July 28th, 2013
09:25 AM ET
10 years ago

First on CNN: Feinstein says San Diego Mayor Bob Filner should resign

(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.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Shad

    We each placed an order and waited for what seemed like hours for the meal to arrive. The weather can still be very changeable, and while it'll increasingly be too warm for full-length boots, but too cold to dig out the strappy sandals. Everyone will win if you keep a collection of "dress-up" clothes, hats, and sunglasses, for the perfect distraction when drama kings or queens get out of control.

    July 28, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. HBsushi

    Intensive therapy for two weeks is a joke. Is he going to living at the "therapy center" for two weeks or drive back and forth from home ? He needs to resign from office.

    July 28, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. actionjacks7

    Why should Filner resign? He only wanted a little dab on the side. That's the American way.

    July 28, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. Thomas

    Bye Bye Bob !

    All you had to do was keep your hands in your pockets , but nope !

    Now another republican salesman will take your job .

    July 28, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    This guy just realized that what he was doing was wrong? Good old, and I mean old, boy.

    July 28, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |