Filner Wants San Diego Taxpayers to Pay His Legal Costs

Seri­ously, this has got to be insult­ing on so many lev­els for many a San Diegan.

Embat­tled Mayor Bob Fil­ner is ask­ing San Diego tax­pay­ers to cover the legal fees he’ll incur from a sex­ual harass­ment law­suit filed by a for­mer staff member.

Filner’s attor­ney, Har­vey Berger, sent a let­ter Mon­day request­ing the city pay the mayor’s legal expenses. The City Coun­cil will con­sider the issue Tues­day in closed ses­sion and allow pub­lic tes­ti­mony at 5:30 p.m. or when­ever the reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing ends.

Irene McCor­mack Jack­son, the mayor’s for­mer com­mu­ni­ca­tions direc­tor, filed the law­suit July 22 against Fil­ner and the city seek­ing unspec­i­fied dam­ages. She has accused Fil­ner of cre­at­ing a hos­tile work envi­ron­ment in which women were treated as “sex­ual objects or stu­pid idiots” and mak­ing unwanted sex­ual advances toward her, includ­ing kisses and deroga­tory comments.

Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Todd Glo­ria announced the mayor’s request at the end of Monday’s coun­cil meet­ing and said it would be dis­cussed by the coun­cil in closed ses­sion Tues­day. It’s not likely to pass given that seven of the nine coun­cil mem­bers have called on Fil­ner to resign.

Fil­ner isn’t be sued because as mayor he over­saw a new law or ordi­nance.  He’s being sued as a 70-year-old horn dog / ser­ial hug­ger who clearly has issues on a per­sonal level.  There’s lit­tle to no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the city to pay the cost for his misdeeds.

If he had a brain in his head, he’d just resign.  It’s just a pity that it took so long for his fel­low Democ­rats in D.C and Cal­i­for­nia to call for it.  Word is the state Demo­c­ra­tic Party of Cal­i­for­nia cov­ered for him as late as two years ago.  That woman — a for­mer Demo­c­ra­tic Cal­i­for­nia state leg­is­la­tor –  is now one of the seven or eight now suing Fil­ner for harassment.

Lib­er­als really need to decide what mat­ters more to them, hav­ing a nar­ra­tive where they say the Right is stag­ing a “War on Women,” or cov­er­ing for politi­cians who are actu­ally attack­ing women on a fre­quent and almost daily basis by their per­sonal actions.

But who am I kid­ding.  For the Left, it is always about abor­tion.  I think Nina Burleigh put that in enough con­text back in 1998, didn’t she?

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