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Rally Called First Step In Recall Of Mayor Bob Filner

Above: A supporter at the Recall Bob Filner rally.

About 100 people gathered in downtown San Diego's Civic Center Plaza for a rally they said was the first step in the process to recall Mayor Bob Filner.

Land use consultant Michael Pallamary is leading the effort. He said he was laying plans for a recall before allegations of sexual harassment were made against the mayor.

The granddaughter of Michael Pallamary, the organizer of the effort to recall Mayor Bob Filner, at the start of the recall rally.

KFMB radio host Mike Slater kicked off the rally, saying America is the greatest country in the world and San Diego is America's finest city.

"Welcome to step one of our effort to recall Mayor Bob Filner," he said to cheers, along with some jeers from Filner supporters who were also in the crowd.

Slater said the mayor is "not lustful for women, but lustful for power," which means Filner will never resign his seat willingly. He said while the mayor deserves due process, that does not mean he should continue on as mayor of San Diego.

Filner "needs to repent," Slater said, and to work through how he treats women.

"That is a long process," Slater said. "During that process, Bob, you can not be our mayor."

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"Yes he can! That's not true!" some in the crowd shouted in retort.

Pallamary was introduced by his 10-year-old granddaughter, who held an American flag at the start of the rally. He said he had wanted to recall Filner for months over what he called the mismanagement and dysfunction the mayor brought to San Diego.

The rally was not the beginning of the recall signature gathering, Pallamary said. Supporters must gather 103,010 signatures in 39 days to hold a recall vote. That 39-day countdown clock does not start until a notice to recall is filed with the City Clerk.

Elisa Brent, who introduced herself as a housewife, said she was collecting volunteers to gather recall signatures on the website

Pallamary, a registered Republican, said he's hoping to use volunteers instead of an outside group to collect signatures. Money he does have to spend will be funded by small donations, he said.

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Fess13 | July 20, 2013 at 9:50 a.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

I could find this crowd's outrage against Filner more plausible if they weren't the very same Republicans who actively campaigned for DeMaio (R) and against Filner (D) in the last election (see signs). I believe that the fact that Filner appears to be a sexist pig is a secondary issue to his holding office with that (D) after his name for this particular group.

If Filner is forced to resign, there will be a special election (thank you, Wikipedia). The (D)'s can find someone more fit for the job and the (R)'s will need to decide whether to go with DeMaio again or try someone else. I can only wish that a group like this could actually be so worked up about a politician who displays such disregard for women as people vs. the fact that he is the wrong flavor.

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Peking_Duck_SD | July 20, 2013 at 10:17 a.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Those signs look like they were made by 4th graders.

Republicans were better off keeping their mouths shut and watching Filner go down.

This type of sophomoric tea party rally only helps Filner.

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HarryStreet | July 20, 2013 at 11:31 a.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Unlike scandals plaguing other politicians, Bob Filner is faced with the fact his closest friends and allies in his own party want him to step down. They support the 'alleged victims' who have yet to present their case and file former charges. Things don't look good for Filner, and all this done without the GOP getting involved.

A lot of us are wondering why people so close to Bob Filner are choosing to come forward with hearsay. Donna Frye, Todd Gloria, Lorena Gonzalez and many others have known him for years. Are we to believe they only now learned of these accusations and poor behavior on Filner's part? The more they scream for Filner to resign the more this appears to be a witchhunt.

If there is credible evidence against Bob Filner for sexual harassment, file charges and follow due process. Yes, it's a longer haul than if Bob Filner would simply resign. Thing is, no one would do that. Not even you or I in similar circumstances. If Filner resigned it would be seen as an admission of guilt versus his inability to lead our city, and he clearly cannot lead our city after all this bru ha ha.

It should still be a little unnerving for all of us to see how, thus far, hearsay and baseless accusations can bring down a person, any person, however much he or she is disliked. If due process can be circumvented for Filner, the same can and will be done to each of us.

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Peking_Duck_SD | July 20, 2013 at 11:45 a.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

Last week I thought the press reported Gonzalez was going to be filing a charge.

Was one filed?

If not, why?

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DonWood | July 20, 2013 at 2:47 p.m. ― 3 years, 8 months ago

So the UT and Carl DeMaio crowd showed up to complain about the mayor. What's new? Notice the Carl DeMaio for mayor signs they were carrying? The big question is whether or not Pallamary will be able to find any big money contributors to fund his political campaign to recall the mayor. And who will those contributors be? Follow the money.

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