Bob Filner responds to recall petition: We’ll “go backwards” as a city if I’m ousted as mayor

posted at 4:41 pm on August 13, 2013 by Allahpundit

We must, he says, continue to “move forward.”

Here’s the real significance of the Filner saga: It’s honestly difficult to decide which is more pathological, his approach to women or his approach to power. It’d be one thing if he was claiming innocence and was determined not to be muscled out of office on a trumped-up charge, but he’s not claiming that. He’s admitted that he needs help for his behavior. He knows that prosecutors are looking into this. He knows, I assume, that the sheer volume of complaints from women has forced cops to set up a special hotline just for them. He knows that the locks on his office doors have been changed for mysterious, unspecified reasons. He knows there’s not a single Democrat in any position of real power willing to defend him anymore. And he knows that city government has been paralyzed by this clusterfark, and yet still — he’s going to force voters to remove him from office rather than resign. In light of the recent polls, he also surely knows that the result of the recall is a fait accompli. But still, he won’t go.

This job, or rather this status, must mean everything to him.

In the response, Filner provides a rundown of the accomplishments he’s made during his eight months in office, such as negotiating a five-year labor deal with city workers and removing cars from Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama.

“Now is not the time to go backwards — back to the time when middle-class jobs and neighborhood infrastructure were sacrificed to downtown special interests,” he wrote. “We need to continue to move forward.”

Filner ended the letter by saying, “As your mayor, I am committed to moving San Diego forward!”

The head of the recall effort replied, “Mayor Bob Filner obviously believes his policy initiatives excuse his being a sexual predator.” I wonder where Filner, a former Democratic congressman, got that idea.

Meanwhile, the legal case against him is progressing. This piqued my interest:

As federal, state and local officials investigate Mayor Bob Filner, Team 10 has learned that members of the mayor’s security detail have provided information to authorities, regarding the mayor taking different women to a popular downtown San Diego hotel…

After some digging, Team 10 obtained some of the mayor’s corporate credit card statements from parts of January, February and May of this year, detailing 6 different transactions at the Westgate Plaza Hotel between January 21 and February 7, then two more on May 10 and May 12 for a grand total of $511.06.

Still unclear: what was purchased or who it was purchased for.

Josh Marshall raised an eyebrow at that, as did I. The fact that cops want to know what he was doing at a hotel obviously suggests suspicions of criminal wrongdoing, but having an affair isn’t a crime. One obvious possibility is that he was following Spitzer’s lead and hiring hookers, but eight transactions at $511 comes out to less than 65 bucks on average. That’s an upscale hotel; rooms there aren’t that cheap. Could be that he was taking women to dinner there instead, in which case maybe they suspect he used his city credit card for personal business. Or, given that Filner allegedly told some of the women he came onto that he wanted to take them to dinner, maybe they’re looking for evidence that some of his victims agreed under duress, because they felt they’d be professionally damaged if they said no to the mayor. In that case, the receipts would be evidence that Filner followed through after pressuring women into agreeing to see him socially.

Update: It has, my friends, come to this.


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I haven’t even read the post yet, but that picture had me rolling AP. Way to demonstrate what most women got to see up close and personal like, heh.

Alinsky on August 13, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Retrograde motion towards a pre-pervert leader? Sounds worthwhile.

viking01 on August 13, 2013 at 4:46 PM

He’s a good progressive – why shouldn’t he be given a big pass? Just because he was caught? People have known about him for years. Lets not pretend like Democrat’s really care about this.

gwelf on August 13, 2013 at 4:46 PM

That sign Hooters put up was devised by Glenn Beck. He made a big deal about it, and put it up for download, last week. I didn’t think I’d actually see it anywhere, though, let alone at Hooters. Amazing.

WesternActor on August 13, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Creepy is as creepy does.

Galtian on August 13, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Update: It has, my friends, come to this.

When do you become John McCain.

RickB on August 13, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Maybe he’s holding out for a show on MSNBC?

myiq2xu on August 13, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Our elected officials need to lay off the lead paint chips and the inbreeding……. It`s making them insane.

ThePrez on August 13, 2013 at 4:51 PM

He’s not going anywhere…..at least not unless the people
of that city, AND the Republican Party there force him out
by making his Life a living hell….he’s still clinging to
the notion that this will all blow over. And it damn well
may, with the voter apathy we have in this country.

The funniest thing about this is Gloria Allred. If Filner
were an R, she would be on TV EVERY DAY.

ToddPA on August 13, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Can we send Bill Clinton to tell this guy how he was cured?

IlikedAUH2O on August 13, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Does he think that a recall would install Jerry Sanders, or something? Not great, but would be a major improvement.

besser tot als rot on August 13, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Maybe he’s holding out for a show on MSNBC?

myiq2xu on August 13, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Spitzer, Weiner, and Filner, plus Clintoon the infamous Fourth Stooge.

viking01 on August 13, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Taking into account Filner’s definition of ‘forward’, I say “reverse direction and back it up”.

listens2glenn on August 13, 2013 at 4:54 PM

yet still — he’s going to force voters to remove him from office rather than resign.

This was the guy who went to Congress in faux moral superiority because he was not Duke Cunningham and would never do anything to shame his constituency.

Leaving the potentially illegal behavior behind (it is a given the city will be paying millions in legal fees and settlements to Filner’s victims), could it be argued that Demonrats should support Filner in that they wouldn’t turn an alcoholic out of office for being a drunk. Why should a sex addict be treated differently?

Happy Nomad on August 13, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Who’s the only happy female Democrat in San Diego about this Filner mess? My guess would be Maureen O’Connor (former San Diego mayor, who in February 2013 was charged by the feds with money laundering).

besser tot als rot on August 13, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Wouldn’t “backwards” for San Diego mean a move away from bankruptcy?

antipc on August 13, 2013 at 4:56 PM

What predates the caveman era?

Resist We Much on August 13, 2013 at 4:57 PM

If he is delusional enough to think that every woman in the world is ready to jump into bed with him he is also delusional enough to think that the voters won’t toss him out in a recall.

Mark1971 on August 13, 2013 at 4:58 PM

What predates the caveman era?

Resist We Much on August 13, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Homo Erectus

ToddPA on August 13, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Maybe Roger Hedgecock would agree to fill in until a new mayor could be elected.

NOMOBO on August 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM

OT – Sophie, did you see the link with Russian painter pics? Posted in the Benghazi/arms thread for you.

Filner makes the Devil look good, in the picture up front and for his being.

Schadenfreude on August 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM

“Mayor Bob Filner obviously believes his policy initiatives excuse his being a sexual predator.”

But, but, but abortion-on-demand!

Resist We Much on August 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM

What predates the caveman era?

Resist We Much on August 13, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Homo Erectus

ToddPA on August 13, 2013 at 4:59 PM

lol

No, Schad, I haven’t seen them.

Resist We Much on August 13, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Maybe Roger Hedgecock would agree to fill in until a new mayor could be elected.

NOMOBO on August 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM

I suspect most San Diegans would be willing to see Shamu from SeaWorld as a replacement.

Happy Nomad on August 13, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Bend Forward!!

Shepherd Lover on August 13, 2013 at 5:03 PM

What predates the caveman era?

Resist We Much on August 13, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Homo habilis

Schadenfreude on August 13, 2013 at 5:04 PM

This is not much different from the liberals supporting Slick in spite of his rapes, sexual assaults, and perjury and contempt of court over those acts. Remember there were feminists that even offered Slick continued blow jobs “because of all he had done for abortion rights”.

Filner is just asking for equal consideration.

slickwillie2001 on August 13, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Sophie, for you.

Schadenfreude on August 13, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Clinton approved!

CW on August 13, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Let him stay mayor or he’ll just stay mayor anyway.
 
- Rubio

rogerb on August 13, 2013 at 5:06 PM

accomplishments he’s made during his eight months in office

Being the first mayor in history to be brought up on charges in less than a year of being in office?

Being the first politician to grope and harass women in Federal and State office?

At least those are the ones that come to mind.

Patriot Vet on August 13, 2013 at 5:06 PM

He should remain in office to be a shitload for the Ds.

Schadenfreude on August 13, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Time to start the over/under clock for Bob Filner doing porno.

TexasDan on August 13, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Backwards to ethical public officials.
Backwards to accountability.
Backwards to common decency.

Exactly what is it that “progressives” are progressing towards that Filner says we must not impede?

Socratease on August 13, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Maybe he’s holding out for a show on MSNBC?

myiq2xu on August 13, 2013 at 4:49 PM

MSDNC, especially Morning Joe, has portrayed Filner as a Republican.

sentinelrules on August 13, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Dude has a creepy turtle face.

Where is Rachel Maddow on this issue?

Key West Reader on August 13, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Exactly what is it that “progressives” are progressing towards that Filner says we must not impede?

Socratease on August 13, 2013 at 5:12 PM

The respected doctrine of creepy grabby hands and texting weiners.

/get with the program. if you’re a dem you’re in the clear. If your on the other side… nuclear war.

Key West Reader on August 13, 2013 at 5:20 PM

One obvious possibility is that he was following Spitzer’s lead and hiring hookers, but eight transactions at $511 comes out to less than 65 bucks on average.

Dayumn! that’s less than the gov’t rate….

ted c on August 13, 2013 at 5:20 PM

“Mayor Bob Filner obviously believes his policy initiatives excuse his being a sexual predator.” I wonder where Filner, a former Democratic congressman, got that idea.

zinggggggggggggggg!

kunegetikos on August 13, 2013 at 5:22 PM

What predates the caveman era?

Resist We Much on August 13, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Homo Erectus

ToddPA on August 13, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Wait! How did Anthony Weiner pop up in this story?

Tom Servo on August 13, 2013 at 5:22 PM

rogerb on August 13, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Ha! Well played.

change is for suckers on August 13, 2013 at 5:29 PM

************FilthyFilner DemoSexacrat Strikes Again *************!!

canopfor on August 13, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Here’s the real significance of the Filner saga: It’s honestly difficult to decide which is more pathological, his approach to women or his approach to power.
================================

Why yes,I see the delimma sumpins…………….

canopfor on August 13, 2013 at 5:36 PM

The head of the recall effort replied, “Mayor Bob Filner obviously believes his policy initiatives excuse his being a sexual predator.” I wonder where Filner, a former Democratic congressman, got that idea.

Classic. That would be from the entire Democrat world, which enabled Bill Clinton to stuff his schwanz in an intern’s mouth in the Oval Office, and even now celebrates him not only as President, but as a political leader for women.

And Hooters snaps it off, hard.

Jaibones on August 13, 2013 at 5:36 PM

The city was there long before Filner and will be there long after Filner is dead and gone and forgotten. He thinks it will go backward; well that’s a problem throughout government when these people think they are irreplaceable……they are not!

Pardonme on August 13, 2013 at 5:38 PM

Does the hotel have a “government rate” program?

Some otherwise fairly pricey ones do, and $60 to $70 isn’t uncommon.

krome on August 13, 2013 at 5:38 PM

The most striking aspect of this whole thing is the silence from the left, its media, and its women.

Wood Dragon on August 13, 2013 at 5:39 PM

From Frank Rich (!!!):

Washington may be a dysfunctional place to govern, but it’s working better than ever as a marketplace for cashing in. And that’s thanks, more than anything, to the Democratic Establishment.

The Stench of the Potomac

Resist We Much on August 13, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Please stop using this photo. Its highly disturbing

Realclearblue on August 13, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Another symptom of the rise of career politicians. What are the likes of Filner and Weiner going to do if they are not in or seeking office? They have no trade, no real skills. Both are living, breathing arguments for limited government.

I fondly recall living for a time in Wyoming where serving in the state legislature was truly a part time job. You deal with ranchers, doctors and small business owners who know what it is to work hard and appreciate the impact of their decisions. They didn’t hang on to their office at all costs because they had a day job.

MajorKong on August 13, 2013 at 6:02 PM

It’s so wonderful that these people think they are just the most capable and awesomest people in the history of mankind. I’m thinking we need a constitutional amendment that makes public service a punishment.

NotCoach on August 13, 2013 at 6:06 PM

We’ll “go backwards” as a city if I’m ousted as mayor

Hey, pervo. That ship sailed when your grimy hands grabbed its first unsuspecting booby.

locomotivebreath1901 on August 13, 2013 at 6:07 PM

As serious a topic as this is I’m surprised and disappointed that Allahpundit has not thrown in the occassional Anchorman quote. After all, 60% of the time…it works every time.

MajorKong on August 13, 2013 at 6:14 PM

The most striking aspect of this whole thing is the silence from the left, its media, and its women.

Wood Dragon on August 13, 2013 at 5:39 PM

It’s almost as if you are challenging Gloria Alred to show up. Please stop it. :0

Happy Nomad on August 13, 2013 at 6:21 PM

I just love that picture of him at the top of this post…I’m telling you…somebody is gonna make millions by turning that into a Halloween mask this year.

AUINSC on August 13, 2013 at 6:23 PM

I just love that picture of him at the top of this post…I’m telling you…somebody is gonna make millions by turning that into a Halloween mask this year.

AUINSC on August 13, 2013 at 6:23 PM

As long as they don’t make Barry masks, that would be so un-PC. For some reason. Whatever.

slickwillie2001 on August 13, 2013 at 6:39 PM

********************* Hooters Alert *************!!

San Diego mayor sexual harassment allegations 2013

San Diego Hooters place signs in restaurants saying Mayor Filner will not be served in establishment – @nbcsandiego

3 mins ago from http://www.nbcsandiego.com by editor
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http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/hooters-wont-serve–mayor-bob-filner-san-diego-219472401.html

canopfor on August 13, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Please stop using this photo. Its highly disturbing

Realclearblue on August 13, 2013 at 5:53 PM

You’ve heard the Jethro Tull song AquaLung…now you know what he looked like.

teejk on August 13, 2013 at 6:50 PM

I see he tossed in the dems new magic word,middle class.

docflash on August 13, 2013 at 6:54 PM

What’s pathological is the lefty-prog establishment ,most notably the institutional ‘feminists’, protecting Filner and dismissing his behavior based on his support for left-friendly social issue stances.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 13, 2013 at 7:10 PM

MY EYES! MY EYES!(SOB!!)

flackcatcher on August 13, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Please stop using this photo. Its highly disturbing

Realclearblue on August 13, 2013 at 5:53 PM

MY EYES! MY EYES!(SOB!!)

flackcatcher on August 13, 2013 at 7:18 PM

I’ll have to wait a few days until this post gets knocked down a few before I can visit again. Yikes, this man is creepy.

LaughterJones on August 13, 2013 at 7:27 PM

If this guy is part of the way forward and I were in San Diego, I’d be looking for the full reverse as fast as humanly possible.

And when did Filner become The Joker with make-up on?

ajacksonian on August 13, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Lean forward, young ladies!

unclesmrgol on August 13, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Put him on that one way flight to mars.

losarkos on August 13, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Here’s the real significance of the Filner saga: It’s honestly difficult to decide which is more pathological, his approach to women or his approach to power.

It’s the basic progressive mindset in action. (Ahem. Excuse the shouting, but it’s necessary);

I AM GOD!

YOU WILL OBEY!

All progressive “philosophy” stems from this statement.

And yes, the statement is fallacious to begin with.

clear ether

eon

eon on August 13, 2013 at 9:04 PM

WeinerFilner
2 0 1 6

KOOLAID2 on August 13, 2013 at 10:59 PM

If people like Filner get elected as Mayor, it has to make you wonder if such a job is even necessary. San Diego probably wants to go backwards – backwards to when he was not Mayor.

And unless Democrats want more of this, they had better nix his pension or prosecute him for his egregious crimes. They wont, but they cant then be surprised if they keep attracting slime to their ranks.

virgo on August 14, 2013 at 2:05 AM

Maybe that rodeo clown should have used his face mask instead of dear leader. Flo says it’s pret-ty scary.

Kissmygrits on August 14, 2013 at 9:11 AM

It’s time to MoveOn. This is just about sex.

Chris of Rights on August 15, 2013 at 9:48 AM