It's official. Bob Filner, San Diego’s mayor, announced he will resign on August 30. Delivering his intentions at today’s City Council meeting, Filner fulfilled the rumors circulating in the city that he would, and should.
Seventeen women came forward to reveal unwanted sexual advances from Filner, including groping, touching, kissing, and lurid comments one wouldn’t make to any woman, much less a grandmother, which one of the seventeen was.
Filner called himself the victim of a “lynch mob” of ladies, the claims from whom he would have been vindicated if given due process. Right. The gals he harassed harbored imagined fantasies of frolic made real by the mayor. Oh, sure.
Filner, at 70, ought to be over his testosterone years. His resignation came with apologies that quickly revealed a thinly veiled attitude of entitlement regarding his past behaviors. His conciliatory remarks were coated with a layer of self defense and another of weakly politicized rationale.
To all the women that I've offended, I had no intention to be offensive, to violate any physical or emotional space. I was trying to establish personal relationships but the combination of awkwardness and hubris led to behavior that I think many found offensive.
According to Fox News, Filner quickly added that he was victimized by the “hysteria of a lynch mob” which he called an “affront to democracy.”
Now that the city will soon be free of Filner, city taxpayers are hardly free from footing the bill for his frolics. The City Council agreed to pay Filner's legal fees and settlement costs. Should Filner seek his own attorney, City Council will foot that bill up to $98,000. That is a proposition even Filner can’t refuse.