifteen year old boy over the internet, and offered to "yiff" the boy in a panda outfit, while his parents weren't home. The parents discovered the graphic emails on the boy's computer and called the attorney general's child predator unit sometime in May. Police raided his home and discovered various furry outfits such as a wolf costume, as well as a cat outfit; all complete with two holes cut out at the undersides of the costumes. He is now arraigned in Dauphin County jail on a $250,000 bail.

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 10, 2013 at 10:20 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

Bruce Barclay, former Cumberland County commissioner, videotaped hundreds of sexual encounters — many with male escorts — using cameras hidden throughout his Monroe Township home.

Matthew Joseph Elliott, former aide to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, was convicted of sexual exploitation of a child.

Vito Fossella, the only Republican member of Congress from New York City, admitted to police to having a child out-of-wedlock when stopped for drunk driving.

Robert McKee, Republican delegate from Western Maryland, announced his resignation after authorities seized two computers, videotapes and printed materials from his Hagerstown home in a child pornography investigation. McKee also resigned his position as executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County.

Daniel Dean Thompson, 31, a Utah retailer of "family-friendly" tapes and DVDs (Hollywood films with the "dirty parts" removed), arrested and booked into the Utah County jail on charges of sexual abuse and unlawful sexual activity with a 14-year-old.

Derek Walker, former Eagle Scout and candidate seeking the GOP nomination in a race for north-central Pennsylvania district, was charged with felony burglary and criminal trespass stemming from an encounter last year with an ex-girlfriend, during which he allegedly broke into her home and used his cell phone to videotape her engaged in an intimate moment with another man.

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 10, 2013 at 10:28 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

Robert "Bob" Allen, Florida state Rep. arrested in the afternoon at a Veteran's Memorial Park for solicitation of prostitution from an undercover male officer inside a restroom. According to the papers, Bob "offer[ed] to perform oral sex for $20". Bob later claimed that his offer had something to do with his being afraid of black people.

John David Roy Atchison, Republican prosecutor, was arrested for soliciting sex from a 5-year old girl, then killed himself three weeks later. At the time of his arrest, Atchison was an "assistant U.S. attorney" appointed by President Bush's attorney general.

E. Ozwald Balfour, chairman of the Utah Republican Black Assembly and elected to the Republican State Central Committee in 2007, even though he was awaiting trial on four felony counts of forcible sex abuse dating back to his arrest in February, 2005.

John Bryan, Republican city councilman, killed himself after police began investigating allegations that he had molested three girls, including two of his adopted daughters, ages 12 and 15.

Larry Craig, Republican Senator for Idaho, was arrested on July 11, 2007, by plainclothes police officer investigating complaints of lewd behavior in a Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport airport men's room. On August 8 in Hennepin County Municipal Court in Bloomington, Minnesota, Craig entered a guilty plea and paid a $500 fine.

On September 1st, Craig subsequently announced his retirement from the Senate
Five days later, Craig changed his mind, renounced his retirement and began a battle to have his guilty plea overturned. Craig supported the Federal Marriage Amendment, which barred extension of rights to same-sex couples; he voted for cloture on the amendment in both 2004 and 2006, and was a cosponsor in 2008. However, in late 2006 he appeared to endorse the right of individual states to create same-sex civil unions, but said he would vote "yes" on an Idaho constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages when pressured to clarify his position by the anti-gay rights advocacy group Families for a Better Idaho. Craig voted against cloture in 2002, which would have extended the federal definition of hate crimes to cover sexual orientation.

John R. Curtin, Monroe County state Republican committeeman, was convicted of molesting an underage teenage boy and sentenced to serve six to 18 months in prison.

Richard Curtis, Washington State Rep., resigned from the House after reports of his sexual encounter with a male escort became public? Curtis has an anti-gay rights voting record. He voted against domestic partnerships for gays and opposed a bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Donald Fleischman, Brown County, WI, Republican Party Chairman, resigned his post after he was charged with two counts of child enticement, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a child and a single charge of exposing himself to a child.

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 10, 2013 at 10:31 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

Larry Dale Floyd, Republican Constable in Denton County, Texas Precinct Two. Arrested for allegedly crossing state lines to have sex with an 8-year old child and was charged with 7 related offenses. Age 62 at time of arrest.

Ted Klaudt, former South Dakota State Rep., found guilty of four counts of second-degree rape of two teenage foster daughters.

Ronald C. Kline, Republican Judge in Orange County, CA, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography on his home computer after six years of legal wrangling. In 2002, charged with child molestation and under house arrest on federal charges of possessing child pornography, political analysts still gave him a 50-50 chance of winning the March 5 primary for the Orange County Superior Court seat. He lost the election to a write-in candidate.

