Filner valediction: Don’t forget who the victim is here

posted at 7:01 pm on August 24, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

As predicted, Bob Filner resigned as mayor of San Diego yesterday — and showed as much class going out as he did when sticking around. He tearfully apologized for his indiscretions in his statement, but then insisted that they weren’t sexual harassment — and that the effort to force his resignation amounted to a “coup”:

This clip captures what really is a non-apology apology, offering regrets for “putting the city through this,” and apologizing if women found his behavior offensive. That’s not an admission that he behaved offensively — it’s a “sorry if you were offended” statement. Of course, Filner may face an avalanche of lawsuits, so he has to be careful about making any public admissions that may be used in court against him.

That doesn’t explain the demands for his ouster over his behavior being explained in hysterical terms as a “coup,” though:

A short time later, though, Filner went on the defensive. While admitting that his behavior toward women was inappropriate at times, he insisted that he “never sexually harassed anyone.”

In the process of “trying to establish personal relationships,” the mayor explained, “the combination of awkwardness and hubris, I think, led to behavior that many found offensive.” He added, “Not one allegation … has ever been independently verified or proven in court.”

“But the hysteria that has been created … is the hysteria of a lynch mob,” Filner said, criticizing an environment in which “rumors become allegations, allegations become facts, facts become evidence of sexual harassment which have led to demands for my resignation and recall.”

Blasting politicians and members of the media who “unleashed a monster,” the mayor said, “The hysteria ended up playing into the hands of those who wanted a political coup — the removal of a democratically elected mayor purely by rumor and innuendo.”

“They found the weapons they needed in my own failures as a human being,” Filner said of “well-organized interests” opposed to him. “But they found with those weapons and they used them, in a bloody and vicious way.”

Oh, please. Filner could have prevailed in court on public funding for his defense, and he didn’t have to resign.  Filner quit because he had no political cover any longer, and because the recall effort to remove him had a good chance of success — with no more leverage to cut a deal for some kind of indemnity against the judgments likely to come in court.  He got the city to drop its own lawsuit against him in the meantime as part of the agreement, although it doesn’t appear to have any impact on the criminal investigation by the state Attorney General’s office, which they confirmed after the resignation.

Even at this late stage, Filner hasn’t learned to keep his mouth shut, it seems.


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…coup your hand Bob!

KOOLAID2 on August 24, 2013 at 7:05 PM

…thank goodness!…no more pictures…of that face!

KOOLAID2 on August 24, 2013 at 7:08 PM

What an asshat. Blame everyone else, sticking to the playbook isn’t he?

major dad on August 24, 2013 at 7:10 PM

You can’t make this sh*t up.

myiq2xu on August 24, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Even at this late stage, Filner hasn’t learned to keep his mouth shut, it seems.

it’s that mouth!…we’ll be happy to not see anymore!

KOOLAID2 on August 24, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Filner, like Obama has no “class”.

GarandFan on August 24, 2013 at 7:18 PM

And one more example of how our nation has become a bunch of pansies. Not one swinging Richard at this sad little spectacle goodbye show rose and called him out to his face. That would be unseemly—-way worse than tittie, ass and cooter grabbin.

arnold ziffel on August 24, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Shorter Filner: “Sorry if you don’t like unwanted groping”

What’s next, a move to New York city and a run for office? Maybe AllahPundit can get us a list of political offices that are going to open up next year.

rbj on August 24, 2013 at 7:20 PM

What would have been the basis for such a coup if he is innocent of serial harrassment? Was he running San Diego any worse than any other Democrat would have?

Cindy Munford on August 24, 2013 at 7:20 PM

I read San Diego’s city business was in a quagmire since he took office.All groping aside,he was setting things up to steal all he could.

docflash on August 24, 2013 at 7:54 PM

In the process of “trying to establish personal relationships,” the mayor explained, “the combination of awkwardness and hubris, I think, led to behavior that many found offensive.” He added, “Not one allegation … has ever been independently verified or proven in court.”

Let me get this straight, the guy’s 70 and a professional politician. And he’s never learned how to establish personal relationships without awkwardness and hubris? And of course, nothing gets awkwardness out of the way quicker than telling your subordinate to go panty-free.

My guess is the guy has been doing this for years and it finally caught up with him. Filner’s name may be Bob but he definitely is more of a Dick.

