Bob Filner to taxpayers: How about you pay my legal fees to defend these sexual harassment suits, sweetheart?

posted at 11:41 am on July 30, 2013 by Allahpundit

Here’s your daily reminder that, for all his faults, Anthony Weiner isn’t remotely the biggest cretin in the news this week. The balls on this guy:

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has asked the city to cover his legal fees for a sexual harassment lawsuit, according to an agenda released by the city council.

The city council will convene in a special closed session on Tuesday night to discuss whether or not to pay for legal fees in a sexual harassment claim filed by Filner’s former employee Irene McCormack Jackson.

Jackson publicly came forward last week and alleged that Filner told her to “work without panties” and detailed other alleged acts of sexual harassment. Jackson called her experience working for the mayor “the worst time of my entire working life.”…

Filner has made the request that he should be defended under the city’s expense through a letter from his lawyer Harvey Berger. The letter stated that Filner should have the city pay for representation under California Government codes 825 and 995 – which deal with compensation and defense of public employees.

Sections 825 and 995 say that the public will pay the legal expenses of a public official if he’s being sued for something he did “within the scope of his employment.” E.g., if the police break down a suspect’s door and damage his property, because they were acting within the scope of their duties, the taxpayers will defend them from the suspect’s lawsuit. Filner seems to be arguing that “the scope of his employment” doesn’t refer to his official acts as mayor but rather to anything he does, no matter how sleazy, while he’s carrying out his official duties. E.g., if a lobbyist comes by to discuss the city budget and he grabs her ass, you’re on the hook for his legal bills because he was only meeting with her in the first place to talk about the budget, see? That’s what mayors do. They talk budgets. And grab asses.

The good news is, section 995 appears to give San Diego an out:

995.2. (a) A public entity may refuse to provide for the defense of a civil action or proceeding brought against an employee or former employee if the public entity determines any of the following:

(1) The act or omission was not within the scope of his or her employment.

(2) He or she acted or failed to act because of actual fraud, corruption, or actual malice.

Sexual harassment qualifies as “corruption,” I hope, in which case you don’t need to reach the question of what qualifies as the “scope of his employment.”

For selfish political reasons, I should be glad that this tool’s so deranged that he’d ask the public to pay his bills after admitting to having acted inappropriately and seeking “therapy” (but not resigning, of course). Let him be a thorn in the Democrats’ side forever. I’m not glad, though. Between Sanford, Weiner, Spitzer, and Filner, my tolerance for troubled pols clinging desperately to power has reached its limit. You would think, given that he’s trying to retain his office, that Filner would have the common sense/basic decency not to further antagonize the public by asking them to pick up his legal tab. Nope; this is his way of grabbing their ass too, simply because he can, regardless of how they might feel about it. He’s so remorseless, his friends are evidently preparing to upend the recall process by filing their own recall petition; if they refuse to seek signatures for it and the petition fails, it’ll be six months before anyone else can file one. That’s the degree of power-hunger we’re dealing with here. If we can’t have a government that works, can we at least have one with a lower quotient of arrogant sociopathy?

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Oh, the irony. This is what brought down Palin, if you recall. Paying legal bills for suits against her while she was governor.

Chris of Rights on July 30, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Mary Katharine’s tweet – LOL

inviolet on July 30, 2013 at 11:45 AM

ROFL

War on Women! Binders!

Man, this jackass is a piece of work.

Bishop on July 30, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Sections 825 and 995 say that the public will pay the legal expenses of a public official if he’s being sued for something he did “within the scope of his employment.”

Given he is a Democract harassment is clearly “within the scope of his employment”.

Gatsu on July 30, 2013 at 11:49 AM

He looks like an alien or something.

Punchenko on July 30, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Why wouldn’t Filner push the limits by asking the city to pay his legal expenses? The local Dem Party leadership didn’t reject him when reports of his misconduct reached them, Nancy Pelosi refuses to condemn him, NOW hasn’t said a word, and the woman who made the initial allegations is still somewhat on his side.

Why wouldn’t he have the brass to want the city to pay for his lawyers?

Liam on July 30, 2013 at 11:50 AM

heh! MKH…. she’s baaad.

ted c on July 30, 2013 at 11:51 AM

But remember because he is a D….he’s just an outsider
If this was a gop…the lsm would be implying all gop are like him

cmsinaz on July 30, 2013 at 11:52 AM

democrats serve up crap sandwiches and kool aid…..come on America, are you really as stupid as your voting record shows….

crosshugger on July 30, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Kind of the same thing going on in New York:

NYers Pay $500/Hour To Defend Sheldon Silver From Gropez Lawsuit

Don’t worry, we go far beyond Weiner and Spitzer when it comes to treating women poorly in New York. Former Assemblyman Vito “Gropez” Lopez and current Assemblyman Micah Kellner (both running for NYC City Council this year) can’t seem to keep their hands off the youngun’s either. And Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver pretty much covered up Lopez and Kellner, to the extent that Lopez’s first accuser was paid off with hush money from the state, then Lopez was not only allowed to keep his power, he also was able to hire another young female intern, and you can guess where it went from there. Silver tried to cover that one up too.

But it’s OK, ladies. Cuomo wants to make it OK for you to kill your babies in the third trimester!

Red Cloud on July 30, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Somebody please, cover the oozing slime pit that this pig slithered out of.

rplat on July 30, 2013 at 11:56 AM

All this sexual harassment crud…and the one’s getting screwed are the taxpayers. Can we claim harassment too?

JetBoy on July 30, 2013 at 11:57 AM

I’ll be interested in the decision coming from the closed door meeting, because I just can’t fathom where the interest is for the CA Dems going all out to protect Filner. Could it be that Filner knows stuff that would really make your skin crawl? That’s the only self-interest reason I could see for the Dems actions.

This closed door session will answer that question, I think. If they give him the legal coverage, I’d take that as a yes. If they don’t, I’d expect Filner to start the threatening inferences that he knows stuff. If he doesn’t then I’m wrong about this thought, but I still find it hard to believe Dems are covering for him even now.

Dusty on July 30, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Next, he will want San Diegans to foot the bill for his therapy…

San Diego City Council makeup:

Sherri Lightner (D)

Kevin Faulconer (R)

Todd Gloria (D)

Myrtle Cole (D)

Mark Kersey (R)

Lorie Zapf (R)

Scott Sherman (R)

David Alvarez (D)

Marti Emerald (D)

OmahaConservative on July 30, 2013 at 11:59 AM

The answer to my question above is yes considering the fact I live in a liberal lala land called Minnesota where the braindead zombies march into polling booths armed only with the notion that their grandpa/grandma or mom/dad voted for a democrat all their lives….it must hurt for them to think, it is work to find info on candidates and make an informed choice..much easier to vote like the family has done……it is relatively simple: if you want to vote for baby killing, gay marriage, all things immoral, poor stewardship with the funds they take away from us, then by all means vote for a democrat….if these people were not so pathetic, this would be great comedy……….

crosshugger on July 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Oh, the irony. This is what brought down Palin, if you recall. Paying legal bills for suits against her while she was governor.

Chris of Rights on July 30, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Almost the same but still very different… afterall, these are not politically driven frivolous lawsuits :)

Ukiah on July 30, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Filner and Wiener are D models of impertinence.

Were they Rs the War on Women would have already commenced.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2013 at 12:02 PM

So glad I moved out of San Diego to someplace closer to Mexico. Less corrupt….

apostic on July 30, 2013 at 12:02 PM

“The ball’s on this guy”.

I’m sure he’ll show ‘em to ya. Just ask.

Saltyron on July 30, 2013 at 12:03 PM

I’ve been saying for close to a Week now.

WHERE IN THE HELL ARE THE REPUBLICANS IN SAN DIEGO!!!

Hey Milksops! get out in front of this and DRIVE IT!!!!

Jesus H. Christ, what does it take to get Republican
politicians upset about something Democrats do?????

Oh sorry, my bad. It’s not like this guy was
OPPOSED TO AMNESTY.

ToddPA on July 30, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Example 10,689 of “Resignations are for Republicans”.

Saltyron on July 30, 2013 at 12:04 PM

They deserve him in full.

This feminazi sow, Francine Busby, was against him before she was for him.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2013 at 12:04 PM

So glad I moved out of San Diego to someplace closer to Mexico. Less corrupt….

apostic on July 30, 2013 at 12:02 PM

I shook the San Digo/CA dust off my heels in Aug 2005, after thirty years of living there. It used to be such a quality city to live in…

OmahaConservative on July 30, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Sexual harassment qualifies as “corruption,” I hope, in which case you don’t need to reach the question of what qualifies as the “scope of his employment.”

Not to a Democrat in California. In that context, sexual harassment is badge of honor.

Kingfisher on July 30, 2013 at 12:07 PM

“The Balls on this Guy:”

No, it’s not balls.
It’s just plain nerve.

TimBuk3 on July 30, 2013 at 12:12 PM

His spit stinks. I can tell by looking at him.

vityas on July 30, 2013 at 12:12 PM

This jackass just needs to go back to his underground quarters in Roswell, NM.

Aviator on July 30, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Get the DNC to pay.

Tater Salad on July 30, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Somebody please, cover the oozing slime pit that this pig slithered out of.

rplat on July 30, 2013 at 11:56 AM

Cover it? Fill it in with concrete first.

CurtZHP on July 30, 2013 at 12:14 PM

He’s not staying in because of power, it’s because he wants his legal bills to be paid for by the taxpayers. Always follow the money.

lea on July 30, 2013 at 12:16 PM

His spit stinks. I can tell by looking at him.

vityas on July 30, 2013 at 12:12 PM

We’ve all had a high-school or middle-school teacher that had weapons-grade halitosis, and would invariably lean over your shoulder and breath in your face while explaining the lesson.

This guy looks like that teacher.

CurtZHP on July 30, 2013 at 12:16 PM

I’d love to be back in San Diego for the recall circus that will inevitably ensue. Pass the popcorn…

OmahaConservative on July 30, 2013 at 12:20 PM

Progressive Democrat San Diego Mayor Bob Filner…

Fixed it for ya big guy…

Seven Percent Solution on July 30, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Boris the Animal…It’s just plain Boris.

Oil Can on July 30, 2013 at 12:21 PM

I’ve been saying for close to a Week now.

WHERE IN THE HELL ARE THE REPUBLICANS IN SAN DIEGO!!!

Hey Milksops! get out in front of this and DRIVE IT!!!!

Jesus H. Christ, what does it take to get Republican
politicians upset about something Democrats do?????

Oh sorry, my bad. It’s not like this guy was
OPPOSED TO AMNESTY.

ToddPA on July 30, 2013 at 12:04 PM

There isn’t much of a functioning Republican Party in San Diego.

rockmom on July 30, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Someone must have advised the Dimbulbocrats to only go for the doggy section of the female gender, as they will be so grateful and flattered they would never squeal.

Obviously, it was bad advice.

Either that, or their taste is all in their mouths.

PJ Emeritus on July 30, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Between Sanford, Weiner, Spitzer, and Filner, my tolerance for troubled pols clinging desperately to power has reached its limit.

You are conflating some really different situations here. Sanford broke no laws, and Weiner probably didn’t. Spitzer should have gone to jail, and Filner appaers to have broken the law as well.

And of course don’t forget the former Rapist in Chief, Mr Clinton.

18-1 on July 30, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Oh, the irony. This is what brought down Palin, if you recall. Paying legal bills for suits against her while she was governor.

Chris of Rights on July 30, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Not according to Bluegill. She was just a witless quitter.

Bitter Clinger on July 30, 2013 at 12:28 PM

How about a 2×4 upside your head?

rbj on July 30, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Yes, we’re outraged…but the low information voters and ideologues who voted for this putz and ignore his misogyny aren’t paying attention, don’t really care, and will happily pull the lever for him again as long as he advocates the progressive agenda to give ‘government stuff’ to them.

There is a war on women, just as there is a war on other minorities, but unlike the projection and accusations from the lamestream media, the war is being waged by the progressive elitists who are also happy members of the 1% who need ‘victims’ for their divisive craptrap propaganda.

The story isn’t this pinhead’s outrageous demands – but how he’s still in position to make these demands because deep down, his loyalty to the progressive agenda is more important than his sexual harassment and assault crimes.

I mean, where the hell is that nimrod Sandra Fluke? Why isn’t she in SD demanding this moron resign every day?

Athos on July 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM

You are conflating some really different situations here. Sanford broke no laws, and Weiner probably didn’t. Spitzer should have gone to jail, and Filner appaers to have broken the law as well.

And of course don’t forget the former Rapist in Chief, Mr Clinton.

18-1 on July 30, 2013 at 12:28 PM

It’s not just the law-breaking that’s troubling. What these guys all have in common are major character flaws.

Bitter Clinger on July 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM

It’s not just the law-breaking that’s troubling. What these guys all have in common are major character flaws.

In Nazi Germany, in the Soviet Union, and in Jacobin France, it didn’t matter who you were or what you did – just as long as you were unquestionably loyal to the Party.

That’s why we see so much projection from the progressive left, not to mention the long history of giving loyal Democrats a pass that is not available to anyone else.

Athos on July 30, 2013 at 12:33 PM

I mean, where the hell is that nimrod Sandra Fluke? Why isn’t she in SD demanding this moron resign every day?

Remember the professional feminist response to the revelations Bill Clinton raped and sexually harassed women? That they would be happy to service him in return for his political stands?

I expect you’d see the same here were Ms Fluke forced to answer truthfully.

18-1 on July 30, 2013 at 12:35 PM

ToddPA on July 30, 2013 at 12:04 PM

There isn’t much of a functioning Republican Party in San Diego.

rockmom on July 30, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Well, I would think this topic could get them BACK to
a functioning Party now…..

ToddPA on July 30, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Oh, the irony. This is what brought down Palin, if you recall. Paying legal bills for suits against her while she was governor.

Chris of Rights on July 30, 2013 at 11:44 AM

It was really the opposite in Palin’s case. Palin wanted to raise funds from her supporters to pay her legal fees because the state was not authorized to do so. However, she was not even allowed to do that.

J.S.K. on July 30, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Balls indeed. It would be a stretch to say his actions were within the scope of his employment.

Bill Clinton still wins, the US had to pay millions and millions and millions and millions trying to get to the bottom of his shenanigans. Just think, if Hillary wins we’ll get to foot the bill for these elite hoodlums for up to another 8 years!

scalleywag on July 30, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Swipe the recall petition from his pals and tell people it’s about whether they should be forced to pay his legal bills.

Viola! 101,597 signatures.

Christien on July 30, 2013 at 1:04 PM

The last two, full-time, Dem Mayors of San Diego are doozies:

Maureen O’Connor, the Embezzler;
Bob Filner, the Groper!

Perhaps it’s time to have one of those Evil Republicans run things again.

Another Drew on July 30, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Fwiw, Filner made himself a multi-millionaire on the taxpayer dime working as a career government employee.

First he was on the SDO School Board, then the City Council, and after that 20 years in Congress. During his mayoral campaign last year, he estimated his financial worth between $1 million and $2 million. He accrued pensions and bennies along the way that add up to a hefty retirement score, even before and especially if, god forbid, he ends up serving two terms as mayor…which he wont so, silver lining I suppose.

the dude knows no other life and for all practical purposes never held a private sector job…at least not since the 1970′s.

Sacramento on July 30, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Oh come on, we all know California taxpayers have funded far worse.

M240H on July 30, 2013 at 1:47 PM

In the mold of Ted Kennedy, harassing women IS WITHIN the scope of work of any elected Democrat… see also Bill Clinton…

Pony up the money, San Diego… He deserves your support…

Khun Joe on July 30, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Oh, the irony. This is what brought down Palin, if you recall. Paying legal bills for suits against her while she was governor.

Chris of Rights on July 30, 2013 at 11:44 AM

I see. So women are supposed to be vilified with the claim that their bills were paid by the taxpayers but it’s OK with men.

More evidence that Democrat leaders hate women. Thank you for proving our point.

Kingfisher on July 30, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Yes, and we will do it in commando mode.

jake49 on July 30, 2013 at 3:20 PM

His side revolts; money talks.

Schadenfreude on July 30, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Clinton…Weiner…Filner….

I hope everyone, especially women, are watching the REAL ‘War on Women’! These Democrats have been preying on women for DECADES and are not even SORRY. They all have refused to leave their political positions, proving the only ones they really care about is THEMSELVES!

The TRUTH finally comes out:

It is the Democratic party that is waging the ‘WAR ON WOMEN”!

easyt65 on July 30, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Man, this jackass is a piece of work.

Filner was one of San Diego’s Congressional representatives before running for mayor, and I’ve known for a long time he was a piece of–uh–work.

His election last fall, along with the outcome of almost every other race I was watching, just about made me give up on my fellow citizens.

fatherspledge on July 30, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Hey Bob! Bend over and smile!

GarandFan on July 30, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Mary Katharine’s tweet – LOL

inviolet on July 30, 2013 at 11:45 AM

…isn’t she great!…she should have said “bee bees” !

KOOLAID2 on July 30, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Here’s your daily reminder that, for all his faults, Anthony Weiner isn’t remotely the biggest cretin in the news this week.

Or in any week where Bill or Hillary Clinton is in the news….

tom on July 31, 2013 at 12:21 AM

San Diego County is a very large area. San Diego City, not so much. I live within 10 miles of City Hall as the crow flies, but am not within the city proper. Mayor isn’t a choice on my ballots, so I cannot even sign a recall petition.

Unfortunately, this is true for a majority of Conservatives who live in this area. The metropolitan zone of the city is the usual concentration of moochers and looters, with a minority of unfortunately placed decent citizens.

The recall petition will still get through, the two conservative radio stations in town are helping to organize it. They’ll get the necessary signatures in under a week.

Freelancer on July 31, 2013 at 9:35 AM