Demand that Mayor Resign After Inappropriate Behavior with Female Staffers

Target: San Diego Mayor Bob Filner

Goal: Resign after inappropriate conduct with female staffers

Despite admitting to inappropriate behavior with female staffers, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is not resigning. Please sign this petition demanding that Mayor Filner step down after failing to conduct himself in a manner expected from a public servant.

Among sexual harassment allegations, Mayor Bob Filner admitted that he needs help and is clearly doing something wrong, although he is not resigning. Some of his longtime backers are urging Filner to step down. Among them is former City Councilwoman and fellow democrat, Donna Frye. Frye recently worked in the mayor’s office and heard several allegations directly from female staffers. She sent a letter to Filner asking him to step down. Filner acknowledged her request in a recent statement, and admitted there was merit to her concerns.

Filner continued his statement acknowledging allegations of sexual harassment from female staffers. “I am embarrassed to admit that I have failed to fully respect the women who work for me and with me, and that at times I have intimidated them,” he said. “It’s a good thing that behavior that would have been tolerated in the past is being called out in this generation for what it is: inappropriate and wrong.”

Although no women have publicly come forward to detail the allegations, Southern California lawyer Marco Gonzalez told reporters that he and Frye know of “very specific acts from individuals who have worked for the mayor that they have been subjected to behavior that does not meet our community standards.” Gonzalez is alluding to the possibility of publicly ousting Filner when and if the women come forward. Filner’s peers are encouraging him to step down before the controversy attracts more attention.

Please sign this petition and demand that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner step down after admitting to allegations of inappropriate behavior with female staffers. He has failed to conduct himself professionally and his continued presence at the mayor’s office creates a hostile and inappropriate work environment.

PETITIONL LETTER:

Dear Mayor Filner,

In a recent statement you acknowledged and confirmed allegations that you have behaved inappropriately with female staffers. Your admission, while appreciated, is reason for you to resign from your position as the mayor of San Diego. It is unfair and unjust that you stay in office despite creating a hostile and inappropriate work environment.

As you know, former Councilwoman and fellow democrat, Donna Frye, has called for your resignation after hearing allegations from several women while recently working in your office. Frye believes there are more women who have been harassed by you while working as a staffer. The Republican Party of San Diego has been highly critical of you and other democrats, who, they allege, overlooked your inappropriate behavior they claim, “has been widely known…for years.” Obviously you are unable to control yourself around female staffers and you must be taken out of office.

As a quick fix to the allegations going public, you claim to be working with professionals to make changes in your behavior and approach. You’ve also said you and your staff will complete sexual harassment training and that you will personally reach out and apologize to those who now, or have in the past, worked at your office. While that is a very politically correct move, I have a feeling that as an almost 70-year-old man, you probably know right from wrong already. Training and personal apologies, which stand to re-traumatize past employees, is simply a band-aid keeping you in office.

It is not fair for female staffers to have to endure your abuse in the workplace. As a public representative, your job is to serve the people of San Diego, not harass them. By not stepping down you are leaving the door open for women to publicly come forward with allegations, press charges, and create much more of circus then you have already erupted.

Please resign from being mayor of San Diego and insure that female staffers have a safe and professional work environment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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