Happy Nomad on August 24, 2013 at 8:00 PM

“They found the weapons they needed in my own failures as a human being,” Filner said of “well-organized interests” opposed to him.

“Well-organized interests”? Is that the same as “vast right wing conspiracy”?
Filner hasn’t actually watched the GOP in action lately, has he?

lynncgb on August 24, 2013 at 8:01 PM

I read San Diego’s city business was in a quagmire since he took office.All groping aside,he was setting things up to steal all he could.

docflash on August 24, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Isn’t that just like a Demonrat. The looting begins even before the celebratory confetti is swept up.

Happy Nomad on August 24, 2013 at 8:02 PM

Filner is exhibiting all the “tells” of an unrepentant sexual predator. He basically is saying “I did nothing wrong, it’s all your fault I’m in trouble, and I’m not going to change”.

Here in OH, Angel Castro’s statement when sent up for about a millennium for holding three women as sex slaves for ten years amounted to “I’m a hot property, they enjoyed it, and anyway, I’m just not like you so you have no business judging me”.

It’s about time we got over the delusion that sexual predators, of any sort, can be rehabilitated. The fact is, they don’t want to be because they think there’s nothing wrong with them; it’s just everybody else who cannot comprehend their true greatness.

I wonder if the reason this doesn’t often come out is because too many politicians recognize the similarity in philosophy to their own, and don’t want the public putting two and two together.

That would interfere with the “screwing”, in more ways than one.

clear ether

eon

eon on August 24, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Douche, meet bag.

Bruce MacMahon on August 24, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Last time I saw a mouth like that it had a hook in it.

Lanceman on August 24, 2013 at 8:06 PM

it’s a “sorry if you were offended” statement.

Also known as the “Jane Fonda apology”.

Fenris on August 24, 2013 at 8:07 PM

First I’ve heard of this ex-fiancee who broke it off for verbal abuse and sexting. Granted, I haven’t spent much effort trying to find out about the guy who went to Congress as the “honest one” following Duke Cunningham.

Happy Nomad on August 24, 2013 at 8:11 PM

That doesn’t explain the demands for his ouster over his behavior being explained in hysterical terms as a “coup,” though…

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“Hah! Maybe he would prefer that we think of him as a ‘sedan’!” – Barry Ø’Bama

ExpressoBold on August 24, 2013 at 8:14 PM

First I’ve heard of this ex-fiancee who broke it off for verbal abuse and sexting. Granted, I haven’t spent much effort trying to find out about the guy who went to Congress as the “honest one” following Duke Cunningham.

Happy Nomad on August 24, 2013 at 8:11 PM

It gets worse. She’s liberal, and when asked about the whole thing, she said “We could have done a lot.” and lamented that San Diego’s first Democratic mayor in recent memory had damaged the brand.

“To have a Democratic mayor in a city that’s constantly run by Republicans,” she said, “was very exciting to a lot of us and we had big plans.”

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-filner-fiancee-20130823,0,5955790.story

unclesmrgol on August 24, 2013 at 8:17 PM

San Diego’s pervert mayor Bob Filner resigns, and calls it a “political coup.” Great! If it was a coup then he won’t get any federal aid!

Colony14 on August 24, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Putrid human being. P-u-trid.

rrpjr on August 24, 2013 at 8:25 PM

That’s how democrats say “I’m an egocentric, self-absorbed, delusional douchebag.”

deimos on August 24, 2013 at 8:25 PM

arnold ziffel on August 24, 2013 at 7:19 PM

My favorite little piggy. Lolz! ; )

Bmore on August 24, 2013 at 8:25 PM

I hate to bust on my own gender but if this has been going on for thirty years, why the silence? Is it possible that earlier he may have been better looking (trying really hard to imagine that) or that women thought he had the potential to be politically powerful. I am a bit freaked out about the quote unclesmrgol has up there about their “big plans”. I would have been hiding the silverware.

Cindy Munford on August 24, 2013 at 8:28 PM

I have two for sale.

Cindy Munford on August 24, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Which two? What are they? And this just in; You know where I am. To enjoy this evening on the porch. The porch wood stove is blazing. Unbelievable.

