Bob Filner: You’ve got to know when to fold ’em …
OUR VIEW / La Jolla Light Editorial
The accusations of sexual misconduct by San Diego Mayor Bob Filner continue to grow more ugly as women now go on the record, with their reports of his alleged actions making national news headlines – New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC, ABC, PBS, Rachel Maddow Show, The Colbert Report, etc. We think it’s time the embattled, ineffective Mayor Filner resign for the good of San Diego.
If Mayor Filner loves the city as much as he claims to, he will stop holding us up to ridicule and spare us the costly emotional and financial hardships a drawn-out trial and detrimental publicity will inflict on San Diego’s welfare.
Other elected officials accused of similar perverse behaviors — most recently, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and former U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner — spared their staffs and constituents pain and aggravation by stepping down through their turmoil. Filner should do the same.
Bob Filner surely has not governed with grace; therefore he should redeem himself by leaving with grace.
Even if due process exonerates him of the scandal, as he assures San Diegans in press release after press release, the damage is done. With Bob Filner at the helm, official city business is suspect and sluggish in terms of effectiveness, efficiency and efficacy.
What do you think? There’s a poll with the question at lajollalight.com Log on and vote your opinion. We will publish the results in next week’s edition of the Light.
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