A CNN report on Sunday says that volunteers in San Diego have taken to the streets with petitions to be signed by those who want disgraced womanizer Mayor Bob Filner out of office. The timed-race is on for the volunteers to accumulate more than 101,000 signatures by Sept. 26 – giving them a little more than a month to complete their task.
The anti-Filner action is being taken after 16 women have stepped up to claim that the San Diego mayor has treated them inappropriately – one claiming he touched her derriere while another claiming that he put her in a headlock. The last woman to step up to complain is a 67-year-old great grandmother.
Thus far, 70-year-old Filner admitted to failing to fully respect the women who work for him and with him. He also claimed he was embarrassed by his actions. Yet, he says he will not step down.
Sunday was the first day of the official recall event, and high-profile attorney Gloria Allred was at a rally at San Diego’s City Hall to kick off the effort. She was accompanied by some of the women who have accused Filner of inappropriate, sexist behavior. Some protesters carried signs which sum up the petition-signing’s drive quite well: “Filner: Resign or Recall!”
Since the scandal hit the headlines, Filner completed a two-week intensive behavior therapy program early. It has been said that he will continue with outpatient treatment.
Though two United States senators from California and nine of San Diego’s City Council members have asked for his resignation, Filner asserts that he is in office to stay.