Bmore on August 24, 2013 at 8:31 PM

Oh, sorry, OT

Bmore on August 24, 2013 at 8:31 PM

“To have a Democratic mayor in a city that’s constantly run by Republicans,” she said, “was very exciting to a lot of us and we had big plans.”

unclesmrgol on August 24, 2013 at 8:17 PM

I’m sure they did have big plans. Notice how the minute it was clear that the “brand” had been damaged she dumped him?

Weiner’s wife is next once this NYC Mayor’s race farce is over. She didn’t work that hard to be a political gold-digger to keep her wagon hitched to an ass that is going nowhere. I’m positive that when she said that she was in a place that she could get beyond her husband’s creepy selfies and sexting that she was referring to Gracie Mansion.

Happy Nomad on August 24, 2013 at 8:32 PM

That’s how democrats say “I’m an egocentric, self-absorbed, delusional douchebag.”

deimos on August 24, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Yeah, awkward and hubris cover a lot of territory.

Happy Nomad on August 24, 2013 at 8:34 PM

Good riddance to the sleazebag.

PatriotGal2257 on August 24, 2013 at 8:45 PM

Someone should photoshop that picture of him onto the dem party jackass symbol. Truly is the face of the new democrat party…immorality reigns…..

crosshugger on August 24, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Bmore on August 24, 2013 at 8:31 PM

It sounds delightful though odd for August. The bikes are in Virginia, both are Harleys a 2003 Dyna that looks like this. and a newer Road King. I can’t remember what year that is, both low mileage. I believe the Road King is black.

Cindy Munford on August 24, 2013 at 9:34 PM

Bmore on August 24, 2013 at 8:31 PM

I answered your email.

Cindy Munford on August 24, 2013 at 10:11 PM

This douchebag was in Congress for 20 years and an a-hole buddy of Nasty Pelosi.

Paging Nasty Pelosi: Was this the swamp you were going to drain way back when? Oh…yeah….Filthy Filner was in your caucus back then and all the way up until last year…

The question of the day: For the past 20 years, Pelosi and Filner were in Congress together.

What did Nancy Pelosi know about Filner’s abuse, and when did she know it?

glcinpdx on August 25, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Nixon had more class.

apostic on August 25, 2013 at 1:54 AM

glcinpdx on August 25, 2013 at 12:30 AM

These political body lice are always infesting our system. They aren’t really good people then all of a sudden develop a “problem”. There’s too many of them for the Average Joe to keep up with and we don’t hear about them until they just happen to get make it into the headlines via some kind of random event of chance.

When people get caught doing bad things and there’s some kind of comeuppance for them, we breathe a sigh of relief and think that justice has been done. But they’re always just the tip of the iceberg. There’s always many, many more that we don’t know about engaged in all manner of moral indecencies and crimes.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 25, 2013 at 6:38 AM

From the Leftist glossary:

Democracy: A grassroots uprising of outraged citizens leads to the recall or resignation of a Republican official. Synonyms include “The People have spoken”, “the voice of The People”, and “The People demanded better”

Coup: A grassroots uprising of outraged citizens leads to the recall or resignation of a Democratic official. Synonyms include “overthrow”, “overturning the election”, “ignoring the will of The People”, and “undermining the democratic process”

JimLennon on August 25, 2013 at 8:04 AM

The question of the day: For the past 20 years, Pelosi and Filner were in Congress together.

What did Nancy Pelosi know about Filner’s abuse, and when did she know it?

glcinpdx on August 25, 2013 at 12:30 AM

All this time Pelosi was going commando just to shut Filner up.

JimLennon on August 25, 2013 at 8:07 AM

I would imagine that there are hundreds of women today who are relieved that they don’t have to come forward and join those who have already ‘outed’ themselves as being groped by this privileged, protected politician. This had to be an open secret within the Democratic Party that must go back to his Congressman days.

Eventually, even the National Organization for Women had to pull their endorsement of Filner and dump him after his planned two weeks of sexual harassment therapy was abruptly cut short…he must have objected to the part with the cattle prod.

Uniblogger on August 25, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Depends on what the definition of is is. He didn’t get any, so it wasn’t sexual. This dirt bag got outta town with his wallet intact and the voters chumps get to pay for his nonsexual at time harassment.

