Opponents say San Diego mayor 'unsafe' for women


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SAN DIEGO (AP) — A prominent one-time supporter of San Diego's mayor described how the mayor has repeatedly groped women during his short term, saying no female in California's second-largest city would be safe in his presence.

Despite that, Mayor Bob Filner, 70, made it clear he will not heed the calls for his resignation from former Councilwoman Donna Frye and others within his party, even as they held a news conference to divulge details of allegations they said show a dangerous pattern of abuse by the city's first Democratic leader in two decades.

"I'm not going to resign, and here's why," Filner, a former U.S. congressman, said Monday in a statement. "As your elected mayor, I fully expect to be accountable to the citizens of San Diego for all of my actions. But as a citizen of this country, I also expect — and am entitled to — due process, and the opportunity to respond in a fair and impartial venue to specific allegations. I do not believe I am guilty of sexual harassment, and I believe a full presentation of the facts will vindicate me."

Frye rocked Filner's support base when she went public with the accusations last week during a news conference and asked him to step down. She did not give specifics until Monday when she read statements to the media from two people who said they were constituents, though they were not named.

Both say the mayor — who was engaged at the time — tried to forcibly kiss them during separate encounters.

"We will all fail the women of our city if we ask them to continue to meet with this man," said Frye, who worked briefly for the mayor as his director of open government.

She later added, "Bob Filner is tragically unsafe for any woman to approach."

Filner apologized for his behavior Thursday after Frye first went public with the allegations. The mayor said he failed to respect women who work for him and he intimidated them at times. Without going into details, Filner called his behavior wrong and said he needed help. He pleaded with voters for patience.

Two attorneys accompanying Frye Monday said Filner's inappropriate behavior was so common at City Hall that employees had coined the term "The Filner Dance" to describe how workers dodge his sexual advances. "The Filner Headlock" was used to describe how the mayor would wrap his arm around the neck of a female worker, the attorneys said.

Filner's former fiancee, who ended their engagement early last week just before the allegations became public, gave details about the behavior behind the breakup in a statement on Monday.

"While I had heard rumors that he was engaging in sexual relationships with other women, I was never able to determine their validity," Bronwyn Ingram said in the statement, according to U-T San Diego.

"However, as Bob's behavior continued to become more aggressive, standard decorum seemed to disappear. Bob recently began texting other women sexually explicit messages and setting up dates while in my presence and within my line of vision."

Marco Gonzalez, a former Filner supporter, said he is representing one employee who allegedly had been harassed by the mayor. He said his client has worked for Filner for six months and has known him for years.

A handful of supporters held signs at the news conference outside City Hall that read: "Due process for Mayor Filner." Some yelled at Frye and the attorneys, saying the allegations were hearsay.

Frye read the statements from women she called constituents No. 1 and No. 2.

The first constituent said the mayor asked his staffer to leave the room and then asked her if she was single.

She said she told Filner that he had a beautiful fiancee and that the mayor responded that he wanted to go out with her and kiss her. Filner then grabbed her and kissed her before she was able to push him away and leave the room, according to the statement.

In a statement from constituent No. 2, Filner allegedly made sexual overtures before grabbing her on the street to kiss her.

The victim was "unnerved" by the advance but did not want to be rude and still gave Filner a ride in her car, where he put his hand in her bra and tried to kiss her again, according to the statement.


Bastard coated bastard w/ bastard filling
wow, can't imagine them big yellow choppers coming in on me w/o warning...


I'm Biv Dick Black, the Over Poster.
Four women, including a retired U.S. Navy admiral, publicly identified themselves Thursday as targets of Mayor Bob Filner's unwanted sexual advances, as local Democratic party officials called on him to step down.

The latest accusers spoke with KPBS about inappropriate touching and comments and said they believe Filner is unfit for office and should resign immediately. Filner has said he has no intention to resign

The tally of victims accusing Filner of sexual harassment stood at seven late Thursday.

Meanwhile, the San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee voted 34-6 Thursday night to ask the city's first Democratic mayor in 20 years to leave office.

The vote comes one week after the committee deadlocked 24-24 on the question. The earlier vote came before any woman had publicly identified herself.

The women who came forward Thursday are a retired Navy rear admiral, a dean at San Diego State University, the head of the San Diego Ports Tenants Association and a prominent businesswoman.

Veronica "Ronne" Froman, the retired rear-admiral and the city's chief operating officer under Filner's predecessor, told KPBS that Filner once blocked a doorway after others had left a meeting, ran his finger up her cheek and asked if she had a man in her life.

