Dem strategist Hilary Rosen: Members of Congress told me they suspected Filthy Filner has been this way all along

posted at 1:01 pm on July 31, 2013 by Allahpundit

An essential follow-up to Monday’s post wondering how many Democrats in Congress knew, or at least suspected, that something was amiss with Mayor Grabass when he was a member of the caucus on the Hill. Answer: More than one. Skip to 5:55 below and listen to Hilary Rosen describe her dinner with unnamed congressional alumni who told her “this guy has kind of been this way all along. That everybody thought that he was a little creepy.” She backpedals to say that no one heard anything about “official sexual harassment,” whatever that means, but people’s antennas were up. Why? It can’t be just because Filner looks like the Joker without make-up. People were hearing things; what were they hearing? When did they first start hearing it? And why didn’t they inquire about it?

I’m giving Tapper a full pass on not following up on this, partly because it was dropped on him at the very end of the segment and partly because he’s more willing than 99 percent of the media to ask questions about things that Democrats would rather have embargoed. (If you doubt that, ask yourself how many cable news programs have even broached the subject of what Dems knew about Filner.) But someone needs to follow up. A congressman possibly engaged in serial sexual harassment is most definitely news, as Bob Packwood could tell you. And a congressman possibly engaged in serial sexual harassment with the knowledge of his caucus is big news. Some journalist somewhere surely cares more about the page views to be reaped in exposing a cover up than protecting Democrats. Who will it be?

Exit question: Why hasn’t Filner been indicted yet by the local D.A. in San Diego? With eight women now accusing him, there’s got to be an assault and/or battery charge in there somewhere.


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Aren’t these people all so brave for speaking up now that Filthy Filner has fallen out of favor? I think it is also an extraordinary act of bravery to keep your mouth shut when Filner was in favor.

NotCoach on July 31, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Dem strategist Hilary Rosen: Members of Congress told me they suspected Filthy Filner has been this way all along

But being a Liberal Lez, I had no problem with it….

ToddPA on July 31, 2013 at 1:03 PM

For what it’s worth, Conan did a “tale of the tape” comparing Weiner to Filner last night, and concluded that Filner was the bigger perv, by a mile.

22044 on July 31, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Tell us again how stay-at-home-moms aren’t real working women, Hilary.

Red Cloud on July 31, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Exit question: Why hasn’t Filner been indicted yet by the local D.A. in San Diego?

Because he is a democrat?

HotAirian on July 31, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Could you be more specific in the headline? I know, like, three Hilary Rosens.

boko fittleworth on July 31, 2013 at 1:09 PM

It can’t be just because Filner looks like the Joker Jim Messina without make-up.

a capella on July 31, 2013 at 1:09 PM

the “escaped from toon town” smile didn’t hint at anything?

JR on July 31, 2013 at 1:09 PM

She’s just mad because he doesn’t hit on Lesbians.

reddevil on July 31, 2013 at 1:10 PM

But, but, but – Rush Limbaugh called a stupid slut a stupid slut.

oldroy on July 31, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Exit question: Why hasn’t Filner been indicted yet by the local D.A. in San Diego?

Stand your ground. When aroused, Democrats in CA have no duty to retreat.

rw on July 31, 2013 at 1:10 PM

So once again, the Democrats have been caught with their pants down in the war on women.

oldroy on July 31, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Rosen was to busy protecting women from the scourage that is known as “stay at home moms” to care about the harassing of women.

Flange on July 31, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Filner has probably gone up in the estimation of some Dems, like Chris Dodd.

Liam on July 31, 2013 at 1:13 PM

“If I had a daughter she’d be like Fluke” — so last year, obama

Leftists have no shame.

Schadenfreude on July 31, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Most feminazis are hypocritical sows.

Schadenfreude on July 31, 2013 at 1:15 PM

See tweets AP, Tapper is working on follow up. @KPBS told him they have been investigating for months, and those guys plus @10news have been on this like hound dogs.

JusDreamin on July 31, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Tell us again how stay-at-home-moms aren’t real working women, Hilary.

Red Cloud on July 31, 2013 at 1:05 PM

That’s why she was in the news…I couldn’t remember.

22044 on July 31, 2013 at 1:15 PM

i am sure rosen knows peresonally at least 3 filthy filners…so….

t8stlikchkn on July 31, 2013 at 1:15 PM

official sexual harassment

er, what?

Is that like sexual sexual harassment???

RT@WhoopiGoldberg

ted c on July 31, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Exit question: Why hasn’t Filner been indicted yet by the local D.A. in San Diego?
Because he is a democrat?
HotAirian on July 31, 2013 at 1:06 PM

She is a Republican. She was also a candidate for mayor in the primary.

oceansidecon on July 31, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Some journalist somewhere surely cares more about the page views to be reaped in exposing a cover up than protecting Democrats.

I hope you’re not holding your breath, Allah….

ted c on July 31, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Exit question: Why hasn’t Filner been indicted yet by the local D.A. in San Diego? With eight women now accusing him, there’s got to be an assault and/or battery charge in there somewhere. [emphasis added]

You would think so. But charges require two things, an official complaint to law enforcement, and a prosecutor willing to file charges on sufficient evidence. It doesn’t appear as though anyone has filed a complaint (i.e., a police report). And perhaps the greatest injustices in the entire criminal justice system flow from prosecutors’ abuse of their discretion to file charges or not.

novaculus on July 31, 2013 at 1:18 PM

It can’t be just because Filner looks like the Joker without make-up.

To me, he looks more like Edgar in Men in Black. The guy whose skin is taken over by the “Bug”.

MichiCanuck on July 31, 2013 at 1:18 PM

the “escaped from toon town” smile didn’t hint at anything?

JR on July 31, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Heh, noticed this in his first press conference after the scandal broke. I couldn’t believe no one had had any suspicions about him before this became public.

agmartin on July 31, 2013 at 1:20 PM

yeah, right…the leftist rules of ‘no snitch’ supported this guy for a long time. My bet is that woman know if a guy has his hand down their blouse…they don’t ‘suspect’.

there are no enemies on the left…that is a hard and fast rule.

r keller on July 31, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Reminds me of Bob Packwood. His, ah, “proclivities” had to have been well know, but only brought to light when politically expedient.

rbj on July 31, 2013 at 1:22 PM

It can’t be just because Filner looks like the Joker without make-up.

HA! But to me it’s worse than that, he looks like Sandusky.

But someone needs to follow up. But who will it be?

You’re right. SOMEONE does need to follow up and I have no clue who it will be.

scalleywag on July 31, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Fill em up Filner.He will have to be dragged out of office.

docflash on July 31, 2013 at 1:23 PM

Why would it be a surprise that Democrats knew about the tendencies of this Mayor and former congressman to abuse and assault women? They know the same about serial assaulter Bill Clinton, and they all worship at his altar, as in his prime time speech at the Democrat Convention last year. This exposes the hypocrisy of the liberals phony (that’s real phony, not Obama type phony phony) accusations of wars on women.

stefano1 on July 31, 2013 at 1:24 PM

“suspect”?

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Like they didn’t know?

BBBBWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA

PappyD61 on July 31, 2013 at 1:25 PM

The problem here is that this isn’t a guy who participated in any of those really classy Ted Kennedy / Chris Dodd waitress sandwiches.

oldroy on July 31, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Exit question: Why hasn’t Filner been indicted yet by the local D.A. in San Diego? With eight women now accusing him, there’s got to be an assault and/or battery charge in there somewhere.

Great question, Bonnie Dumanis is a lesbian and has to be offended by Filthy Filner’s behavior toward women…

OmahaConservative on July 31, 2013 at 1:29 PM

And why didn’t they inquire about it?

Because he may have been a sleazebag, but he was our Democratic sleazebag!

Hell, how about Splash Kennedy and Chris Dodd with their famous “waitress sandwich”.

Er……who’s conducting “a war on women”? And why the hell do Democratic women put up with it?

GarandFan on July 31, 2013 at 1:29 PM

‘When did the Republican House leadership learn of Mark Foley’s behaviour? Why did they cover it up or ignore it? Why didn’t they stop this sexual predator when they could?’

- Nancy Pelosi, 2006

‘I knew nothing about Filthy Filner when he was in Congress. Hell, even though he was a founding member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, I didn’t even know him.’

- Nancy Pelosi, 2013

Resist We Much on July 31, 2013 at 1:30 PM

2012 was the ‘war on womens’ by the Rs…what a country!

Schadenfreude on July 31, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Exit question: Why hasn’t Filner been indicted yet by the local D.A. in San Diego? With eight women now accusing him, there’s got to be an assault and/or battery charge in there somewhere.

The women are going to have to press charges. I doubt the DA will move without the women. It’s not like a first-degree murder case where the state prosecutes regardless of whether the family of the victim wants it or not.

Of course, if the heat on local officials gets high enough, they might do anything.

Resist We Much on July 31, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Where is Fluke now?

Where is obama?

Where is Michelle?

Feminazis, most of you are hypocritical sows.

Schadenfreude on July 31, 2013 at 1:32 PM

FILTHY BILL.

Hey Hillary how you like this one……The original slick one.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2381941/Tape-Monica-Lewinsky-planning-illicit-meeting-Bill-Clinton.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

A never-before-heard tape of Monica Lewinsky telling then-President Bill Clinton that she could ‘take all my clothes off’ if he agreed to an illicit meeting with her has reportedly surfaced.

The tape, which records the White House intern desperately trying to lure him into meeting her, was reportedly released to the National Enquirer after it was obtained by a cleaner hired by friends of Lewinsky.

It was long thought that the raunchy four-minute tape, which was recorded in November 1997, had been destroyed after the sexual affair was revealed in 1998, according to the Enquirer.

The recording, made months after their final alleged trust in March 1997, reportedly shows a determined Lewinsky, then 24, pleading with the married president to meet her – and telling him she plans to be persistent because ‘I really want to see you’.

PappyD61 on July 31, 2013 at 1:34 PM

You wingnuts and your Phone Scandals

faraway on July 31, 2013 at 1:38 PM

heh, Phony

faraway on July 31, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Which Rosen is saying this?

jake49 on July 31, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Your Inspiration in Chief

Schadenfreude on July 31, 2013 at 1:40 PM

From Weasel Zippers: “In related news, the DNC has named Filthy Filner Supreme Commander of all War on Women forces.”

TeaPartyNation on July 31, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Why?
That question is just silly.
He’s a Progressive – end of discussion.

Another Drew on July 31, 2013 at 1:52 PM

A congressman possibly engaged in serial sexual harassment…

I’m just trying to figure out the legal ramifications of not just Filner creating a “hostile work environment” while in Congress, but others knowing about it and staying silent.

Admission: I used to be a state employee. We had to take annual classes on “Sexual Harassment in the Workplace.” It was made abundantly clear that knowing about something like this and not reporting it would result in disciplinary (and possible legal) action against us.

taznar on July 31, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Could you be more specific in the headline? I know, like, three Hilary Rosens.

boko fittleworth on July 31, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Cute, but I don’t remember the exact reference. Help, please.

thuja on July 31, 2013 at 2:13 PM

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney appeared to attempt to dodge a question from a reporter on Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen who made news last night when she said Mitt Romney’s wife Ann Romney had not “worked a day in her life.” Carney’s initial response to the question was “I know three, personally, women named Hilary Rosen.”

Flange on July 31, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Vice-President Filner has a nice ring to it…

right2bright on July 31, 2013 at 2:18 PM

The women are going to have to press charges. I doubt the DA will move without the women. It’s not like a first-degree murder case where the state prosecutes regardless of whether the family of the victim wants it or not.

Of course, if the heat on local officials gets high enough, they might do anything.

Resist We Much on July 31, 2013 at 1:32 PM

No, women do not have to press charges…it is one of those areas where just the suspicion is enough.
Women’s rights groups have long fought for the fact that abused women often do not report, or will not report the abuse, so the system is now set up where suspected abuse is enough for a D.A. to make a move.

right2bright on July 31, 2013 at 2:23 PM

right2bright on July 31, 2013 at 2:23 PM

I know how the system is set up. I also know how it works in practise.

As I said, the DA is unlikely to proceed without the women although, if the heat gets high enough on local officials to do anything they can to get Filner out of office, they may press charges. It will be a political, not legal, decision.

Resist We Much on July 31, 2013 at 2:25 PM

He was only emulating his Senate buddies Biden and Kennedy of the Waitress sandwich routine.

chemman on July 31, 2013 at 2:27 PM

The Dems didn’t just enable Filner. They threatened to ruin any fellow Dem who spoke out against his crimes. Put them in jail with him.

Christien on July 31, 2013 at 2:32 PM

chemman on July 31, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Correction Dodd not Biden. Biden is so stupid he would have ended up in the middle.

chemman on July 31, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Tell us again how stay-at-home-moms aren’t real working women, Hilary.

Red Cloud on July 31, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Meanwhile, Pelosi says caring for your children is a burden. These Dems just can’t make up their minds.

CJ on July 31, 2013 at 3:10 PM

Members of Congress who served with this reprobate ‘suspected’ of his serial sexual harassment – and did what about it? Nothing.

The majority of the San Diego lamestream media knew about this reprobate’s serial sexual harassment, but only mentioned it amongst themselves in hushed tones at cocktail hour. What did they do about it? Nothing.

If one is a loyal party member, advocating and enacting the progressive agenda, one gets a pass regardless on one’s behavior.

Loyalty to the agenda trumps all….and this is the same party that seeks to lecture the American people on moralty (of income fairness), the rights of women and children (while covering for misogynostic criminals and advocating infanticide), and projecting their ethical, fiscal, and intellectual bankruptcy on all those who oppose them?

Athos on July 31, 2013 at 3:35 PM

The audacity of this guy is just amazing. No Bud Dwyer here.

pencotron on July 31, 2013 at 5:08 PM

What did Nancy Pelosi know, and when did she know it?

melchitt on July 31, 2013 at 7:10 PM