USAtoday.com reports -- "San Diego Mayor Bob Filner said Friday he will undergo "intensive therapy" amid growing calls that he resign because of sexual harassment charges from several women, including a former staffer."
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Can you count the number of politicians who have openly admitted to sexually harassing women or to having an adulterous affair, then publicly agreeing to undergo rehab therapy to deal with their behavior problem? In my brief life time only one, Mayor Bob Filner.
As the first and only unmarried military officer to have ever been charged and convicted for adultery, then Congressman Bob Filner was the only Congressional official who unselfishly assisted me with my case against the Navy.
As a former constituent of his district I filed my first Congressional Inquiry with his office to address a number of Civil Rights violations that were committed against me by senior Navy officials.
The complaints included allegations of disparate treatment, sexual harassment, defense contract bid rigging and a number of other claims. Each personal encounter I had with him was always courteous and professional and he did everything within his power to assist me with my case. He didn’t turn his back on me like several female Senators of California. And he didn’t respond to my case like most men, after learning that nude pictures were involved.
In light of the recent sexual harassment allegations launched against him, I truly admire Mayor Filner for his bravery and admiration for admitting to his treatment towards women. In my heart, I strongly believe he should not be forced to resign.
As a former senior ranking member of the Veteran Affairs committee he was willing to resign his Congressional post to continue to help the citizens of San Diego and according to one of his senior staffers, and close mentor of mine, their office has been able to crack down on millions of dollars in wasted spending, which is why he took a vested interest in my case after becoming aware of military fraud.
His legacy as a Freedom Rider during the 1960 Civil Rights movement is what impresses me the most for his commitment for doing what is right. Through the years, Filner’s selfless devotion to serving our country has definitely been tried and tested and his relentless efforts for helping our military veterans and minority communities should go down in history books.
I pray that each of his alleged victims will find it in their hearts to forgive him and with rehabilitation therapy he will continue to be the leader that the city of San Diego needs to get the city thriving once again! Let’s not allow this scandal to be a reflection of the City of Detroit!