Escondido Deputy Mayor Olga Diaz told Team 10 she had a “strange encounter” with Mayor Bob Filner before San Diego elected him, and Diaz said she went to the county’s former Democratic Party chairman.
Diaz said she met Bob Filner a few times when he was a congressman, but it was her interaction with him at a political event for women in 2010 that disturbed her.
“The congressman walked straight up to me, asked me if I had a boyfriend or husband,” Diaz said. “I said I had husband, and he asked what my husband did, and I said, ‘Well my husband is a cop,’ and he walked away. It was that strange.”
Diaz is running for mayor in Escondido against incumbent Mayor Sam Abed.
As San Diego’s mayoral race drew closer, Diaz said she heard similar stories from other women.
“I heard enough women say, ‘Oh yeah, he’s just that way,’ and there was something intuitively wrong about that behavior,” Diaz said.
Diaz brought her concerns to Jess Durfee, the former chair of the Democratic Party in San Diego. She told Team 10 she made it clear she wasn’t physically harassed, but she was bothered by Filner’s behavior.
“What I described to Jess was mild, it was weird, it was dirty old man-ish,” Diaz said.
“The gist was, ‘Thank you for letting me know, I’m glad you told me,’ but nothing ever happened,” Diaz said of her conversation with Durfee. “And Bob went on to be the nominated candidate.”