Joseph M. McDade, 75, was issued a summons on a charge of exposure of sexual organs, a misdemeanor that carries up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. The longtime Pennsylvania Republican congressman who served for 36 years in the House and now works for a Washington lobbying firm, has been accused of exposing his private parts to two women at a beach resort on Sanibel Island.

Patrick Lee McGuire, former former Flagler County Commissioner, surrendered to police after allegedly molesting girls between the ages of 8 and 13.

Jon Matthews, Republican talk show host in Houston, was indicted for indecency with a child, including exposing his genitals to a girl under the age of 17.

Joseph Monteleone Jr., Elyria city councilman, was found guilty of fondling underage girls and asking them to have sex with him.

Glenn Murphy Jr., chairman of the Clark County Republican Party and president of the Young Republican National Federation, resigned both posts, after the Clark County Sheriff’s Department began investigating Murphy for alleged criminal deviate conduct. A 22-year-old man claimed that Murphy performed an unwanted sex act on him while the man slept in a relative’s Jeffersonville home. During the investigation, a similar accusation from 1998 came to light.

Armando Tebano, Schenectady County Republican Chairman, pleaded guilty to fondling a 14-year-old girl.

David Vitter, junior Senator from Louisiana, became one of the few high-profile politicians to be implicated as a client of "D.C. Madam" Deborah Jeane Palfrey.

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 10, 2013 at 10:33 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

Steve Aiken, campaign manager for a Republican candidate for Congress in Arizona, former Quakertown, PA, police officer and self-proclaimed reverend, was convicted of having sex with two underage girls.

Louis Beres, chairman of the Christian Coalition of Oregon. 3 of his family members accuse him of molesting them when they were pre-teens. In August 06, Beres confessed.

Howard L. Brooks, Republican legislative aide and adviser to a California assemblyman, was charged with molesting a 12-year old boy and possession of child pornography. [62]
Randall Casseday, Washington Times newspaper executive, pleaded guilty to soliciting sex from a 13-year old girl on the internet.

Larry Corrigan, Republican operative and Director of Operations and Budget at King County Prosecutor's Office, OR, was arrested for soliciting sex from 13-year old girls.[64]
Carey Lee Cramer Political consultant and anti-Kerry ad producer, tried for molesting two young girls, one of whom lived with him, and was 8 yrs old; the other starred in an anti-Kerry commercial.

Mark Foley, Republican Representative, Florida Sixteenth Congressional District. Resigned after trying to solicit sex from male congressional pages via an instant messenger program. The conversations included his asking a sixteen-year-old "stud" whether his penis was erect and requesting that he take out and measure his penis. The cover-up involved Republican House Majority Leader John Boehner, Ohio Eighth Congressional District and Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert, Illinois Fourteenth District.

Jim Gibbons, then US Rep. and Republican candidate for governor, was accused by a Las Vegas casino cocktail waitress of grabbing her, shoving her against a wall and threatening her after she rebuffed his advances. Since elected Governor, Gibbons is under investigation by the FBI on corruption charges and is embroiled in what looks set to become a very messy divorce.

Ted Haggard, was fired as pastor of the New Life Church and resigned from his position as president of the National Association of Evangelicals in November 2006 after a former male prostitute alleged they had a cash-for-sex relationship. The man also said he saw Haggard use methamphetamine. Haggard confessed to undisclosed “sexual immorality” and said he bought meth but didn’t use it. After the scandal was publicized, Haggard entered three weeks of intensive counseling, overseen by four ministers. In Feb 2007, one of those ministers, Tim Ralph, said that Haggard "is completely heterosexual." As of early 2009, Haggard continues to receive counseling, and now he says that he is a “heterosexual with issues”.

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 10, 2013 at 10:34 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

Don Haidl, Assistant Sheriff of Orange Country, in violation of California's rape shield law, led a smear campaign against the child his son poisoned and then violently gang-raped on videotape, adding up to 24 felony counts. He said that his son "acted accordingly" because the child was a "slut".

Jeffrey Ray Nielsen, Christian conservative activist and lawyer with close ties to Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Scott Baugh, head of the Orange County Republican Party, was arrested for having sex with a 14-year old boy.

Jeffrey Patti, local Republican Committee chairman from Sparta, NJ, was arrested for distributing what experts call "some of the most offensive material in the child pornography world" - a video clip of a 5-year-old girl being raped.

Brent Schepp, Republican County Board Candidate was charged with molesting a 14-year old girl and killed himself three days later.

