San Diego: We’ve reached an agreement to settle Filner scandal; Update: Done deal — Filner’s out

posted at 8:41 am on August 22, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The San Diego city council announced late yesterday that their mediation attempts have produced a settlement of the scandal surrounding Mayor Bob Filner.  However, the settlement agreement won’t be announced until tomorrow, leaving plenty of room for speculation:

City officials announced Wednesday night that mediation has resulted in a proposal aimed at ending the scandal that has gripped the city since women began accusing Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment.

At issue during the mediation has been whether Filner would resign in exchange for financial assistance in paying his legal bills and any judgment from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him by attorney Gloria Allred on behalf of Irene McCormack Jackson, Filner’s former director of communications.

The announcement that a proposal had been reached by all sides was made by City Atty. Jan Goldsmith after a third day of mediation.

Goldsmith was flanked by two deputy city attorneys, three attorneys for Filner and two members of the City Council. Filner was not present. Goldsmith said no details would be revealed until the City Council votes on the proposal Friday in closed-session.

This sounds a lot like they found the magic formula to make Filner disappear.  With Gloria Allred in the mix, no agreement would be possible that leaves Filner in office — and besides, all nine council members have publicly called for his resignation.  That would explain Filner’s absence from the announcement, too, as he’s been insisting all along that he’ll never resign his office.

What changed? The city has refused to pay any of Filner’s legal fees, but that may not have been a sustainable position.  The applicable law covers Filner’s costs for any legal issues related to his official duties (unlike in Alaska, which was why Sarah Palin found herself in a financial vise over the bogus ethics complaints).  The city argued that sexual harassment didn’t fall under that umbrella, but they may well have lost that argument in court — and it would have just added to the circus, and extended it for months or years longer, too.

Better to pay the legal fees and get rid of Filner, if that’s indeed the agreement.  San Diego residents had better hope that Filner didn’t twist their arms to hold the city responsible for the damages in such suits, but even then, the cost might be worth it to get Filner out of office and get city government back to normal.

The LA Times notes one indication that this is truly the end:

Late Wednesday night, an aide to a City Council member posted a video showing Filner loading boxes into an SUV, possibly after cleaning out his office.

Sounds like an exit will be forthcoming.

Update (AP): Confirmed: Bob Filner to harass future women as a civilian.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has agreed to resign as part of a deal reached this week with city officials, NBC 7 News has learned.

Filner, spotted leaving City Hall with packing boxes Wednesday night, will formally vacate the office following a closed session of City Council Friday, according to several sources.

You don’t see many resignations in disgrace anymore, but the 18th accuser had just come forward and the DNC was planning to vote on a formal rebuke calling on him to quit later this week. And, per Ace, the media was starting to sniff around charges of old-fashioned financial corruption too. The end:


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Go away, go away, go away…

OmahaConservative on August 22, 2013 at 8:47 AM

Just in time for him to move East and go against the other two pervs running for mayor of NYC.

Liam on August 22, 2013 at 8:48 AM

San Diego: We’ve reached an agreement to settle Filner scandal

So you’ve finally agreed to go to dinner with him, but just this one time, right?

forest on August 22, 2013 at 8:48 AM

What changed? The city has refused to pay any of Filner’s legal fees, but that may not have been a sustainable position. The applicable law covers Filner’s costs for any legal issues related to his official duties (unlike in Alaska, which was why Sarah Palin found herself in a financial vise over the bogus ethics complaints).

Chumming the water… Oh, Bluegill?

PointnClick on August 22, 2013 at 8:49 AM

We’re running him against Hillary in the primaries just to prove to the GOP they’re pretty much powerless and we’re in control.

We don’t care what our politicians do. We love them and need them to beat you knuckle-dragging socon Republicans.

hawkdriver on August 22, 2013 at 8:50 AM

He’d be a great President.

FILNER 2016!!

Could he be worse than what we have now?

PappyD61 on August 22, 2013 at 8:52 AM

…..and I’m guessing if he did run for President in 2016, the gop couldn’t field a candidate that could beat him.

truth to power.

