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July 26, 2013 - 4:16 pm

The chairwoman of the San Diego County Democratic Party said Mayor Bob Filner getting counseling is “the next best thing” to the embattled, sexually harassing politician resigning.

Francine Busby told CNN that the party has “called for him to step down and get the help he needs so the city can move forward.”

“He’s made it pretty clear previously he wasn’t going to step down. And I think that this whole — everything’s in his hands right now. There is no other action anyone can take other than a recall which is highly expensive and a very high threshold. I would say he’s not going to resign and he’s determined to follow that path that getting the help he needs is the first step,” she said. “Then he has to behave himself. He has to respect everybody he works with and prove to the people of San Diego that he’s their mayor or there will be more of this effort to continue to try to recall him.”

Still, she said, “I don’t think anyone’s going to excuse or forget the behaviors that have led to this.”

Busby added there may be more women coming forward to add to the growing roster of accusations of groping and suggestive comments.

“But considering he’s made it clear he doesn’t want to resign, I would say that this is the first step he absolutely needs to take for himself first. And then if he’s going to prove to the people that he can actually govern effectively, he needs to start respecting people. You know, he’s been very, very difficult to work with many different groups in the city. He needs to be respectful to them, as well as the women. Again, because of the way the charter is in San Diego, there are only two ways to remove a mayor. That is through resignation or recall,” she said.

“And the recall is just a huge, huge challenge to pull off. So if he is determined to remain mayor, this is the next best step he could take.”

The people of San Diego, Busby said, “are going to weigh in on whether or not this is enough for them right now or if the call for his resignation will get louder or it will settle down.”

“If he’s not going to resign, the next best thing is to get the help that he needs. The question is whether the city of San Diego want to wait for him to do this and see if he can prove himself or if they feel that, you know, he has had his opportunity,” she continued.

“So, you know, I think the Democrats are more likely to give him the benefit of the doubt simply because they put so much trust and faith in him to promote the progressive agenda that we have waited 20 years to present. We will see what happens when he comes back. If he can change his behavior, it doesn’t erase what he’s done.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
A night with Helen Thomas would cure Filner of women problems. After that Filner would become an avowed homosexual
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
spare me the liberals wanting this man out of office.

Didn't seem to matter to have a rapist and serial womanizer when his name was Bubba,

And weren't we told it is nobody's business, that everyone lies about sex, and that a guy gets free pass the first time, because it isn't wrong until the woman says no.

And tell me again what was going on with one woman reportedly taking a $50,000 cut in pay to work for this man. That is too strange for words.
51 weeks ago
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Francine Busby pretty much confirms what Lori Soldana already knew- that the SD Democrats will happily throw women under the bus in exchange for power ie: "the same progressive agenda we have waited for 20 years...

San Diegos low-info-voters are stuck with the Democrats for now-

The adults in the room only have to watch how its going nationally to see how that "Progressive Agenda" is working out...or in CA statewide in LA, SF, Stockton, and Sackatomatoes...
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
He'll be Governor long before he resigns,

Here in California we don't discriminate we favor every kind of pervert imaginable.
52 weeks ago
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I'm sure two weeks of "therapy" will be more than sufficient to overcome the habits of a lifetime. Then the mayor can continue to promote his progressive agenda. Shall we schedule the bankruptcy proceedings now?
52 weeks ago
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'promote the progressive agenda that we have waited 20 years to present"
Heh, Can't wait to see San Diego in 3-5 years.
52 weeks ago
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San Diego isn't going to go the way of Detroit. About half of the Pacific Fleet and its support commands is located there. That means there will always be a significant population of military personnel who have no choice but to live and work in the city, meaning there will always be a source of "other people's money."
52 weeks ago
52 weeks ago Link To Comment
Give the progressives a little more time, they have a knack for killing the golden goose. You are dealing with a party of very low morals and absolutely no principles.
51 weeks ago
51 weeks ago Link To Comment
Yeah, I forgot about that boon for SD--same reason Honolulu can continue their progressive utopia.
51 weeks ago
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Not too many years ago, San Diego hovered on the brink. The measures it took to lower public services and change the pension system were anathema to progressives who no doubt would dearly love to reverse those reforms. Never underestimate the ability of progressives to turn gold to dross.
52 weeks ago
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I wouldn't say "it" (meaning San Diego) took measures. An amazing City Councilman, Carl DeMaio, led a minority Republican force to roll back pensions. On the very day the agreement was signed, he appeared at a happy-happy news conference with union employees who were thankful that they were spared a similar trimming. Right on the spot, he said, "You're next." The unions were gobsmacked, the air went out of the room, and DeMaio proceeded to accomplish the next level of reform, despite the howling of the unions.

He lost to Filner in the mayoral race in 2012, possibly due to vote fraud or to the tsunami that Obama brought forth. Sickening. He's now running for Congress, but his fundraising e-mails assure San Diegans that he's aware of the developments in City Hall and considering all his options.

Who knows what we'll get next? A recall/special election might bring another damn Democrat, but at least we'll be rid of Filthy, and DeMaio can take his negotiating tactics to Washington.
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