Editor's note: Since this post originally ran in August, Bob Filner has resigned as mayor of San Diego. On October 15, he pleaded guilty to one count of felony false imprisonment and two counts of misdemeanor battery. Under a plea agreement, he will receive three years of probation and three months of house arrest.
He was one of the early members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus in the House of Representatives. From 2007 to 2011 he chaired the House Veteran's Affairs Committee. He represented an area that includes almost all of California's border with Mexico. And now, at 70, he is mayor of San Diego.
Bob Filner may have begun his political life fighting for a just society as a Freedom Rider in the summer of 1961, but the former 10-term congressman, who entered a treatment facility for a two-week stay on Monday following accusations of sexual harassment, seems destined to end it in ignominy, surrounded by the stench of corruption and moral turpitude.
There is something wrong with Bob Filner, and whatever it is, two weeks of intensive therapy won't fix it. He is being sued for sexual harassment by his former communications director. The San Diego City Council voted unanimously to sue him to recover any costs associated with that lawsuit. City attorneys have ruled he can't be alone with a woman anymore while on city business for liability reasons. Democrats and Republicans in San Diego want him gone.