S.D. Mayor Filner Girding for a Long Fight

bob filnerThe East Coast media do such an amazingly superficial job of covering California politics that it’s no surprise they’re missing the boat on the Bob Filner scandal in San Diego. This is the same bunch that thought the 2003 recall of Gov. Gray Davis was flakey,not an organic outburst of anger over a poorly run state. It’s the same bunch that bought the 2006-07 fantasy that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had discovered a “post-partisan” path to sublime governance. It’s the same bunch that buys the 2013 fantasy that Gov. Jerry Brown is a genius — never mind the high unemployment, the bad schools, the unaddressed budget nightmares, the prisons’ debacle, the bullet train fiasco, etc.

Washington Post “The Fix” blogger Sean Sullivan is sure that Filner is doomed:

“San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is not resigning. He’s made that very clear publicly.

“In reality though, the Congressman-turned-mayor, who faces sexual harassment allegations and calls for him to step down, almost certainly can’t survive for much longer

“’It’s difficult for me to see how Filner can actually govern the second-largest city in the largest state in such distracting and debilitating circumstances with no base of support, no spouse or significant other to attest to his good qualities, no real friends, and no loyalty from his own party members,’ said veteran California Democratic strategist Garry South.”

“Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.”

Filner is winning the framing game

Sullivan is a smug and uninformed dolt. Here’s an infinitely smarter take from SD Rostra blogger Greg Larkin, who quotes a City Hall insider who understands that Filner has had a good week, not a bad one:

“They’ve been able to trivialize and reduce down serious sexual harassment and sexual battery claims as a workplace issue that should be handled internally by the City’s HR department, despite the fact that some of the allegations are not from city employees.

“They’ve been able to turn the tables on the alleged victims, nearly daring them to come forward and reveal themselves to public scrutiny.

“They’ve been able to swat away calls for Filner to step down by claiming that ‘due process’ is first deserved, an amorphous term which they control and continue to define, because Filner is the one who will let you know whether he has received it or not.

They’ve been able to deflect arguments that an embattled Mayor can’t perform his job, by suggesting the Mayor’s role is mostly a management position, and then hiring an experienced, respected former county official to run city operations on an interim basis.”

I still believe Filner is unlikely to survive. Eventually, a woman will go public with her complaints, and if she is even faintly sympathetic, here comes a cable-TV circus. Filner will come across as a loathsome 70-year-old lecher, a gargoyle masquerading as a public servant.

But as Larkin points out, what’s happened so far reflects a mayor who is not stunned and reeling. He’s maneuvering to keep his job, and pretty capably.

It’s going to take a knockout to get Filner to quit. So far, his critics haven’t even knocked him down.

(Chris Reed contributes to CalWatchdog, where this blog first appeared.)


  1. Apparently the double standard is being invoked by the Gaystapo Thought Police of the lamesteam media, who know what to Publish, What to be Outraged at – and what to bury under a mound of steaming Censorship.
    Consider the treatment of ‘Gov. Lt.’ (former Frisco Mayor) Gravid Nuisance) – who while in office was having it off with a Female Subordinate employee, who just also happened to be married to his campaign manager, and still got elected.

    But then The Governot of CA – ‘Der Arnold’ was Blackmailed over his ‘secret’ Extra Son, while Still in Office – and as Part of the Payoff threw Marriage under ‘Der Bus’ by refusing to defend the Constitution…
    – , and kept “$5 Smidgen – Carole Migden” and hyr twysted systers in the Pork – http://www.capitolweekly.net/article.php?xid=zeee95vre99rvl.

    Oh – And Virtually Every Demicrat Politico in the State Had a wall full of ‘ Handshake & Group Hug’ Photos – featuring them and the rest of the Larry Brinkin Posse from Frisco – with Larry now edited ‘out’.

    Leading California gay rights leader arrested over child porn possession http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/leading-california-gay-rights-leader-arrested-over-child-porn-possession?


    “NO SHAME” http://cal-catholic.com/wordpress/2012/06/27/no-shame/

    SB 48 by State Senator Mark “Kiddie Porn King” Leno (now de-facto leader of the Larry Brinkin posse) http://www.humanevents.com/2006/02/03/californias-fight-over-jessicas-law/.
    – forbids Schools to permit Any Fact or View that “Reflects Adversely” on the agenda of MISANDRY (Separatist / Exterminationist Hatred of Men, Masculinity and Normal Heterosexuality)
    – No Matter how True http://savecalifornia.com/harvey-milk-day.html.

    So what’s the point in even discussing it – When “Kiddie Porn King” Leno’s Laws forbid even mention of Un-Good facts?

  2. askeptic says

    Thirty years ago he was loathsome,
    why would that change?

    Then, he was an up-and-coming Dem in a GOP bastion, so everyone was reluctant to speak what they whispered about.
    Now, times change.

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