Hard to believe such an attractive guy like Bob Filner would have to force himself on the ladies.
A prominent onetime supporter of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner urged him to resign Wednesday less than a year after taking office amid allegations that he sexually harassed women.
Radio and television station KPBS obtained a letter to Filner from former Councilwoman Donna Frye that said she recently received “credible evidence” that the mayor harassed more than one woman. She asked that the City Council schedule a special election to replace him.
Frye, a fellow Democrat who once came within a whisker of being elected mayor in a write-in campaign, is highly regarded among Filner’s liberal base and served as the mayor’s director of open government for several months until resigning for a position at Californians Aware, a group that advocates for open government.
“Those who have spoken to me recently would not make the allegations lightly or without cause, and I believe them,” Frye wrote. “I cannot in good conscience remain silent on this, even if those who have spoken to me choose to do so out of fear of retribution or the possibility of a media circus where they could be twice victimized.”
Rumors of Filner’s inappropriate behavior toward women have dogged him for years and became an issue in last year’s mayoral campaign when District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis criticized him for how he treated her and other female attorneys. The fact that three of his staunchest supporters have now lobbed similar criticism is far more damaging to the mayor’s reputation.