Kissmygrits on August 25, 2013 at 9:01 AM

If he had blathered all this while absent-mindedly rolling small metal balls in his hand and mumbling how he had hidden the key to prevent them all from getting into the strawberries, I would have not have been the least bit surprised.

pilamaye on August 25, 2013 at 9:17 AM

just another horny, gross, disgusting DemocRAT TRYING to have his way with women. And who invented this War on Women thingy???

mmcnamer1 on August 25, 2013 at 9:40 AM

What did Nancy Pelosi know about Filner’s abuse, and when did she know it?

glcinpdx on August 25, 2013 at 12:30 AM

Ugh, there’s an image to ruin the morning.

PXCharon on August 25, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Agreement.
The citizens of San Diego should be angry.

TimBuk3 on August 25, 2013 at 12:11 PM

You know, I will grant that Filner needed to go, but I’m increasingly unhappy with this trial by social media, and the resulting un-legal verdicts and pressure to punish – and then the ensuing punishments meted out – without recourse to proof or the legal system or anything that would indicate that lady justice with or without her blindfold had anything to do with it.

The two huge examples before Mr. Filner was forced out of his office are George Zimmerman and Paula Deen. Paula Deen was hung high and left to spin slowly in the media breezes, mostly by TMZ as far as I can see. Her crime? She *may* have used a word 20 or 30 years ago that is frowned upon now. So she’s had her name dragged through the mud and has lost a *lot* of the business she’s spent a lifetime building up.

Mr. Zimmerman’s case is familiar to everyone, so I won’t list the various details, but just mention that it was solely driven by media pressure *and* that said media pressure was frequently made-up not-truths.

Mr. Filner says he feels like he’s been lynched. I agree. If you can get Gloria Allred to represent you, then you’ve already won a settlement in the millions before any public trial or presentation of actual facts.

There’s something wrong with a system where edited-to-look-bad NBC graphics or TMZ or Gloria Allred can be allowed to try in public, convict on-line, and determine a punishment whether just or unjust with *no* input from a jury of one’s peers. Or when a jury decides innocence then the same social media pooh-pooh it and insist on more and harder punishment.

Maybe our justice system is the failure here. That it takes so long to try a case with so many loop holes and the possibility of an OJ-stupid jury that the silent majority of Americans are willing to cede responsibility to the public pressure brought by screaming headlines and threatened boycotts. But personally, I resent having my ability to determine guilt or innocence taken over by Harvey Levin and TMZ, and being told that I *have* to judge as innocent anyone who is homosexual, black, or female.

NahnCee on August 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM

NahnCee on August 25, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Fine let him stand trial for the harassment crimes.

Kenosha Kid on August 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Kenosha — exactly. That’s what trials are for — presentation of facts and then a verdict by 12 people who have been paying attention. Why aren’t we doing this any more?

NahnCee on August 25, 2013 at 1:08 PM

If bad breath had a personification (i.e. Jack Frost, Mother Nature, etc….), this is it.

CurtZHP on August 25, 2013 at 1:22 PM

NahnCee on August 25, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Taking the Zimmerman trial for example:

http://www.google.com/trends/explore?q=filner#q=Zimmerman&geo=US&date=1%2F2012%2021m&gprop=news&cmpt=q

The news (persuasion) media activity peaked during the (show) trial.

Kenosha Kid on August 25, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Though, on balance, using “Trayvon” search term (vs. “Zimmerman” in the link above), the peaks came around the time of his death.

Anyway, while a trial is the right way to settle the matter, it is also fertile ground for further, continued persuasion and extra-legal judgement in the media.

Kenosha Kid on August 25, 2013 at 1:40 PM

@NancyPelosi demanded Chris Lee resign 4 1 one shirtless pix. It took 14 victims b4 she demanded #FilthyFilner resign.

#WarOnWomen

#Caring

Resist We Much on August 25, 2013 at 3:49 PM

@DEBBIEWASSERMAN demanded Mark Foley & Chris Lee resign. Debbie Does Mute on #Weiner. https://twitter.com/SophieRo3/status/371723126612041728/photo/1

#WarOnWomen

#SoNotCaring

Resist We Much on August 25, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Lots more to come on the Bob saga. The criminal stuff will out.

StevC on August 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM

I surely hope that the city doesn’t have to spend any more time or money on this horrendous person.

“I will try to make amends in any suitable manner”

Great to hear it, Bob. The “only suitable manner” includes permanent removal from public office, accepting your guilt and the consequences in every civil suit to come, and then permitting us to never have to think about you again.

Freelancer on August 26, 2013 at 4:13 PM