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Feinstein Calls On Filner To Resign

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a fellow Democrat, said on national TV today that Bob Filner needs to step down now as mayor for the good of San Diego.

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Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

He lacks the "moral compass" to provide leadership, Feinstein said.

Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," the veteran California senator told reporter Candy Crowley that because of numerous allegations of sexual harassment, Filner needs to go.

"I think he should. I think he should. Of all people, Bob Filner knows what public life is like," Feinstein said. "He served time in the House. Being the mayor of a big city, you're a role model for people. You're either inspirational to people or you aren't."

"It's a very tough job, and I don't think that somebody who is lacking a moral compass really sets a role model or really will provide the kind of leadership that San Diegans want," Feinstein added. "This is up to them. This kind of absence of a moral compass is subject to recall. I suspect there will be recalls, and the people will judge."

Meanwhile, Filner's promise to get therapy has left his accusers unimpressed.

Four high-profile women, who came forward this week with allegations that Filner improperly touched and kissed them, said in a joint statement today they still believe he should resign.

Retired Rear Admiral Ronne Froman, San Diego State University Dean Joyce Gattas, business woman Patti Roscoe and Sharon Bernie-Cloward --head of the Port Tenants Association -- said despite the mayor's words and demeanor, they believe he must leave the city "to heal from his destructive behavior and abuse of power."

"To think that two weeks of therapy will overcome years of predatory conduct is delusional." the women said in the statement. "It is past time for him to stop thinking about Bob Filner and start thinking about what is best for San Diego. We stand behind our call for him to resign."

They and Feinstein join a growing chorus of political voices -- many of them members of Filner's own Democratic Party -- who say he needs to step down now. That includes San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria, Sen. Barbara Boxer, Rep. Susan Davis and Rep Scott Peters.

Filner said in a statement on Friday that he apologizes for intimidating and berating women, that his behavior has been "inexcusable and indefensible" and that after he emerges from a two-week stint in counseling he hopes to be a better person and better mayor.

The counseling program, during which Filner will continue to get daily briefings on city business, is to commence on Aug. 5.


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muckapoo1 | July 28, 2013 at 9:32 a.m. ― 3 years ago

Recall him and then run him out of town before he creates more embarrassment for this fine city. He has become a national news clown. A real CNN Bozo.

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Thepoliticalunbiased | July 28, 2013 at 10:44 a.m. ― 3 years ago

I Think if anoyone should resign it out of be Feinstain. She has done more harm to california than filner has done to his own image. Atleast he cares about the walfare of his city allegations mean nothing without factual prove why did they wait 4 years to come out the closet on this scandal? i think these women just want to seek their 15 minutes of fame. we need to focus on more important things and not let these trojans distract the mayor from doing his job.

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Thepoliticalunbiased | July 28, 2013 at 10:50 a.m. ― 3 years ago

either feinstein needs to retire or just die i cant stand the hyprocrisy.

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muckapoo1 | July 28, 2013 at 11:32 a.m. ― 3 years ago

How do you distract the media from the clown mayor?? That is the question?? LOL

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theRose | July 28, 2013 at 2:02 p.m. ― 3 years ago

Yaaawn, not to engage the punctuation impaired in discussion, but Feinstein ran California's most important city for 11 years. Filner's run California's fourth most important city for 6 months.

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llk | July 28, 2013 at 2:24 p.m. ― 3 years ago

"I Think if anoyone should resign it out of be Feinstain."

Very impressive opening sentence to your treatise, Thepoliticalunbiased. Did you study at Harvard or Yale?

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MalcolmSanDiego | July 28, 2013 at 8:46 p.m. ― 3 years ago

Thepoliticalunbiased: "Atleast he cares about the walfare of his city allegations mean nothing without factual prove why did they wait 4 years to come out the closet on this scandal?"

Comments like this really make me think. I'm very concerned.

