Weak allegations could help the mayor, who faces huge odds
Mayor Filner may be ahead 2 to 1; the last two accusations (one made today, July 24) are weak. This doesn't mean people should put their money on Filner: as I have said repeatedly, with all Republicans, most Democrats, all the money and the mainstream press piling on him, he faces tough adversaries, no matter what the truth is. However, the two most recent accusations must be put under a microscope. Laura Fink, who runs a political consulting firm, says Filner patted her behind in 2005. It was clearly an example of Filner's acerbic wit. Somebody said Fink was "working her ass off for you," and Filner allegedly told her to turn around, patted her backside, and said, "See, it's still there." She registered her complaint and he apologized -- weakly, she says. This is hardly sexual harassment. Morgan Rose, a psychologist with the school district, said today that at a lunch in January 2009, Filner tried to kiss her more than once. If true, this certainly indicates that Filner has a problem that may have deep psychological roots, but this incident would not rise to the threshold of sexual harassment. I have not seen that Filner refused to stop when a so-called victim told him to stop. I don't see any quid pro quo -- somebody getting a promotion as a favor for sex, for example. Or, contrarily, somebody getting denied a promotion, suffering retribution, or getting demoted after resisting his advances or reporting his activities to authorities. In fact, sexual intercourse has not entered the discussion yet. In the case of Irene McCormack Jackson, Filner's lawyers should demand that these allegations be tried in court. Again, with all the guns aiming at him, Filner is an extremely long shot to survive. San Diegans are getting only one side of the story through the mainstream media. I suspect that much more will come out, and many of the claims will be false. Filner shows signs of instability in these matters. But he is no Anthony Weiner, who resigned from Congress after he was caught posting lewd material online, and has admitted that he continued doing it after his resignation. He says he is running for mayor. He clearly has a screw loose, and New York media are urging him to get out. At this point, Bob Filner is no Anthony Weiner.