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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to Get Therapy for Sexual Misconduct

By: JTA
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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner announced he will undergo therapy amid calls for his resignation over allegations of sexual misconduct.

In a brief statement to reporters Friday, Filner said he would be entering a treatment facility on Aug. 5 for two weeks of intensive therapy.

In his statement, Filner said his actions were “inexcusable” and issued public apologies to the women involved, the people of San Diego and members of his staff. He said treatment would continue even after he returned to work on Aug. 19.

“I must become a better person,” Filner said.

The mayor, who is Jewish, has been the target of mounting accusations that he made unwanted sexual advances toward women, including inappropriate touching.

Irene McCormack Jackson, Filner’s former director of communications, filed a lawsuit against the mayor last week alleging he had frequently put her in a headlock, made sexual comments and once said she should work without her panties on. On Thursday, four more women made accusations that Filner had touched them inappropriately.

Filner has so far rebuffed calls for his resignation, including most recently from Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida congresswoman and chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, who said she was “personally offended by his actions.”

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4 Responses to “San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to Get Therapy for Sexual Misconduct”

  1. Liz Gray says:

    Oh please, he needs to resign. Therapy yes, but years of it not just two weeks. San Diego deserves better. I am so ashamed he is both a Democrat and Jewish.

  2. What is wrong with these elected officials? Don't they know that they should set an moral example to their country? I am sooooooooooo disgusted with them. Too bad we don't use the tar and feathers thing anymore. They deserve it. same for Wiener in New York.

  3. Lana Merle says:

    His being Jewish has nothing to do with it – the man should step down.

  4. Yes it does "have something to do with it!" The concept is Chilul Hashem which simply means that Jews ascribe to a moral code based on the Torah. We shame G-d and the gift (Torah) he gave us at Mt. Sinai. All people should be upset by this scoundrel but those of the Jewish faith should be deeply embarrassed by this disgusting person!

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