Boxer pleads for San Diego mayor to resign
August 9th, 2013
02:19 PM ET
1 year ago

Boxer pleads for San Diego mayor to resign

(CNN) - San Diego's Democratic mayor Bob Filner, currently undergoing "intensive counseling" after being accused of sexually harassing more than a dozen women, should resign his post, Sen. Barbara Boxer wrote in a personal letter to the mayor Friday.

Addressing Filner simply as "Bob," Boxer – who is also a Democrat - wrote, "We've known each other for a long time…So I am speaking to you now on a personal and professional level, and asking you to step down as mayor and get the help you need as a private citizen."

She noted in the missive that she had already made public calls for the embattled San Diego mayor to step down.

"But now I must say this directly to you: Bob, you must resign because you have betrayed the trust of the women you have victimized, the San Diegans you represent and the people you have worked with throughout your decades in public life," she wrote.

Her letter comes nearly two weeks after her fellow U.S. senator, Dianne Feinstein, told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley that Filner had lost all moral authority, and thus could no longer lead his city.

"Being the mayor of a big city, you're a role model for people," Feinstein said on "State of the Union." "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."

At the end of July, 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.


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. George K.

    Spitzer
    Weiner
    Filner

    Will the next Democratic candidates be recruited from NAMBLA?

    August 9, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. PJ

    Not that he will listen, but good for her anyway.
    I don't understand why they can't just kick him to the curb.
    Since he has admitted that he is a dirt bag, what's holding them back? Couldn't they at least have a re-call?

    August 9, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. I'm NOT a liberal

    Boxer all talk, no action. Purely for political reasons nothing more.

    August 9, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Unfortunately, Senator, if he steps down, then he cannot get the City of San Diego to cover the huge legal fees that are sure to be heading his way in the near future.

    August 9, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. kirk

    Right ..because a republican would never stoop so low.get real your partyis even worse if possible.clueless gop probrably think they are better for you.wake up.you slice your own throat voting for them

    August 9, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. wendel

    the democratic party is fed up with theses losers . WE will vote them out next go round. Boxer was right on. The people should have a recall

    August 9, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. Wake up People!

    Please do pervert. Our former mayor was forced to resign because he lied about an affair but this perv gets to stay in office and harass more women.....

    August 9, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Romney is STILL NOT My Hero

    @George K.

    Spitzer
    Weiner
    Filner

    Will the next Democratic candidates be recruited from NAMBLA?
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    No, you Repubs have got that group all tied up.

    August 9, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Wake up People! wrote:

    Please do pervert. Our former mayor was forced to resign because he lied about an affair but this perv gets to stay in office and harass more women.....
    ------------------
    The longer this drags on, the uglier it gets.

    Hey! NYC once had a mayor, who had an affair, proudly admitted to it, stayed in office, divorced his local newscaster wife, married his mistriess, and somehow was re-elected, while she left the airwaves never to be seen since. Name? Guiliani.

    August 9, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. Steveo

    @kirk

    Right ..because a republican would never stoop so low.get real your partyis even worse if possible.clueless gop probrably think they are better for you.wake up.you slice your own throat voting for them
    -----------
    True, there are creeps in both parties but the current conversation is about this creep, and he is not GOP!

    August 9, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  11. really

    George K.

    Vitter
    Sanford
    Craig

    Will the next Republican officeholders be recruited from NAMBLA?

    -----

    FIFY
    BTW, two of them are still in office.

    August 9, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. ????

    Weiner, Filsner and Spitzer – The Democrats in charge of the the War On Women.

    August 9, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. Wake up People!

    @Rudy.
    Wow!!! I had no idea.....

    August 9, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. A Kickin' Donkey

    These lady senators have a biased viewpoint . . . even if they may be correct. It is political granstanding by them to suggest thata MUNICIPAL mayor resign . . . that's not their swim lane. Now if they were male OR San Diegians, then that would be different. I find it distasteful that she would release her so-called, "private" letter to her "firend" to the public. If she had any true influence, she wouldn't have to do that.

    August 9, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |