Filner Wants San Diego Taxpayers to Pay His Legal Costs
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?