When she told him she did have a man, named Linden Blue, Filner allegedly replied, "Oh, of the Blues Brothers?"

"And he says, `Maybe we can get together some time and have lunch and he can support me for mayor."'

Froman said the incident happened "a couple years ago" at Filner's congressional office.

Sharon Bernie-Cloward, president of the San Diego Port Tenants Association, said the then-congressman approached at an event in 2010, said she was beautiful and that he wanted to date her after his re-election. At another event last year during the mayoral campaign, she said Filner "groped me on my backside inappropriately."

"I was left there startled and fearful. In fact, I actually had someone walk me to my car that night," she said.

Patti Roscoe, a businesswoman in San Diego's tourism and hospitality industry who has known Filner since before he was elected to Congress in 1992, said Filner placed her in a "headlock" numerous times and tried to kiss her on the lips.

"I'd have to squirm to get away. And just as recently as a few months ago this happened. I turned and he just slobbered down my chin," Roscoe said.

Joyce Gattas, dean of San Diego State's College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts, said she had a series of "interactions with Bob where he's held me too tight, a kiss on the cheek which is inappropriate, hands on the knee that last too long."

"I've experienced his sexual innuendos with me at various events that again, have left me in that strange feeling of `this is inappropriate, this is unwanted and this shouldn't be happening,"' Gattas said.

A spokeswoman for Filner, Lena Lewis, didn't immediately respond to email and phone messages seeking comment.

Filner refused to discuss the allegations when hounded by reporters at public appearances Thursday, before the latest accusers surfaced. He said the claims should be addressed through legal channels.

"Let's take a deep breath, let that process work itself out. Meanwhile, we got a city to run," he said.

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Patti Roscoe, a businesswoman in San Diego's tourism and hospitality industry who has known Filner since before he was elected to Congress in 1992, said Filner placed her in a "headlock" numerous times and tried to kiss her on the lips.

"I'd have to squirm to get away. And just as recently as a few months ago this happened. I turned and he just slobbered down my chin," Roscoe said.
I love this fucking guy. How many days did it take to get that nasty, bad breath slobber smell off her chin?
This is important...
Now, a recall drive has been initiated. This requires some 101,000 signatures. The law here is sketchy -- what happens if someone "files for a petition to recall" but actually doesn't bother seeking the signatures because he's actually an ally of Filner's and doesn't want the recall to happen at all?
Does his fake, political-sabotage "petition for recall" effort blockade legitimate efforts to collect signatures?
It looks like we're confronted with that situation:
Stampp Corbin, a close Filner ally and publisher of the LGBT weekly in San Diego, has filed a recall notice to recall Mayor Filthy Filner. Corbin was the first to mount a recall effort when he published a notice in the San Diego Union Tribune on Friday.
Publishing a notice for a recall starts a 60 day clock for the process...
San Diego Gay and Lesbian News reports:

By triggering the recall process on July 25, and without much fanfare, Corbin appears to be taking time away from organizers to mount a proper campaign. And it calls into question whether another recall effort led by land-use consultant Michael Pallamary, who has given Filner until today, July 29, to resign or face a recall petition, can now go forward.​
Corbin has also stated he will not run a paid campaign with staff to collect signatures. If the effort fails, the recall effort would be set back as the rules dictate that there is a six month waiting period if a petition has failed.
But is there any proof that's his intent? I mean, apart from not bothering to hire staff to collect 101,000+ signatures?
Indeed there is -- a witness says he stated, explicitly, that it occurred to him that his effort would "derail the other group," that is, the real group really seeking a recall. That's at the link.
Now, this appears to be a coordinated Democratic effort, by the local party and now by this local Filner ally, to cover-up for Fingers Filner and help him escape the people's judgment about his actions. Nevermind creating a target-rich environment for him, lots of victims and a political machine determined to make sure they remain victimized and silent about it.
The national media completely refuses to report on this angle. As I've said one thousand times, the media template for a Republican scandal is "Culture of X enables Y crime," but the template for a Democratic scandal is always, "It's just One Man's Failing (TM)."
The dog will not fucking hunt. The local Democratic Party, the State Party, and Nancy Pelosi's California caucus in DC all knew or must have known about this and chose to cover it up. Even now Democrats seem to be scheming to help Filner, while they supposedly call for his resignation publicly.
George Will noted that if Filner and Weiner were a Republican the media would be lecturing us on the "somber sociological" roots of the GOP's War on Women.
Yet here's an actual war on women -- with a Democratic city councilwoman serving a chief witness -- and they, as usual, embargo the story, just like the did with Kermit Gosnell.