PappyD61 on August 22, 2013 at 8:53 AM

….and the gop consultant class of Karl Rove, Nicole Wallace, Steve Schmidt and all other McCain/Bush/Romney losers would tell the gop nominee in 2016 against Filner to “stay away from the assault stuff” it alienates women, hispanics and moderates.

truth to power.

PappyD61 on August 22, 2013 at 8:55 AM

The city of San Diego is going to be paying millions in legal fees and lawsuit settlements. For bribing Filner into resigning- congrats or something.

Happy Nomad on August 22, 2013 at 8:56 AM

Why hasn’t he been arrested and charged with assault, like us peons would have been?

rbj on August 22, 2013 at 8:59 AM

San Diego: We’ve reached an agreement to settle Filner scandal

“Reportedly” the deal would force Filner to resign, in
exchange for him having access to all female mannequins
in store windows, and tree knot holes to do with as he sees fit….

ToddPA on August 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM

I think the City of San Diego should sue the major news outlets in San Diego for not doing their job in reporting about this candidate in 2012.

esr1951 on August 22, 2013 at 9:02 AM

So now the SD city council is in closed door sessions to see what fees[taxes]they can raise to pay for this.

docflash on August 22, 2013 at 9:03 AM

He’s being promoted to Obama’s Department of Gender Appreciation in the Workplace

RedRedRice on August 22, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Bill Clinton shoved cigars up in little chubby girls never lands then smoked them. Milner is a school nurse compared with the big boys…

patman77 on August 22, 2013 at 9:04 AM

This was the DNC’s plan all along:

Draft a resolution demanding Filner’s resignation
Get Filner to negotiate a settlement to end the dispute
Never vote on the resolution

Filner’s gone, no one has to be publicly rebuked, and the “war on women” meme is not tarnished.

blammm on August 22, 2013 at 9:08 AM

“Reportedly” the deal would force Filner to resign, in
exchange for him having access to all female mannequins
in store windows, and tree knot holes to do with as he sees fit….

ToddPA on August 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Kennedy and Dodd used to do waitress sandwiches.

If Filner moves to NY, he and the other two pervs there can make a ‘stackable’ — Wiener distracts with a show-out, Filner gropes to raise the temperature, and Spitzer can negotiate the final price.

Liam on August 22, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Milner is a school nurse compared with the big boys…

patman77 on August 22, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Yeah, panty-free employees is pretty tame compared to more successful Demonrat politicians.

Happy Nomad on August 22, 2013 at 9:10 AM

OT- Alan West on local talk radio. Thinks that Manning should just “man up” and be grateful he got as light a sentence as he did. Had outstanding things to say about the new OK shooting that shall not be spoken of. Isn’t a fan of Obama’s foreign policy in the middle east.

Happy Nomad on August 22, 2013 at 9:17 AM

“Reportedly” the deal would force Filner to resign, in
exchange for him having access to all female mannequins
in store windows, and tree knot holes to do with as he sees fit….

ToddPA on August 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Kennedy and Dodd used to do waitress sandwiches.

If Filner moves to NY, he and the other two pervs there can make a ‘stackable’ — Wiener distracts with a show-out, Filner gropes to raise the temperature, and Spitzer can negotiate the final price.

Liam on August 22, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Sounds like a Broadway Production.

ToddPA on August 22, 2013 at 9:18 AM

This pervert has direct ties to every National Liberal in office. If Filner was a Republican, Democrats would run uncontested in 2014. Meanwhile, Republicans don’t realize half the Country believes Cleopatra still rules Egypt

drivingtheview on August 22, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Late Wednesday night, an aide to a City Council member posted a video showing Filner loading boxes into an SUV, possibly after cleaning out his office.

Awww, don’t you feel sorry for the guy?

No? Not even a little bit?

Nothing?

Yeah, me neither.

Chris of Rights on August 22, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Maddow: “Filner? Who?”

BobMbx on August 22, 2013 at 9:58 AM

The Party of Women™.

Jeff Weimer on August 22, 2013 at 10:02 AM

half the Country believes Cleopatra still rules Egypt

drivingtheview on August 22, 2013 at 9:24 AM

She doesn’t? When did that happen? I suppose next you’re going to tell me they closed Rick’s cafe and Inglourious Basterds is a documentary.

I’m going back to sleep.

platypus on August 22, 2013 at 10:03 AM

The city of San Diego is going to be paying millions in legal fees and lawsuit settlements. For bribing Filner into resigning- congrats or something.

Happy Nomad on August 22, 2013 at 8:56 AM

I’m not so sure it will be millions Happy. I’ve been following closely, including input from a number of attorneys. Consensus is that Jackson’s case would be worth perhaps 1/2 mil if it went to court. Certainly other costs are at play here, including the Rat’s upcoming pension. The judge that did the mediation was pro-bono, and of course the City attorney is already on the payroll. I spoke to Allred briefly this past Sunday, hard to read, but in spite of her ambulance chasing bonofides, I had the impression the notoriety of bringing down the Hugger was priority 1.
You can bet I will be downtown for the Friday announcement. Not to get ahead of myself, but I did put a nice bottle of champagne in the fridge last night. Yeah, it’s personal.

JusDreamin on August 22, 2013 at 10:08 AM

I can see the “Robert Dwyer” exit strategy working for nearly everybody.

J_Crater on August 22, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Book Deal?

TimBuk3 on August 22, 2013 at 10:16 AM

I’m an SD resident and am still shocked the unions and other groups stood by as this ship sank..

I hope republicans remind the voters time and time again about how their (unions) collusion enabled this debacle to contiunue long past the time it should have taken.

theblacksheepwasright on August 22, 2013 at 10:21 AM

War on Women:

So the “laws and rules in place” reward a sexual predator with financial compensation, in order to make him leave…

Odie1941 on August 22, 2013 at 10:24 AM

I’m really tired of his creepy picture.

lilacs on August 22, 2013 at 10:51 AM

….and the gop consultant class of Karl Rove, Nicole Wallace, Steve Schmidt and all other McCain/Bush/Romney losers would tell the gop nominee in 2016 against Filner to “stay away from the assault stuff” it alienates women, hispanics and moderates.

truth to power.

PappyD61 on August 22, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Pappy, you are unfortunately right. These people have no courage.

lilacs on August 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Mayor Filner, PLEASE STAY!! Fight the power!!

————-

Going out for another truckload of popcorn…

Khun Joe on August 22, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Awww, don’t you feel sorry for the guy?

No? Not even a little bit?

Nothing?

Yeah, me neither.

Chris of Rights on August 22, 2013 at 9:45 AM

I’ve been told I can be a bit of a sloppy, sappy drunk.
Can you ask again, late Saturday night?

socalcon on August 22, 2013 at 12:16 PM

This sounds a lot like they found the magic formula to make Filner disappear.

Lesson: if you are a D, be a swine, do whatever pleases you, and the taxpayers are stuck with the bill.

Leftists are all latrine-rats. This is payback for being one.

Work harder…and see what you get and what your children learn?

Schadenfreude on August 22, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Agreement should include plastic surgery. Gotta fix that grill! 1st Team All Ugly!

StevC on August 22, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Now he can run as Hillary’s VP.

Schadenfreude on August 22, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Clinton-Filner in 2016!
What’s to worry?
He’s just a Little-Bill.

Another Drew on August 22, 2013 at 12:35 PM

2 local SD news stations now confirming Mayor “just a hugger” will resign on Friday. I’m going to party hard.

JusDreamin on August 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Why hasn’t he been arrested and charged with assault, like us peons would have been?

rbj on August 22, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Because he is a Democrat elected/appointed official and a former member of Congress. In the United States, either equals de facto immunity from the law.

Subotai Bahadur on August 22, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Update (AP): Confirmed: Bob Filner to harass future women as a civilian.

For now – he can run as Hillary’s VP. He ain’t gon’ harrass the scumhag.

“For now”

True words.

Schadenfreude on August 22, 2013 at 2:16 PM

“The end”

…for now, true words

Schadenfreude on August 22, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Way to go!!!

Work harder taxpayers. Gloria needs new purses and shoes.

The hypocritical feminazzis are mostly all sows.

Schadenfreude on August 22, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Forget Filner. The Democratics’ cover-up of his crimes over the years is the real story, as they were essentially dragged kicking and screaming by the court of public opinion to the reluctant decision to cut him loose.

