Glenn's in San Diego today and happened to swing by City Hall. Above the door it reads, "Good government demands the intelligent interest of every citizen." To get a better Mayor it's going to take an informed and active electorate. Consider Bob Filner San Diego's wakeup call. Hopefully they take it.
Glenn's in San Diego today, one of the very, VERY few conservative places in California and, unfortunately, home of disgraced Mayor Bob Filner.
Filner, who has recently undergone a slew of sexual harassment allegations, announced he that despite the claims of kissing, groping, and assaulting women in the workplace, he will not be resigning from office.
"Filner apologized to voters, his staff and the women he allegedly harassed, but added: “Words alone are not enough. I am responsible for my conduct. And I must take responsibly for my conduct.”
The allegations resulted in widespread calls for him to resign, plunging the nation’s eighth-largest city into political turmoil.
When the allegations surfaced, Filner apologized for disrespecting women and said he needed help. But soon after, he said he was innocent of sexual harassment and resisted calls to leave office.
The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee called on Filner to resign as did leaders of the San Diego Democratic party.
The former congressman was San Diego’s first Democratic mayor in 20 years."
Not a good start for San Diego's first Democrat mayor in 20 years. Hopefully the voters won't make the same mistake again. But as horrible as Filner already sounds from the reports, he's worse. And the Democrats holding him up right now aren't much better.
It's rare for conservatives to side with Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, but when it comes to this dirtbag, they do. The DNC Chairwoman called for Filner to step down, calling his behavior "reprehensible and indefensible".
Filner is less than eight months into his four-year-term, has refused to discuss the allegations and doesn't seem to see the need to step down. Instead, he will undergo therapy.
That's not sitting well with many in San Diego, who are working to gather signatures to recall the mayor. Among those leading the charge is radio personality and friend of TheBlaze, KFMB's Mike Slater. Mike joined Glenn on air in San Diego this morning to discuss not only the effort to recall Filner, but to explain to the national radio audience just how bad this guy really is.
"For 20 years he was a Congressman and was able to get away with this stuff," Slater explained. "No one paid attention to him. He's been mayor eight months and acquisitions from my high-profile women at a dean, a -- top-notch women saying he would grab around their necks, pull them closer and try to, quote, stick his tongue down their throat. You would work better without your panties on at work tomorrow. Awful stuff."
"Did anyone file assault charges?" Glenn asked.
"Not until now," Slater answered. "We have been approaching that question a lot of different ways and we talked to a lot of women. 'If you have ever been assaulted, why didn't you come forward?' And a lot of genuine reasons. Worried for their jobs or didn't want to be branded as a "woman that Bob Filner assaulted". That's not what they wanted to be known as. And this is all about a lust for power. Eliot Spitzer, Weiner, those are lusts for sexual gratification. Bob Filner has a lust for power. Every woman he did this to, he had a position of strength over them, whether they wanted an endorsement from him or they wanted some come bane contribution organization whatever."
"A sick pig like that at the head of that city that's unbelievable," Pat interjected.
Two make matters worse, there are two women on the city council who have claimed to stand for women's rights their entire careers standing by Filner's side.
"Is there a chance this guy — this is the death of shame. We thought we lost it in the '90s. You are seeing it in New York, which is you kind of expected; but you are seeing in San Diego, California. This is a — one of the only conservative places in California," Glenn explained.
"It's about an eight-month long recall effort to recall this man and we'll send an a message to the entire country," Slater said. "We're going to do better than this."
"Democrats are standing by him because of the progressive agenda," Glenn added. "It is a power of the collective over the individual."