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MarineRoom | July 28, 2013 at 10:54 p.m. ― 3 years ago


Embedded in your stream-of-consciousness post are a couple of good points. However, your lack of punctuation keeps them imprisoned, unable to communicate with the outside world. It wouldn't take but a minute to punctuate your sentences and it would benefit the discussion.

I agree that Filner, whatever his drawbacks, is interested in the welfare of the city of San Diego and has striven to make good on his campaign promises.

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MarineRoom | July 28, 2013 at 11 p.m. ― 3 years ago


Yes, Sen. Feinstein was mayor of San Francisco, but the way she governed was pretty much hand-in-glove with big developers, according to what I always heard when I lived up there. That is not to say it's bad, but that is not what Filner was voted in to do.

I agree with your implied criticism of the suggestion that Feinstein resign instead; that is misdirection at the least, and close to being a non sequitur.

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Mmikey | July 29, 2013 at 8:32 a.m. ― 3 years ago

I would like to see a comparison of wealth between Feinstein and Filner that they amassed while in office that was from their position.

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Missionaccomplished | July 29, 2013 at 9:01 a.m. ― 3 years ago

What IF these four women had been "low-profile"??? Would the UT still care? Would anyone???

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MalcolmSanDiego | July 29, 2013 at 9:16 a.m. ― 3 years ago

To MarineRoom: Even if thepoliticalunbiased was as punctual as you, both of you lack in logic--extremely. And though you call thepoliticalunbiased's rant a "stream-of-consciousness post," it's nothing more than a diversion to the truth that abounds.

Thepoliticalunbiased says MORE than the two points you so graciously extracted for us; he also says the women are seeking 15 mins of fame, we need factual proof (does this imply a Mayor stays unless proven guilty by a jury? If so, this is completely wrong...and illogical), and thepoliticalunbiased says the mayor is distracted by these allegations--but it's the mayor that caused these allegations. Thus, the mayor is the distraction.

Feinstein is not the issue, Filner is. A person as ill-mannered as Filner cannot be interested in anything but himself. A person that acts like Filner is self-centered to the point of being a danger to others.

You call Filner's actions "drawbacks." It's because of these drawbacks the we're going to recall him. These drawbacks are the main issue, not a side issue.

But thanks for translating Thepoliticalunbiased's posts. I, personally, couldn't have figured at his "imprisoned" prose on my own. (By the way, thepoliticalunbiased should work on more than just punctuation like you suggest...MarineRoom, it's sooo much more than just punctuation. Go ahead, reread them.)

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MalcolmSanDiego | July 29, 2013 at 9:27 a.m. ― 3 years ago

MissionNotaccomplished: What IF these four women were your daughters, mother, sisters, niece's, aunts, grandmas? Would the point of the affair finally hit home with you?

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MarineRoom | July 29, 2013 at 9:29 a.m. ― 3 years ago

Hi Malcom:

I read the post more than once and extracted for my reply to TPU the only two points which I thought had some merit.

As to Filner's flaws, it remains to be seen whether or not they are enough to recall him from service.

You and I clearly disagree on the main points at issue. That does not render my thinking illogical. And yes, untangling tortured prose is a challenge, but sometimes fascinating. I appreciate your thanks.

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Tscruggs | July 29, 2013 at 11:35 a.m. ― 3 years ago

This is not to excuse Filner in any way but Feinstein lost all credibility with me when she called Edward Snowden a traitor. It's time for her to go, as well as Filner.

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Peking_Duck_SD | July 29, 2013 at 12:05 p.m. ― 3 years ago

Tscruggd, I agree for the most part with you. I have been a long-time supporter of Feinstein and I still credit her with doing a lot on behalf of the people of California, but I was very disappointed in her nonchalant disregard for civil liberties when the phone data scandal broke.

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CaliforniaDefender | July 29, 2013 at 4:25 p.m. ― 3 years ago

I agree with Tscruggs and Duck.

Time for both to go.

I'm shocked by how many Democrats are able to ignore their core values of civil liberties and gender equality with such ease. Like throwing away a used napkin.

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