- Obama military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds
- Sen. Tom Coburn vows to slow down budget-busting bills ahead of recess
- Obama fantasizes about more executive power, signs new order on federal contractors
- Clintons call Klein, Halper, Kessler ‘a Hat Trick of despicable actors’: report
- Boehner accuses Obama of ‘legacy of lawlessness’
- Pro-marijuana group claims responsibility for Brooklyn Bridge flag swap
- Young adults shun Obamacare mostly due to cost: survey
- Stabbing attack on transgender girl, 15, was ‘bias motivated,’ police say
- LGBT adults still lean overwhelmingly toward Democratic Party
- Lawmakers rattled by Syria genocide horrors, call on Obama to act
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner packs up, among sea of sexual harassment scandals
Question of the Day
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s final day has dawned, and he’s expected to pack up and leave his office Friday amid a sea of sexual harassment charges from 18 women, at last count.
He’s only served nine months of his four-year term, The Associated Press reported.
His departure comes just a week after he made a dramatic speech to City Council to proclaim his innocence and decry his victimization by a “lynch mob,” AP reported.
Mr. Filner served 10 terms as a congressman before he was elected mayor, in November of 2012. He took office in December, and six months later, on June 20, 2013, his communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson, confronted him about unwanted sexual advances. Following, Mr. Filner’s deputy chief of staff, Allen Jones, quit.
From there, the steamroll of accusations started. Mr. Filner’s former aide, Donna Frye, called on him to resign, and on July 11, he issued a public mea culpa for the harassment, telling the public he will seek therapeutic help.
Meanwhile, on July 22, Ms. McCormack Jackson filed a suit against Mr. Filner and the city for sexual harassment charges.
In August, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer called on Mr. Filner to resign, saying in letter that the accusations have “shaken me to my core,” AP reported. Also in August, Mr. Filner finished his therapy — but to little political avail. Petitioners continued to gather signatures to oust him from office.
On Aug. 23, touting an agreement with city officials, Mr. Filner announced he will resign, effective Aug. 30.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at email@example.com.
- SWAT spends seven hours in standoff with empty home
- 'No American is proud' of certain CIA tactics: State Department
- Spain evacuates staff from embassy in Libya
- Sarah Palin's online channel hits snag as Stephen Colbert buys similar URL
- Planned Parenthood strikes 'pro-choice' label in favor of 'women's health'
Latest Blog Entries
TWT Video Picks
Both parties recognize the Democrats' scam
- Inside the Ring: Israel surprised by Hamas tunnel network
- CRUZ: A tale of two hospitals: One in Israel, one in Gaza
- Chicken pox outbreak puts illegal immigrant facility on lockdown
- Obama military strategy too weak for future security, panel reports
- Report: 40% of weapons sent to Afghanistan are unaccounted for
- Israel surprised by Hamas tunnel network
- CIA admits improperly hacking Senate computers in search of Bush-era information
- Islamic militants seize Benghazi as U.S. evacuates Libya
- 'Big Bang' star Mayim Bialik helps send bulletproof vests to IDF
- 3 African leaders cancel trip to U.S. over Ebola outbreak; Obama still plans summit
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world