The Democratic National Committee will finally vote on a resolution that asks San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign. Sixteen women accused Filner of sexual harassment and one has filed a lawsuit against him.
“We cannot reassure voters that a vote for a Democrat is a vote for a champion for women unless Democrats walk our talk on equality and take firm action in accordance with our values and stand up for women by condemning his behavior and calling on him to immediately resign as Mayor of San Diego,” reads a draft copy of the resolution obtained by CNN.
The five paragraph resolution, which will be voted upon at the DNC’s summer meeting this week in Phoenix, seeks to distance itself from Filner by emphasizing that the Democratic Party “condemns any person who creates a hostile work place or engages in sexually harassing and humiliating behavior towards women or men.”
It also urges Filner to “face the consequences of his actions, sparing his constituents the embarrassment and expense of a recall election.” If he doesn’t step down the DNC then asks the residents of his city to recall the mayor.
Filner sought therapy for his actions, but many San Diego residents want him to resign. Business leaders say his actions are affecting businesses and tourism and others took to the streets on Sunday with a recall rally. Hooters even said Filner is not welcome at their restaurants.
DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein called for Filner’s resignation, but this will be the first time the Democratic Party will address the Filner situation.