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Democratic Chair: If Allegations Are True, Filner Should Resign

Aired 7/19/13 on KPBS News.

The chairwoman of the San Diego County Democratic Party said today that allegations of sexual harassment against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner are grounds for his resignation, if proven to be true.

The chairwoman of the San Diego County Democratic Party said today that allegations of sexual harassment against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner are grounds for his resignation, if proven to be true.

Mayor Bob Filner

The statement released by Francine Busby came after a meeting of the county party's central committee Thursday night, at which attendees were divided as to whether the mayor should step down immediately.

Filner apologized last week but now is calling for an investigation and "due process.''

In the statement, Busby said the discussion at the meeting was "intense, honest, and deeply personal'' but failed to reach a consensus.

"However, I can share some broad areas of agreement among Democratic Party leaders,'' Busby said. "We unequivocally condemn sexual harassment and workplace intimidation. We abhor the actions he is alleged to have taken against women, even as we recognize that all the individuals involved have a legal right to a fair hearing.

"The mayor has betrayed the trust of the people of San Diego,'' Busby said. "These serious charges, if shown to be true, are grounds for immediate resignation. The Democratic Party will continue to monitor this situation and take further steps as warranted.''

Also today, House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, declined to call for the resignation of Filner, who represented San Diego in Congress for 20 years.

Pelosi told reporters that "what goes on in San Diego is up to the people of San Diego.''

The Republican Party of San Diego County put out its own statement that said Democrats failed to protect the women of San Diego who are in danger of being harassed and retaliated against for speaking up.

"As a woman, I am horrified not only at the tales coming out of the mayor's office, but the admissions of leaders in the Democratic Party that they knew about Bob Filner's behavior all along,' county GOP Executive Director Francis Barraza said. "This should not be a partisan issue ... .''

Barraza said Democrats have shown that they care more about preserving political power than standing up for women who have been victimized.

Individual Democrats who have called on Filner to resign include Councilmen David Alvarez and Todd Gloria, members of the local congressional delegation Susan Davis and Scott Peters, local Assemblywomen Toni Atkins and Lorena Gonzalez.

The allegations were originally made public last week by three local Democratic power brokers. Donna Frye, a former councilwoman, and lawyers Cory Briggs and Marco Gonzalez, who is Lorena's brother. All called on the mayor to step down immediately.

Comments

Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | July 19, 2013 at 5:59 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

"The mayor has betrayed the trust of the people of San Diego."

"We abhor the actions he is alleged to have taken against women."

- San Diego Democratic Party Chair

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And that isn't enough to demand his resignation?!?! Wow. Just wow.

Filner said:

"I have failed to fully respect the women who work for me and with me, and that at times I have intimidated them."

Thus the Democratic Party ignores the intimidation of women after Filner's own ADMISSION OF GUILT.

Abuse of women is ok so long as it is done by a Democrat. That's the message.

Democrats should hang their heads in shame.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | July 20, 2013 at 3:03 a.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

Finally a public official who gets it.

Thank you Ms. Busby,

You are the first prominent public official I have seen who is actually handling this matter CORRECTLY.

we have seen d. Frye and the lawyers and their tactics, and they have failed.

The people of this city have no tolerance for sexual harassment, but we also,have no tolerance for bypassing the ight of due process.

Ms. Busby and Ms. Pelosi get it - frye and the local vultures don't. They are turning Filner into a counter-culture hero and don't realize it.

Thank you, Ms. Busby for being a true, honest leader who places fact above hysteria!!

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | July 20, 2013 at 3:09 a.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

"The Republican Party of San Diego County put out its own statement that said Democrats failed to protect the women of San Diego who are in danger of being harassed and retaliated against for speaking up."

Oh come off it, republicans want to turn back the lock to the 50s.

No equal pay for women.

No choice in women's healthcare.

No protections for gender discrimination.

These bozos are really rich trying make this a women's rights issue.

Everyone knows the Republican Party is against equality for women, trying to bend the Filner ordeal into this will only backfire on the party against women's rights,

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Avatar for user 'HarryStreet'

HarryStreet | July 20, 2013 at 11:39 a.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

Barazza is correct! These are TALES about the mayor. Until formal charges are made and the case brought to court for trial and execution, Filner is innocent. Pure and simple.

It unnerves me to see how we expect a person, however disliked, to step down without due process. The same will be asked of all of us eventually. Bob Filner will not resign. He will have to be tried and convicted and forced out. This way he is protected by taxpayer dollars paying for his defense. As for his legacy as mayor, that's over and done with. He won't be able to get anything done, and what little is accomplished will be overshadowed by this scandal.

Todd Gloria, Donna Frye, Lorena Gonzalez and other Democratic Party members calling on Filner to resign will soon have to answer for their years of silence. Do they expect us to believe they are only now learning of Bob Filner's inappropriate treatment of women? Like it or not, you have your own damage control to work on now.

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Avatar for user 'MarineRoom'

MarineRoom | July 20, 2013 at 6:36 p.m. ― 1 year, 5 months ago

I agree with HarryStreet. Tales do not equal evidence.

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