Boxer to Filner: ‘Resign and seek help’

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The allegations that Bob Filner made unwanted advances
toward military sexual assault victims prompted Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.,
to send an open letter Friday calling on the embattled San Diego mayor to resign
and seek treatment as a private citizen.

“The latest revelations regarding your behavior toward women recovering
from sexual assault — women who desperately need our help — have shaken me
to my core,” wrote Boxer, who posted the letter on her website.

The senator noted that she had previously called for Filner to step down
because of “the shocking revelations” about the former congressman's
behavior toward women.

“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,” Boxer wrote.

She said they've known each other a long time, and was speaking to him
“on a personal and professional level.”

California's other senator, Democrat Dianne Feinstein, has also called
for Filner to resign.

The mayor has so far refused resignation demands made by political and
business leaders, including seven of the nine members of the San Diego City
Council, the San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee, former Mayor
Jerry Sanders, Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, and Senate Majority
Leader Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento.

Filner has been accused of unwanted advances by 14 women, including two
city employees and the military veterans who were speaking at an event for
females raped while in the armed forces. Some of the women said he tried to
kiss and grope them.

The website Voiceofsandiego.org reported Thursday that Filner has hired
a lawyer to handle accusations in another area, alleged shakedowns of
developers.

The FBI has reportedly been investigating a $100,000 payment made to the
city of San Diego by Sunroad Enterprises around the time the mayor's office
changed its policy on the firm's Kearny Mesa apartment project.

According to the website, Filner hired Jerry Coughlan, who has
represented other local political figures in corruption cases in the past. He
successfully defended former City Councilman Michael Zucchet, now the head of
the Municipal Employees Association, in a federal corruption case.

The website also reported that the City Attorney's Office has issued a
subpoena for Lee Burdick, the mayor's chief of staff, for a deposition on the
Sunroad matter that's scheduled for next Friday.

Filner previously hired San Diego-based lawyer Harvey Berger and James
Payne of Irvine to handle the sexual harassment allegations.

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