Christien on August 22, 2013 at 2:20 PM

You won’t have Bob Filner to kick around anymore.

Chris of Rights on August 22, 2013 at 2:23 PM

The irony here is for the group of Republicans that sat the election out (I know of many) because the Republican candidate was a “gay sexual deviant” (their words)…ended up with a sexual deviant (but thankfully not gay)..who is resigning to be replaced on an interim basis by a gay sexual deviant.

We even had a poster here from La Jolla saying they were glad Filner was not their mayor and they would never spend any money in the City of San Diego…..obviously, and sadly unaware that La Jolla IS in the City of San Diego…and Filner was THEIR mayor as well.

LIVs all around here..but this is California. Can’t wait to leave.

oceansidecon on August 22, 2013 at 2:25 PM

I’ve been told I can be a bit of a sloppy, sappy drunk.
Can you ask again, late Saturday night?

socalcon on August 22, 2013 at 12:16 PM

I’ll see what I can do.

Chris of Rights on August 22, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Lay low for a couple of years, attend counseling sessions, run for Governor. Amirite?

Mallard T. Drake on August 22, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Why hasn’t he been arrested and charged with assault, like us peons would have been?

rbj on August 22, 2013 at 8:59 AM

You do have to wonder. Only lobbies put so much effort into finding a way to use taxpayer money to get their slime to go away – they should have had him arrested and tried for being a pervert.

katiejane on August 22, 2013 at 2:29 PM

resign as part of a deal reached this week with city officials,

I wonder what his severance package looks like. And yes, pun intended. What did they pay him ti resign?

Is he going to jail or not?

Patriot Vet on August 22, 2013 at 2:31 PM

I am sad.
I wanted him to stat.
Every moment of him in office was a moment of public hypocrisy shining on the Democrats over there so called war on women.

… That and I just made more popcorn.

Bubba Redneck on August 22, 2013 at 2:34 PM

…stay

Bubba Redneck on August 22, 2013 at 2:34 PM

The only difference between him and a typical democrat is that he resigned.

CurtZHP on August 22, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Say goodbye to the Mayor.

Say hello to Barky’s new Boob Czar.

NapaConservative on August 22, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Now he can run as Hillary’s VP.

Schadenfreude on August 22, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Lord knows that she adopts a defensive posture for perverts almost out of instinct now.

beatcanvas on August 22, 2013 at 3:58 PM

…..and I’m guessing if he did run for President in 2016, the gop couldn’t field a candidate that could beat him.

As long as he promised to steal ever increasing sums from people who work and give some to those who don’t, he could star in a reality show where he stuffed gerbils every week on live TV, and he’d still win a voting majority in today’s America.

Vote for us, or you’ll have to work for a living – That is the Democrat pitch in a nutshell, and it gets a majority of voters. Revolution is all there is left, boys.

Dirty Creature on August 22, 2013 at 4:21 PM

I’m gonna miss seeing his face here.

No, not really.

Ward Cleaver on August 22, 2013 at 4:42 PM

He’ll walk. With pocket’s full,…He’ll walk.

SMACKRUNNER on August 22, 2013 at 6:22 PM

He was offered a multi-million deal to play the villain in the next Batman movie. Follow the money, folks.

Decoski on August 23, 2013 at 1:17 AM

Other than perhaps risking losing some image when their big election to take all three branches of government is coming up (with this GOP they have three branches now)
This sexcapade scandal is merely what the left does best–desecrate God with lust. In the words of Bill Clinton’s supporters during Monicagate: “It’s just sex!”
Weiner too- it’s just inconvenient for Hillary at this time-otherwise they laugh, cheer and play these games all the time.
PS the morally corrupt on the right do it too, but not with the same skill, passion, worship, and approval that the lustful left does)
It’s a joke that they really care what he does.

Don L on August 23, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Not happy with this deal at all.

Of course I wanted him out of office yesterday, but the recall was already begun. Had he been removed via the recall, the city would have given up nothing, and would never have to cover his legal costs for the myriad civil suits he will now face.

With this “deal”, he goes away with no other punishment, and the citizens get abused one more time, by having to foot the bill for his legal defense.

Freelancer on August 24, 2013 at 1:28 PM