Roundtable: Filner In Trouble, Says He Needs Help
Friday, July 12, 2013
Aired 7/12/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Amita Sharma, KPBS News
David Rolland, Editor, San Diego CityBeat
Carl Luna, Political Scientist, San Diego Mesa College
A week after the Fourth of July, the bombs are still bursting over city hall.
On Monday, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's fiancee, Bronwyn Ingram, announced the end of their engagement, giving no reason.
On Wednesday, KPBS broke the story that three long-time allies of the mayor had each given him a letter asking for his resignation because of multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
On Thursday morning, the three — former San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye and attorneys Marco Gonzalez and Cory Briggs — held a press conference to reiterate their call for Filner's resignation.
On Thursday afternoon, the mayor apologized acknowledged via video statement that he had done wrong, said he was seeking help and asked for a chance to change.
While we await what will surely be further developments, there are many more questions than answers. Here are a few:
If Filner doesn't resign, can he recover?
If he does resign, who steps in?
If there's an interim mayor, when must an election be scheduled?
How many women were allegedly harassed?
Can a 70-year-old leopard change its spots?
Is the Mayor aware of what decade we live in?