Washington (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee will vote on a resolution this week calling on San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign, ratcheting up pressure on the embattled Democrat who has been accused of sexually harassing multiple women.
Sixteen women have charged Filner of acting improperly and the mayor last month acknowledged having "failed to fully respect the women who work for me and with me." He voluntarily entered a behavioral therapy program, but has refused to step down despite widespread calls for him to leave office.
While several high profile Democrats including DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz have personally called on Filner to resign as has the San Diego County Democratic Party, this is the first time the national Democratic Party will urge him to step aside.
"We cannot reassure voters that a vote for a Democrat is a vote for a champion for women unless Democrats walk our talk on equality and take firm action in accordance with our values and stand up for women by condemning his behavior and calling on him to immediately resign as Mayor of San Diego," reads a draft copy of the resolution obtained by CNN.
The five paragraph resolution, which will be voted upon at the DNC's summer meeting this week in Phoenix, seeks to distance itself from Filner by emphasizing that the Democratic Party "condemns any person who creates a hostile work place or engages in sexually harassing and humiliating behavior towards women or men."
It also urges Filner to "face the consequences of his actions, sparing his constituents the embarrassment and expense of a recall election." If he doesn't step down the DNC then asks the residents of his city to recall the mayor.
The resolution's authors are Donna Brazile, the DNC's Vice Chair of Voter Registration and Participation, and DNC member Christine Pelosi. Brazile is a CNN political contributor.
we are having a blast laughing at this guy while he shames the Democratic party.
We can handle our own affairs – please butt out
San Diego resident (Clairemont)
So, Bob has undergone two weeks of Special High Intensity Therapy to correct his behavior and is cured of grabby grabby kissy kissy. I'm sure it wll take more than just two weeks, but we can now fix all the rapists and pedos we now lock up unjustly and save the taxpayers a ton of money. Win/Win
Good! About time.
If he were Republican, the Dems would be going nuts and the Repubs would be defending him. At least they're rendering an official party decision.
He is the ugliest man in politics, literally and figuratively.
Why should he resign. The GOP has shown us constantly that there aren't any morals in politics.
BDubya – Hate much ?
I'm a Republican, but I don't enjoy watching Mayor Filner disgrace himself. I do not see this as a permanent stain on the Democrats, in fact, I am impressed by the forceful action from my two Dem Senators. (And in my mind the RNC is synonymous with "idiocy", so I'm impressed by the DNC getting into this.) The only political losers are a couple small-time politicians, like ex-librarians, who have equivocated too long. Mayor Filner, step down now before you're a bigger disgrace than Rep Cunningham.
He's trying to hold on until he hits his pension milestone.
The circus music is getting louder.
This guy is a freaking embarrassment to the nation and has become a joke for late night comics. Kick his old farty butttt out of there.
This guy is going to give politicians a bad reputation.
"War on women"... guess its actually the Dems.
Democrats can no longer point the finger at Republicans for ideological purges. Apparently Democrats have image purges, where truth or ideology don't matter so much as image. No need for an evidentiary hearing, where popularity is at stake. Donna Brazile & Christine Pelosi, did you do any investigation on this before introducing the resolution, or did you just read the salacious headlines?
How long did it take to get the DNC drug into this one ?? What a bunch of hypocrites !! Same for their feeble minded supporters trying to brag about this move .....
It's the right thing to do. We might have to use the lemon law if he remains stubborn.
Going after him for what? A promotion?
...the fact that he HASN"T stepped down tells the whole story ...even most Republicans know that when you are nailed ,move away from the spotlight ... the Democrats need to act ...soon.
What a disaster. Todd Gloria, I hope you are ready to step up and take our city back.
"War on women"... guess its actually the Dems.
You do understand that it is the "Dems" who are asking for this man to step down?
DARNELL, except the Dems actually get rid of people like Filner.
As opposed to rallying around all these "legitimate rape" guys like the GOP.
I'm glad the DNC is making their opinion publicly known.
Place this fellow in the cage with a lady UFC fighter. I would bet his groping habit will come to a swift end.
I If he was a republican, Fox news would probably develop a conspiracy story about it.
You should resign as soon as possible I'll be better for everyone