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 10, 2013 at 10:39 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

John Gosek Republican Mayor of Oswego, N.Y.was arrested after paying a confidential informant $250 to introduce him to two 15-year-old girls at a hotel.

Dr. W. David Hager Bush appointee, member of Focus on the Family's Physician Resource Council, player in movement to ban the morning-after-pill. Had an adulterous affair, before divorcing his wife he sexually abused her, including sodomizing her in her sleep.

Russell Harding, president of the New York City Housing Development Corp. under then-mayor Rudolph Giuliani, pleaded guilty to stealing more than $400,000 for his personal use and possessing child pornography.

Neal Horsley has called for the arrest of all homosexuals. During an interview with Alan Colmes on the Fox News Radio's The Alan Colmes Show, he admitted to having engaged in sex with a mule at age 11. "When you grow up on a farm in Georgia, your first girlfriend is a mule," he said. He then credited Jesus with forgiving and cleansing him of his "sin."
Horsley put photographs on his Web site of naked men engaging in homosexual acts and a nude woman engaging in bestiality amid shots of grotesquely maimed fetuses.

Jeff Miller, (R-Cleveland), Senate Republican Caucus Chairman in Tennessee and the sponsor of Tennessee’s Marriage Protection act, getting divorced (as of April 2005) because of an affair he was having with an office aid. Miller described the Tennessee Marriage Protection Act as a means of preserving the sanctity of marriage. He opposed an amendment, however, which stated that “Adultery is deemed to be a threat to the institution of marriage and contrary to public policy in Tennessee.”

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 10, 2013 at 10:42 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

Jeffrey Kyle Randall, Republican Mayor of Clarkfield, Minnesota, was sentenced to 275 days in jail for molesting two boys--ages ten and 12--during a six-year period.

Jean Schmidt, OH-2, though not herself implicated, employed a campaign manager (Joe Braun) in her 2005 election who once wrote an article condemning gay men for running sex ad profiles, and who was then accused of running his own sex profile on Collarme, an S&M sex site. The profile called for "submissives" to wear only a collar and handcuffs and to have hot wax dripped on them.

Mark Seidensticker, Republican campaign worker, is a convicted child molester.[85]
Don Sherwood, Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Eventually admitted to an affair with a woman 30 years younger than him, after she accused him of physical abuse and attempting to choke her.

Fred C. Smeltzer, Jr., Republican City Councilman, pleaded no contest to raping a 15 year-old girl and served 6-months in prison.

Jim Stelling, Seminole County Republican Party chairman who believes in "family values", as he told a judge. Filed a defamation lawsuit against Nancy Goettman, a former county GOP executive committee member, for falsely claiming he had been married six times. Stelling has been married 5 times.

Bobby Stumbo, former Floyd County, KY, Republican Party leader, was arrested for having sex with a 5-year old boy.

Jim West, Spokane Mayor. Supported a bill, which failed, would have barred gays and lesbians from working in schools, day-care centers and some state agencies. Voted to bar the state from distributing pamphlets telling people how to protect themselves from AIDS. Proposed that “any touching of the sexual or other intimate parts of a person” among teens be criminalized. Had a sexual affair with an 18 year old boy.

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 10, 2013 at 10:44 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

Edison Misla Aldarondo, Republican former speaker of Puerto Rico's house of representatives, was sentenced to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of intoxicating his stepdaughter and her 17-year-old friend and attempting to rape the friend.

Paul Crouch Televangelist, Former President of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). Paid $425,000 in hush money in an attempt to cover up a gay affair.

Richard A. Dasen Sr., Republican benefactor of conservative Christian groups, convicted of sexual abuse of children, promotion of prostitution and several counts of solicitation, enough to add up to a sentence of 126 years in prison. Investigators estimated that he spent at least $5 million.

Peter Dibble, Republican legislator pleaded no contest to having an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old girl.

Jeff Gannon, partisan blogger with no journalism credentials and a fake name who got invited to Bush's Press conferences. Is also a pimp and a gay prostitute.

Mike Hintz, a First Assembly of God youth pastor, introduced by Bush on the campaign trail, and promoted his policies. Says he supports Bush's values. Two months later, this married father of four turned himself into police, charged with the sexual exploitation of a child.

Also signed an ad (that called for criminally prosecuting business that sell porn), along with another pastor who was repeatedly busted for public masturbation.

Mark Pazuhanich, Republican judge, pleaded no contest to fondling his 10-year old daughter and was sentenced to 10 years probation.

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 10, 2013 at 10:51 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago


What's the point of all this ??

Well CADefender is making the claim that because the Democratic Party endorsed Filner we can never trust anyone they endorse ever again.

How many Republicans listed above (which is, believe it or not, just a sample of the vast Republican sex scandals) were supported or endorsed by their party?

How many should the party have "known" beforehand that they were people with problems ?

This idea that the Democratic Party can not be trusted because they endorsed someone who turned-out to be bad is fooey.

BOTH parties have endorsed thousands of candidates over the years, and both parties have been unpleasantly surprised by some who manage to slip through.

Blaming only one party for this is intellectually dishonest !!

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Missionaccomplished | December 11, 2013 at 10:59 a.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

lol OFFENDER! Then if it is not his ethnicity, it is simply because Alvarez happens to be a Democrat??? Why don't you say the same about Falcon? You're just as partisan as those you so smugly criticize.

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CaliforniaDefender | December 11, 2013 at 3:31 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago


And the list of terrible Democrats is just as long. Both parties are rotten to the core and I have consistently said that.

Your assertion that Filner "turned-out to be bad" is false. Concerns were raised about him well before he was nominated as his abuse and corruption covered his two decades in Congress. Do you think the Democratic Party was oblivious to that? They knew and didn't care. Winning is far more important than anything else.

These awful politicians don't just "slip through" as you put it. They are thoroughly vetted and a calculated decision is made, especially in high profile races like mayor.

You seem to have an idyllic view of our politicians, Duck. I wish I could buy into that fantasy, I really do. They may exist in small backwoods town councils where everybody knows everybody, but not in a big city like San Diego and certainly not in Washington DC.

We must vote for the lesser evil and Democrats were caught being the greater evil. You can't deny that will damage them in the next election.

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JeanMarc | December 11, 2013 at 3:32 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

To tell you the truth I don't care about his sexual harassment I just am glad we got a democrat out of office.

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 12, 2013 at 12:08 a.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

"Do you think the Democratic Party was oblivious to that? They knew and didn't care. Winning is far more important than anything else."

And you think the Republican Party had no fore-warnings for any of the above mentioned people ?

That's my whole point.

You claim to be against both parties but you are supporting Faulconer who has been hand - selected by the Republican Bosses of the GOP.

You are trying to tie Alvarez to a scandal he had no part of.

In fact, FAULCONER is far closer to the Filner scandal than Alvarez is.

He is on the council and was part of the agreement reached to pay for Filner's legal costs.

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 12, 2013 at 9:42 a.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

CADefender, if you think for one minute the Republican Party hasn't supported dirty politicians that they have been "warned about" because winning is the most important thing to them, then it don't know what to say.

All the local Republican elite have already put their money, their support, and their entire political machine into Faulconer because they are desperate to keep at least one major U.S. city with a Republican mayor.

If Faulconer was to do something dirty right now and the Republican Bosses thought they could effectively cover it up, THEY WOULD.

All the unwarranted skepticism you are placing on Alvarez could be placed on ANYONE in politics.

You really think your boy Faulconer is squeaky-clean and the exception to the rule in politics??

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JeanMarc | December 12, 2013 at 10:49 a.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

I am sorry Peking but maybe I ask who you are talking to? It seems like you are just posting over and over, to no one...

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CaliforniaDefender | December 12, 2013 at 4:36 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago


Time and time again I state my opposition to both parties who I view as the exact same two-headed monster. But Duck quacks on because Duck is a dyed-in-the-feather Democrat.

Duck, don't get me wrong, I like you. In fact we agree on a lot of things and you are a tough debate opponent when we don't. But you're on the wrong road here. Dump the Dems. They're no good for you! Or anyone for that matter. Same for Repubs.

PS - Alvarez voted to pay for Filner's legal costs too. Did you really not know he's been on the City Council since 2010?

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 12, 2013 at 8:27 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

My mistake you are correct Alvarez is on the council to.

JM, the post right above the one you responded to began, "CADefender, .."

That might be a *hint* as to who I was replying to :-)

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SDMallSecPro | December 12, 2013 at 10:50 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

Sure glad Filners gone! But our work is never done!

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JeanMarc | December 13, 2013 at 8:43 a.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

I hope Ron Paul becomes the next mayor of San Diego.

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CaliforniaDefender | December 13, 2013 at 4:58 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

I'll second that!

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Missionaccomplished | December 16, 2013 at 1:29 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

Yeah, right! LOL

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JeanMarc | December 16, 2013 at 2:28 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

I didn't know that the desire to not have our country overrun with and destroyed by illegal immigrants was racist.

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