August 20th, 2013
04:42 PM ET
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First on CNN: DNC to vote on resolution calling on Filner to resign

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.

Filed under: California • DNC
soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    About bloody time.

    August 20, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. Holzilla

    Good Riddance!

    August 20, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. us_1776


    Goodbye to this face-licking, slobbering dog.


    August 20, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. Bill

    The commanding officer in the Democratic "War on Women". At least he wasn't sending pics of his schmeckel.

    August 20, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. jon

    I really believe this has something to do with Bob Filner not being in favor of moving forward with plans for a new Charger football stadium, at the taxpayer's expense, in San Diego. This might just be a "conspiracy theory" but then again who knows??

    August 20, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  6. aworkingAmerican

    It is none of the DNC's business. It is an issue for the people of San Diego if they want to recall they're mayor. The people of California have done just fine when confronted with elected recalls.

    August 20, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  7. Gman

    But the let former DC mayor Marion Baarry continue smoking his dope with nary a word.

    August 20, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. tas20036

    And here is the difference between democrats and repbulicans.

    Democrats move to oust miscreants.

    Republicans coddle them and hate on anyone who calls them out on it.

    August 20, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Betty Boop

    Quick! Do something before everyone realizes we had another chimp attack on an innocent white man walking down the street!

    August 20, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  10. glutathionepro

    The epitome of sleaze. Why not listen to the voters and have them decide if he is a person they want representing them.

    August 20, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. Cuss Varmint

    this is an absurd witch hunt. where's the evidence? i guess this is along the same lines as proof of aliens based on people claiming to have been contacted by them.

    August 20, 2013 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. Frank Booth

    Yes please, I want this cretin out of the news real quick, him and that filthy dirty NY mayoral, doesn't have a chance in hell, private parts photo fellow. Frank

    August 20, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. Maria Delaluz

    Oh come on Debbie. What's a little hugging and kissing here and there. I mean, Spitzer is doing fine. I think he's even ahead in the pols. Aren't you Democrats the most tolerant of us all? Hee hee – the party for women. I guess that's why Old Willie Clinton is a Democrat. He REALLY likes women – just ask Hilary! HA!

    August 20, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. larry bud

    typical democrat...well that and if he wants to raise taxes but does not pay his own ...then he would be a typical democrat!

    August 20, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  15. tpbco

    Wow...just wow.

    Where were they when it was Bill Clinton, with an intern 3 years older than his teenage daughter, in the Oval Office.


    August 20, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. dw

    @jon who thinks this is a conspiracy against the mayor for not being for a football stadium sir are about as dumb as they come!

    August 20, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. CP in Tampa, FL

    This is a non-binding resolution. The DNC cannot remove him from office, only the voters in San Diego can do that.

    August 20, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. Ain't Skeered

    Betty Boop
    @Quick! Do something before everyone realizes we had another chimp attack on an innocent white man walking down the street!
    Don't worry, Eric Holder will file hate crime charges against the tree yutes...err, uh, maybe not, the guy who was murdered was white.

    August 20, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  19. Des Perado

    Ummmm…Kemosabe…would that be the same DNC that was Uncle Remus’ biggest Tar Baby
    When Slick Willy was doing Monica under the desk and the DNC loudly said…not even maybe
    Not even maybe is Slick Willy guilty of anything…why hey…this is just like our bud Obama
    So Slick Willy lied to a federal grand jury…and y’all say we should have slapped his mama
    So…now that Filner has proved he’s ALSO a reprobate who can no longer help the ah…DNC
    We’ll be standing beside Willy because of Hillary, silly, but now Filner…hey…beats me !!!

    August 20, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. nowaypossible

    Filner will plead insanity, he is crazy about women.

    August 20, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. Tennessee Indie

    About time, agreed. Maybe he can switch to Republican and then run for Senator. (R)s like their Senators a little sleazy.

    August 20, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. Alan

    This corrupt politician must be desperate for a salary not to resign. He's forcing their hand!

    August 20, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. Dave

    This is the difference between Democrats and Republicans. We clean up our rotten politicians while the right wing just makes excuses for theirs.

    August 20, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  24. NanookoftheNorth

    A local paper says that his resignation is the only 'leverage' Filner holds, at this point. He will probably d-r-a-g that out as long as he can 🙁

    August 20, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  25. BDubya

    There is no conspiracy. This guy made his own bed and now must lie in it. People of San Diego knew about his behavior before they voted him in and decided to elect him anyway. Now getting what they deserve.

    August 20, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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