Report: Female reporters advised to have escort for interviewing Filner as third accuser comes forward

posted at 9:21 pm on July 24, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

The Democratic mayor of San Diego and former Congressman Bob Filner has already admitted to “disrespecting” women coworkers and “intimidating” them, saying he needs “help” for what he himself suggests is a pattern of destructive behavior. His behavior has required a standing order not to meet with women behind closed doors and the creation of “workplace safety zones” for women who feel threatened by him. A female city councilwoman reported the complaints of six female employees against Filner two years ago only to have those complaints ignored by the party apparatus. I’m inclined to give some benefit of the doubt when accusers remain anonymous or before the man in question admits his transgressions, but we passed that point a while ago with Filner.

Local and national Democrats, men and women alike, continue to stand behind him.

Because, you know, I’m sure this is no big deal:

I have no idea if this is an overreaction, and it must be galling to women reporters to feel infantilized for the sake of this creep while they’re reporting on his creepiness. But judging from the above information, I’m betting the city attorney just wants plenty of witnesses to every Filner interaction, lest he be stuck paying out to Filner victims created during the reporting Filner victims. Two accusers have now gone public with accusations of sexual harassment at Filner’s hands.

Irene McCormack Jackson, Filner’s former communications director:

McCormack Jackson is the first woman to come forward publicly to accuse Filner; in recent weeks he has faced anonymous allegations that he harassed “numerous” women. Allred said that Filner had asked McCormack Jackson to “work without her panties on,” placed her in a headlock and told her that he wanted to consummate their relationship, among other incidents of harassment.

“Women were viewed by Mayor Filner as sexual objects or stupid idiots,” said McCormack Jackson, a former reporter who resigned from her position as communications director in June. “His behavior made me feel ashamed, frightened and violated.”

And now, Laura Fink, a deputy campaign manager for Filner when, as Ace puts it, “he was a colleague and close ally of War on Women Field Marshal Nancy Pelosi.”

According to KPBS Laura Fink, was Filner’s deputy campaign manager when the alleged incident took place at a fundraising event in 2005. Fink told KPBS that then-Congressman Filner patted her “posterior” while making a crude joke at the fundraiser.

KPBS reported that Fink said she sent an email to Filner’s personal account and documented the incident, demanding an apology. Fink told KPBS that a few days later, Filner mumbled to her, “I’m sorry” but added that she did not understand what happened.

Yes, if only Fink had understood properly that Filner’s liberal pedigree allows him to do whatever the hell he wants with the posteriors of his colleagues, as Emily’s List explained.

And, Morgan Rose, an employee of the school district on whom Filner used his acquaintance with First Lady Michelle Obama as a line:

Rose was working for an organization called America’s Angel Campaign when she met with Filner when he worked as a congressman, she told KPBS. The meeting was to help bring the issue of her organization to a national stage.

After their first meeting, Filner allegedly asked Rose for a private meeting, according to the interview. They met at a Marie Callender’s near his office, where Finer allegedly told Rose he had forwarded information about her campaign to Michelle Obama.

Rose said Filner then attempted to kiss her four separate times throughout the conversation and moved to sit next to her at the restaurant.
“He tried to move my face towards his to kiss me on the mouth,” Rose told KPBS.

Are they really going to let him give this speech?


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Wow… I thought that need of a male escort thing was a snarky joke when I read it.

myrenovations on July 24, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Really wish this and the new Weiner news would have waited to bust wide open a little closer to an election. But whatevs, it’s great to have a field day in the doldrums of an interim summer.

dczombie on July 24, 2013 at 9:26 PM

If it’s necessary to create a “safety zone” for women to run to when the mayor is acting up then something is…well…wrong.

Bishop on July 24, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Is he crying?

Bmore on July 24, 2013 at 9:31 PM

…it’s that guy who looks like he just had oral sex with himself…again?

KOOLAID2 on July 24, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Dude looks just like Bert Parks.

Lanceman on July 24, 2013 at 9:31 PM

But judging from the above information, I’m betting the city attorney just wants plenty of witnesses to every Filner interaction, lest he be stuck paying out to Filner victims created during the reporting Filner victims.

