Mayor Bob Filner of San Diego isn't resigning yet in the face of unspecified allegations pertaining to his treatment of women. But he has apologized for whatever he did, with a short video up Thursday evening in which he asked for "help" as he tries to "change my behavior." Maybe Filner, emboldened by a recent series of comebacks from male politicians disgraced in a sexual scandal, is trying to skip the part of the redemption cycle where he's supposed to resign.
And resignation is exactly what three old friends of his called for earlier today, according to the LA Times. former City Councilwoman Donna Frye and lawyers Marco Gonzalez and Cory Briggs described Filner's behavior as "truly reprehensible," adding that the women involved were " too scared to speak." In a letter, Frye told Filner that "I tried to give you the benefit of the doubt" despite earlier rumors about his behavior. They've offered to help the women file suit. The three asked for Filner to step down. In his apology, Filner said, "when a friend like Donna Frye is compelled to call for my resignation, I'm clearly doing something wrong." He pledged to undergo sexual harassment training, and to "personally apologize" for his behavior to everyone personally affected: