When did national Democrats know that Filner was sexually harassing women?

posted at 4:41 pm on July 29, 2013 by Allahpundit

Consider this a complement to Ace’s post wondering why the media seems so … incurious about a scandal where we’ve got (a) lurid accusations of sexual harassment and assault, (b) a politician copping publicly to inappropriate behavior yet refusing to resign, and (c) credible witnesses claiming that the local Democratic Party knew about it years ago and not only did nothing to stop him, they threatened pols who considered exposing him. But there’s one other element here that should, in a sane world, pique a reporter’s interest: (d) This guy was a congressman for 20 years. Everyone knows him as mayor of San Diego because that’s the office he holds right now, but he was a Democratic backbencher on the Hill since the early 90s. He’s been mayor for only eight months or so. According to Lori Saldana, the whistleblower cited in Ace’s post, women were complaining to her about Filner’s busy hands since 2011, more than a year before he left Congress. Which prompts the question: Who in Washington knew? And for how long?

To believe that there was no cover-up within the House Democratic leadership, you need to believe either that Filner’s harassment began only very recently, in the last few years, and/or that it was sporadic enough that none of the very few women he harassed chose to complain to anyone on the HIll. Given what you know about the number of women who’ve come forward — seven so far, and Saldana mentions that six women complained to her in 2011 — how likely is that? How probable is it that a guy who’s harassed this many women only developed his habit late in life and somehow kept it quiet enough that none of his hundreds of colleagues and their staff heard anything about it? (Pelosi refused to make any judgments about Filner as recently as 10 days ago before finally acknowledging on Friday, with the walls closing in on him politically, that what he did was reprehensible.) Realistically, there’s no way no one knew. And there are surely people on the Hill who know that some of them knew and could hand that information to a reporter at a moment’s notice. Not even our slanted, corrupt media would reject a cover-up scoop like that if it was offered on a silver platter. Any House Democrats or aides concerned enough about the “war on women” to drop a dime on Bob Filner’s congressional enablers?

Update: Via John Ekdahl, columnist Doug Curlee includes himself in the list of people who turned a blind eye to Filner’s jerkiness:

I’ve covered Bob Filner off and on since he was elected to the San Diego Unified School District Board in 1979. From the beginning, most of us saw how arrogant Filner was and is, how abusive he could be to his own staff members, how he felt elective office entitled him to be all those things and more.

We all saw that in Filner, and yet we did nothing about it. Filner was often a topic of conversation among us when we gathered at news conferences or when we would gather at the various watering holes many of us frequented together when off work…

We watch ever more highly credible women coming forward to tell their stories of encounters with Filner, and we should all be thinking, “I should have done that story. I should have asked, or demanded, the support to go after that story.”


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When did national Democrats know that Filner was sexually harassing women?

What difference does it make? He’s a Dem.

BacaDog on July 29, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Buncha liars if the say they didn’t know…

OmahaConservative on July 29, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Je was pro-choice and loyal to Pelosi, nuff said.

rob verdi on July 29, 2013 at 4:44 PM

War On Women! or something… maybe they should just start chanting, Legal Under Sharia!

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on July 29, 2013 at 4:46 PM

That’s one fugly basturd. I’m starting to think the Greeks were right about the relationship between physical appearance and a person’s moral quality.

abobo on July 29, 2013 at 4:46 PM

There’s that face again…..Jerry Sandusky’s twisted,
long lost Brother….

ToddPA on July 29, 2013 at 4:47 PM

That’s one fugly basturd. I’m starting to think the Greeks were right about the relationship between physical appearance and a person’s moral quality.

abobo on July 29, 2013 at 4:46 PM

I tend to agree.

hawkeye54 on July 29, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Why is there a picture of a fish on the screen cap?

Oil Can on July 29, 2013 at 4:50 PM

When did National Democrats…turn a blind eye to Filner’s jerkiness?

Possibly 2007 (if not earlier)?

Rep. Filner Allegedly Freaks Out Over Lost Baggage

Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) was charged with assault and battery Sunday night after he allegedly got belligerent over his lost luggage and shoved a United Airlines employee in the baggage claim area at Dulles International Airport.

According to a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Filner, an eight-term congressman from San Diego, allegedly tried to enter an unauthorized area, “pushed aside the employee’s outstretched arm and refused to leave the area when asked by an airline employee.”

Too ‘old school,’ too ‘new school,’ or just right???

Only time will tell… lol

Resist We Much on July 29, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Why is there a picture of a fish on the screen cap?

Oil Can on July 29, 2013 at 4:50 PM

That bluegill! Girlfriend is ALWAYS trying to get attention.

Resist We Much on July 29, 2013 at 4:51 PM

A well made video about some of Filthy Filners other hobbys:
http://youtu.be/Wo5293H8Ss8

JusDreamin on July 29, 2013 at 4:51 PM

I love how the media has no sense of self-awareness. They can’t/won’t answer the questions about their own behavior honestly. I found the “opinion” piece by Doug Curlee hilariously dishonest and sickening.

obsessedinga on July 29, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Why is there a picture of a fish on the screen cap?

Oil Can on July 29, 2013 at 4:50 PM

That bluegill! Girlfriend is ALWAYS trying to get attention.

Resist We Much on July 29, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Most of us try not to carp about it…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on July 29, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Curlee’s mea culpa really has no meaning if the San Diego media simply thinks saying they failed to do their jobs before means they don’t have to do their jobs now (and that includes continuing to investigate the Filner cover-up by other Democratic Party officials even if he does resign as San Diego mayor).

As for the Washington press corps, expect so soul-searching whatsoever — In their minds, he’s the mayor of San Diego now so it’s not their business, and he was only a minor House pol when he was in D.C., so it was never a big story (not that that standard applied to Mark Foley in 2006, but it’s not as if the big media would try to be fair here; they just would want to find alibis they could plausibly offer up to other liberals and a few moderates in Washington to get some moral support for their position).

jon1979 on July 29, 2013 at 4:53 PM

When did national Democrats know that Filner was sexually harassing women?

When Nancy Pelosi started grinning.

MaiDee on July 29, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Will a reporter ever ask Nancy?

rob verdi on July 29, 2013 at 4:56 PM

In 2002, Filner voted against the Armed Airline Pilots Bill (HR 4635), which would have required ‘flight attendants to undergo self-defense training.’

Now, you know why.

lol

Resist We Much on July 29, 2013 at 4:56 PM

When Nancy Pelosi started grinning.

MaiDee on July 29, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Not an image I needed. EW! EW! EW! BRAIN BLEACH!

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on July 29, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Most of us try not to carp about it…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on July 29, 2013 at 4:53 PM

I see what you did there. :-)

Resist We Much on July 29, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Too bad we can sue the media for malpractice.

Iblis on July 29, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Too bad we can sue the media for malpractice.

damn.
“can’t” not “can”

Iblis on July 29, 2013 at 5:00 PM

I have a friend who was a page back in the late 70s. Some of the stories he tells about what went on there would make you cringe with disgust.

Ditkaca on July 29, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Its too our side is so incompetent and won’t turn this into a democrat “Mark Foley/Todd Akin”

Iblis on July 29, 2013 at 5:03 PM

When I saw Filner smile for the first time, I thought the image was photoshopped.

Valkyriepundit on July 29, 2013 at 5:04 PM

When Nancy Pelosi started grinning.

MaiDee on July 29, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Thread winner :)

beatcanvas on July 29, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Imagine Bob 20 years ago. Same mean spirit, same only more vigorous uncontrolled libido. The 20 something women, zealous campaign works trying to get or keep a congressional staff position. Think Bob exacted some payment? Chances are about 100%. I hope the next to come out are now 40 something women who were put upon in congress. Bob is a bad guy, been bad all of his life. Mean, totally self-centered, he should be a case study of what can go wrong with politics. A pervasively ugly spud, think it has so meting to do with it?

StevC on July 29, 2013 at 5:09 PM

When did national Democrats Republicans know that Filner was sexually harassing women?

And why did they not make a big deal about it back then?

albill on July 29, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Who cares when they know now, and I have not heard them respond the way they are to Anthony Weiner.

The news is reporting how the Clintons are upset, they feel he is hurting the Democratic Party, and they demand he gets out of office.

My Thoughts:
1) Who the h#ll made the Clintons the ‘Godfathers’ of the Democratic Party? Granted, Bill Clinton was the best DNC President has had in YEARS…which isn’t saying much!

2) What gives the career sexual harasser who was a cheating womanizer throughout his entire political career, who was the 1st & only President to every be taken to court in a Sexual Harassment Law Suit – who lost his license to practice law because he committed perjury under oath in his trial, who used Lewinski in an ash tray before staring directly into the camera to tell the American people “I did not have sex with that woman, who REFUSED to step down when he was caught in ANOTHER adulterous affair…what gives Bill Clinton (in his mind) the authority to declare what Weiner is doing is worthy of STEPPING DOWN and that he should?
- Clinton declared what he did was done in private and was none of the business of the American people. Ok, ‘what’s good for the goose is good for the gander’, right? Why is it that Slick Willey is the only one who can use that defense? And at least Weiner is the only one who has not TOUCHED another woman (Sexting).

3) David Axelrod has even called for Weiner to drop out…but reportedly Neither the Clintons nor Axelrod has demanded the same thing from Filner, a Dem who has groped, kissed, asked women not to wear their panties, and more…who is ignoring the city’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy, and is insisting that he will run the city fom his stay in a 2-week (tax payer funded) Sexual Rehab Center! What the…?!

What is it about these IMMORAL Democratic Party PERVERTS who, when caught, REFUSE to step down?

easyt65 on July 29, 2013 at 5:19 PM

to be fair to the left….I know they are so concerned with the “war on women” no matter who does it….lemme just check out Daily Kos….im sure there are dozens of diaries about how rotten this guy is and that he should go…oh wait…..there is ….ZERO.

“I would be happy to give him a b-job just to thank him for keeping abortion legal. I think American women should be lining up with their presidential kneepads on to show their gratitude for keeping the theocracy off our backs.” Time contributor and White House correspondent Nina Burleigh

In June 2011, she posted on her Facebook page that Weiner’s political record meant he could ‘continue sending d*** pics every single day for the rest of his life.’ Two months earlier, she posted a video of Weiner with the caption ‘Hero.’-Sydney Leather

ahh good times.

lostinjrz on July 29, 2013 at 5:20 PM

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Kaptain Amerika on July 29, 2013 at 5:22 PM

The media doesn’t feel the need to cover this because it’s just a local story like Gosnell was.

Doughboy on July 29, 2013 at 5:23 PM

It’s one thing if Liam Hemsworth or Channing Tatum should come on to you (wrong but not so horror movieish) but this guy is as creepy repulsive as they come. Who would choose to be alone in a meeting room with him? I pity the women who have to work in the same building.

vityas on July 29, 2013 at 5:26 PM

That face? Yikes.

Ward Cleaver on July 29, 2013 at 5:27 PM

I’ve covered Bob Filner off and on since he was elected to the San Diego Unified School District Board in 1979. From the beginning, most of us saw how arrogant Filner was and is, how abusive he could be to his own staff members, how he felt elective office entitled him to be all those things and more.

We all saw that in Filner, and yet we did nothing about it.

Don’t feel bad. You only let this perverted jackazz get away with it for 34 years. It could have been worse.

Filner was often a topic of conversation among us when we gathered at news conferences or when we would gather at the various watering holes many of us frequented together when off work…

The pre-internet JournoList worked its black magic for many decades. I’m not sure why you are admitting to this, now. It only shows what a despicable, lying sack of sh!t you’ve been for decades … not to mention having this info through all of the other sex scandals and pervert outings that have gone on.

But … the MSM has “editors”! … just as the Hah-vahd Lawn Review had an editor – a Precedent!! – who can’t speak proper English and writes at the level of dumb 9th grader. All “wee wee’d up” …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 29, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Separated At Birth? Filner and The Creature From The Black Lagoon.

Ward Cleaver on July 29, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Norman Fell could play Filner in the movie.

xrayiiis on July 29, 2013 at 5:29 PM

RE: columnist Doug Curlee

Having spent time in San Diego, I recall Curlee acting as the ‘codpiece’ of many elected official…Hedgecock,O’connor various school superindendents and in L.A. Bradley{especially}- both in office at the time and ‘alumni’ {ie Gov. Pete Wilson).

California has been the model for lap-dog press covering for libs for decades… now the cancer has spread nationally.

socalcon on July 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM

We watch ever more highly credible women coming forward to tell their stories of encounters with Filner, and we should all be thinking, “I should have done that story. I should have asked, or demanded, the support to go after that story.”

Yep, had the “Fourth Estate” had a conscience, I could see that. As it is, though, it’d never happen.

socalcon on July 29, 2013 at 5:33 PM

They are posting this high school picture.

Here

Oil Can on July 29, 2013 at 5:35 PM

We watch ever more highly credible women coming forward to tell their stories of encounters with Filner, and we should all be thinking, “I should have done that story. I should have asked, or demanded, the support to go after that story.”

He doesn’t seem to be lamenting that the press covered for him all those years – but rather now that the story has broken, he wasn’t the one getting credit for it.

krome on July 29, 2013 at 5:48 PM

When? Why, since forevah. SD demo’s own it now

jake49 on July 29, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Gosh, that guy has a creep factor of at least 15 on a scale of 1-10. Yeeeeeks!

Key West Reader on July 29, 2013 at 5:53 PM

You know what? This is silly. What difference, at this point, does it make what higher-level democrats knew about anything? Look, you don’t honestly think that Leader Pelosi directed this guy to do these things (if they actually happened – I hear that some of these women were democrats, so, uh huh), do you? Come on, you wingnuts with your phony scandals.

BKeyser on July 29, 2013 at 5:59 PM

“I should have done that story. I should have asked, or demanded, the support to go after that story.”

And like a good little liberal WHORE, you kept your mouth shut.

Hell, Splash Kennedy and his buddy Chris Dodd made a ‘waitress sandwich’ whenever they’d go out drinking together.

Anything Filthy Bob did in comparison was chump change.

GarandFan on July 29, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Filner looks like Jim Messina’s spam donor.

arnold ziffel on July 29, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Most feminazis are hypocritical sows.

Schadenfreude on July 29, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Too bad we can’t sue the media for malpractice.

Iblis on July 29, 2013 at 4:58 PM

I’m not convinced that the victims can’t. After all, if the media had done their jobs 10 years ago, people that were abused in the last 2 years probably would not have been.

Because either they wouldn’t have put themselves in that position with a known abuser, or he wouldn’t have been in a position where he could abuse them.

Chris of Rights on July 29, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Regarding the Democrat party’s long history of practicing a War on Women, Mary Jo Kopechne was once again, unavailable for comment.

Chris of Rights on July 29, 2013 at 6:40 PM

This guy should play the villain in the next Batman movie.

Decoski on July 29, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Aaagh! This guy looks like a cross between Milton Berle and a wide-mouth bass.

onlineanalyst on July 29, 2013 at 9:07 PM

When did national Democrats know that Filner was sexually harassing women?

When Nancy Pelosi started grinning.

MaiDee on July 29, 2013 at 4:54 PM

…did you mean ‘moaning’?

KOOLAID2 on July 29, 2013 at 9:31 PM

Where do you think Pelosi got that pearl necklace from?

NoPain on July 29, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Not even our slanted, corrupt media would reject a cover-up scoop like that if it was offered on a silver platter.

Ahhhh, John Edwards?

Cindy Munford on July 30, 2013 at 12:05 AM

This piece of work has been privately despised by local Dems in San Diego for ages, because his behavior has always been so horrid. He believed (and was proven correct) that as long as he limited his actions to those over whom he had direct authority, or with whom he shared strongly partisan ideals, nobody would speak up. You don’t want to threaten the position of a Representative who votes “the right way”, do you?

And that’s exactly how it worked, which can be seen by the early responses from those who have spoken up. Either he could fire them, damage their careers, or he was “on their side” on the issues. That’s all it takes to get a liberal to throw their principles in the garbage. Those that had any to start with, that is.

Apparently, if you’re a liberal woman, you’d rather be the victim of an assault than be represented by a pro-lifer. Seems legit.

Freelancer on July 30, 2013 at 12:43 AM

I’m sure the game at the national level is played thus: Whatever women problems (real or imagined) your side has, will be played and replayed by the national media until you are so butt-hurt, you will never bring up problems on our side, no matter how egregious, ever again.

trl on July 30, 2013 at 5:33 AM

New board game: Where on San Diego’s women are Bob Filner’s hands?

Steve Z on July 30, 2013 at 9:46 AM

I’m beginning to see the Dimocrat logic and playbook for their women. They must pass the Fluck test by having the Catholic church provide birth control and abortion up to 40 weeks!! Then they are able to show up at work commando style (with no drawers on) in order to have abuse forced on them on demand at will and barrier free! Dims can unleash the wiener with reckless abandon and no consequences! Nothing to worry about! Go away Gloria! Therapy will be provided if needed and they will investigate their own! It’s that evil Romney that needs to be watched! Binders for women’s jobs! Ha!

Marco on July 30, 2013 at 10:21 AM