I have a different take. I think the city attorney wants to up the pressure for this creep to resign. The “I’m just a hugger” defense has been overtaken by the “no panty workplace.” The city attorney doesn’t know what other females will be coming forward with allegations. Requiring third party witnesses is a way to make life inconvenient for Filner.

What’s really funny is that Filner went into Congress with a holier-than-though arrogance following Duke Cunningham’s political demise. What an effing hypocrite.

Happy Nomad on July 24, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Fikner is going to be 71 in September. UPI did a story on him and did not mention once that he’s a Democrat.

bw222 on July 24, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Female reporter are advised to have a male escort, and wear panties, when interviewing ‘Filly Feeler Filner‘.

Pork-Chop on July 24, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Weiner/Filmher
…2016

KOOLAID2 on July 24, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Sad that Dems are just ignoring the long-time antics of Feel-’em-up Filner. I wonder how it’s going to square now that Gloria Allred is in the action (so to speak).

Liam on July 24, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Filner reminds me of Soupy Sales.

IrishEi on July 24, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Yes, if only Fink had understood properly that Filner’s liberal pedigree allows him to do whatever the hell he wants with the posteriors of his colleagues, as Emily’s List explained.

That is what I always like about my cousin Ham. She understands the big picture. And she is purty.

arnold ziffel on July 24, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Does Filner have a tiger suit?

Pecos on July 24, 2013 at 9:46 PM

S.D. City Attorney says female reporters must have escort to interview Mayor Filner. Female TV reporters must have male photographer.

What’s needed is for San Diego City Council to pass a “Stand Your Ground Against Mayor Filner” law. A “Gun Required Zone”, simply described as “Anywhere within 50 feet of Mayor Filner” should probably be considered, too.

Dusty on July 24, 2013 at 9:46 PM

I’m sure the escort is a preventive action. Gloria Allred doesn’t need any more clients.

mchristian on July 24, 2013 at 9:47 PM

The LSM will do their best to keep this story ‘local’, and try to minimize the damage to the ‘rat party.

And… short of cannibalism, the ‘rats don’t denounce or repudiate their own… even their child molesters get standing O’s…

CPT. Charles on July 24, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Preview of the Carlos Danger’s NYC mayoral term.

antipc on July 24, 2013 at 9:51 PM

His behavior has required a standing order not to meet with women behind closed doors and the creation of “workplace safety zones” for women who feel threatened by him.

It sounds like an Occupooper encampment with their rape-free tents … only one or two of those, though, and the women were dead meat the minute they stepped out of them. Is Filner just occupooping the Mayor’s office?

That said, this silly thing about women not meeting with him alone is pretty pathetic. Joe BiteMe says that the women should ahve no problem being alone wtih Filner. If he starts raping them they can just puke and piss all over themselves. It’s guaranteed to stop any rapeage. The VP assures us.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 24, 2013 at 9:51 PM

************* Whistle Blowers Eh *******************!!!~!

canopfor on July 24, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Nancy Pelosi says all these women coming forward against this poor innocent man are bimbos and whores.

VorDaj on July 24, 2013 at 9:52 PM

Female reporter are advised to have a male escort, and wear panties, when interviewing ‘Filly Feeler Filner‘.

Pork-Chop on July 24, 2013 at 9:35 PM

But if they go commando, they can get that really HARD hitting, in-depth interview that reporters dream of…..

I’ll bet Tingles would give it a try….

dentarthurdent on July 24, 2013 at 9:54 PM

This guy gets a fraction of the outrage that Akin got.

What a joke.

WisCon on July 24, 2013 at 9:55 PM

DemoSexaCrat PosTerior PerVert Strikes Again!

canopfor on July 24, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Nancy Pelosi says all these women coming forward against this poor innocent man are bimbos and whores.

VorDaj on July 24, 2013 at 9:52 PM

LOL

And I suppose are self-hating, anti-women’s lib, anti-reproductive rights wenches as well.

Still chuckling from your post, VorDaj…

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 24, 2013 at 9:57 PM

Where and the Sam H*ll,are Obama’s National Civilian Security Forces
that can deal with these UnWarranted/UnWanted Sex Gropers!

I mean,why isn’t the Office of Gropers on this!!

canopfor on July 24, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Filthy Filner needs to be Scrutenized by NSA Scruteneers
and the IRS Scrutiny Division!

