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Roundtable: Filner In Trouble, Says He Needs Help

KPBS Roundtable

Roundtable: Under Fire, Filner Says He Needs Help

Aired 7/12/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

HOST

Mark Sauer

GUESTS

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?

Comments

Avatar for user 'HarryStreet'

HarryStreet | July 13, 2013 at 1:50 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

All good questions Bob Filner will undoubtedly be asked in the coming days. However, until the accusers, or alleged victims (nothing has been proven yet), come forward with credible evidence, Bob Filner will be innocent until proven guilty. At least in the eyes of the law. The public has obviously made up their mind.

I admit with so many calling on Filner to resign things do not look good for him. It appears his lack of people skills, team-building skills, communication skills, and leadership have caught up with him. I find it interesting how people are now questioning those close to him for not coming forward sooner about Filner's alleged harassment. I, on the other hand, know why.

No one has yet come forward with a credible complaint. Everything is hearsay. Who are the accused? What are they afraid of? How do they believe they can be retaliated against? How do they believe they were sexually harassed? Did they report this before? If not, why not?

I don't want to appear cynical. I actually believe he's guilty. When so many people line up against you for an issue such as this, the chances are Filner is guilty. However, due process must take its course.

Can a 70 year old change? All of us can change, but at this stage in Filner's life it isn't likely. He'll have to fight these accusations or risk having his political legacy tarnished as a convicted sex offender.

How many women were harassed? None yet! None have come forward.

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