(CNN) - San Diego’s Democratic mayor, who is embroiled in sexual harassment allegations, should resign, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Sunday.
Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the California Democrat said Bob Filner no longer held the moral authority to lead his city.
“Being the mayor of a big city, you're a role model for people,” Feinstein told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley. “You're either inspirational to people or you aren't. It's a very tough job. And I don't think that somebody who is lacking a moral compass really sets a role model or really will provide the kind of leadership that San Diegans want.”
On Friday, Filner announced he would take a two-week hiatus from his job while undergoing “intensive counseling” in response to the sexual harassment allegations.
He said he would remain engaged with city business while in therapy, and that he would return to office on August 19.
"My focus will be on making sure I am doing right by this city by being the best mayor I can be and being the best person I must be,” he said.
Feinstein said the embattled mayor’s actions weren’t sufficient, suggesting a recall effort would be appropriate to remove him from office.
“This kind of absence of a moral compass is subject to recall. I suspect there will be recalls, and the people will judge,” she said.