The’ll know EVERYTHING,every move,touch,and on and on,jus
say’n!!!

canopfor on July 24, 2013 at 10:02 PM

I wonder what Weiners wife Huma thinks of this stud,er,sorry,I mean El Creepo!!
(sarc)

canopfor on July 24, 2013 at 10:05 PM

The guy reminds me of the governor played by Mel Brooks in Blazing Saddles. Obviously, this kind of thing is more prevalent than we care to admit…but this guy is just so blatant. He’s like, “What? What? What am I doing wrong?”

As a cynical observation, I will say that if it were Val Kilmer or Brad Pitt touching this lady’s “posterior” her attitude would probably be different. Be that is may, she may not and besides they aren’t elected officials, I know, but still…

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 24, 2013 at 10:07 PM

I live in SD and I’m stunned by how many woman are standing behind him and telling detractors to pound sand. Hell democrats here are so worrried their progressive, union loving golden boy may go down they are doing what they can to prop him up. They had a closed door meeting and the vote was 24/24 to tell him to resign.. dead heat they endorsed.

Lori Saldana the woman who reported him to the local party head is not even calling for his resignation..

All I can say had this been a republican his ass would have been driven across the border to Tijuana and dropped off..

All in all quite amazing..

theblacksheepwasright on July 24, 2013 at 10:22 PM

I’m sure Sandra Fluke has had a lot to say about this. Let me do a quick Google search….

Nothing

MTF on July 24, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Ignoranus. He’s stupid and an a-hole

Art on July 24, 2013 at 10:37 PM

Someday, when stories collide: Filner meets “concealed carry Carrie”.

kurtzz3 on July 24, 2013 at 10:52 PM

What is it with these ugly-azz horndogs???

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 24, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Sad that Dems are just ignoring the long-time antics of Feel-’em-up Filner. I wonder how it’s going to square now that Gloria Allred is in the action (so to speak).

Liam on July 24, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Oh, he’d hit that.

Ward Cleaver on July 25, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Female reporter are advised to have a male escort, and wear panties, when interviewing ‘Filly Feeler Filner‘.

Pork-Chop on July 24, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Weiner/Filmher
…2016

KOOLAID2 on July 24, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Sad that Dems are just ignoring the long-time antics of Feel-’em-up Filner. I wonder how it’s going to square now that Gloria Allred is in the action (so to speak).

Liam on July 24, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Fanny-Feelin’ Filner?

Can’t even enjoy the bad puns. This is just too pathetic.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 25, 2013 at 12:58 AM

Weener, Spitzer, and Filner’s names all end in the same two letters.

Weener Spitzel plus some Filsner Beer sounds about right.

Sherman1864 on July 25, 2013 at 4:13 AM

Women defended Bill Clinton. You reap what you sow, ladies.

crash72 on July 25, 2013 at 7:44 AM

theblacksheepwasright on July 24, 2013 at 10:22 PM

So right!!

How can any self-respecting Democrat manage to keep the contents of their stomach down after seeing what their party has turned into in order to support a sicko creep busturd like this?

The hypocrisy must be crawling up their throats as we speak.
.
.
If there were any doubt, the old Democrat party as any kind of respectable opposition….is dead. Officially.

avagreen on July 25, 2013 at 8:17 AM

The Sexual Harassment Guidelines According to the Democrat Party:

If the accused is a Republican (i.e. Bob Packwood): HANG ‘EM HIGH!!!!

If the accused is a Democrat: “What’s the big deal?”

Bitter Clinger on July 25, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Weener Spitzel plus some Filsner Beer sounds about right.

Sherman1864 on July 25, 2013 at 4:13 AM

Pilsner I think is what it’s called..

preallocated on July 25, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Give him a knife and tell him to hang-out in Houston gas stations looking for women….

E9RET on July 25, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Female TV reporters must have male photographer.

So what’s the male photographer going to do that a female photographer couldn’t?

The implication is that either a male is needed to protect the female, or that a male photog would be a better witness.

taznar on July 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM

taznar on July 25, 2013 at 12:23 PM

No, they would expect him to harrass two females as easily as one. If there was a male there, he would be restrained somewhat – but who knows, with this guy?

virgo on July 27, 2013 at 2:05 PM