Liberal Democrat and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, hours after being accused of sexual harassment by numerous female employees, issued a public apology and pleaded to keep his job amid calls for his resignation:
I begin today by apologizing to you. I have diminished the office to which you elected me. The charges made in today’s news conference are serious. When a friend like Donna Frye is compelled to call for my resignation, I’m clearly doing something wrong, and I have reached into my heart and soul and realized, I must, and will, change my behavior. As someone who has spent a lifetime fighting for equality for all people, 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. 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. I am also humbled to admit that I need help. I have begun to work with professionals to make changes in my behavior and approach. In addition, my staff and I will participate in sexual harassment training provided by the city. Please know that I fully understand that only I am the one who can make these changes. If my behavior doesn’t change, I cannot succeed in leading our city. In the next few days, I will be reaching out to those who now work in the mayor’s office, or have previously worked for me, both men and women, to personally apologize for my behavior. I will also be announcing fundamental changes within the mayor’s office designed to promote a new spirit of cooperation, respect, and effectiveness. You have every right to be disappointed in me. I only ask that you give me an opportunity to prove I am capable of change so that the vision I have for our city’s future can be realized. Thank you.
Filner is the same man who crashed city attorney Jan Goldsmith’s news conference and chastised Goldsmith: “You not only have been unprofessional but unethical and I resent it greatly that you’re giving your advice to the press.”
Unprofessional and unethical. Coming from Filner, that’s rich.