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Real Women, Real Accusations

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It has now been more than a month since the bombs started dropping in San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s sexual harassment scandal.

It has been said that it is difficult to keep up with the torrent of accusations and misdeeds. I also believe it is good to remind ourselves that the courageous women making these allegations against the most powerful man in San Diego are real people.

Competitive Edge has therefore compiled a couple of important documents. One is a photographic timeline of Filner’s alleged abusive incidents (PDF). I am struck by the fact that most of the reported incidents are relatively recent, as though Filner’s abusive behavior may be increasing. The other is a table that lays out the chronology of the accusations against the Mayor (Excel), along with the accusers’ statements, beginning with Irene McCormick Jackson’s charge that Filner sexually harassed her.


Competitive Edge will update the timeline and the table as events unfold and as space permits.

Timeline of Filner’s Alleged Sexual Harassment (PDF)
List of Filner Accusers (Excel)


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One Response to Real Women, Real Accusations

  1. Lori Saldaña says:

    I agree the behavior has escalated, perhaps because he’s in San Diego fulltime versus commuting to Washington, and/or because his 2009 divorce gave him a sense of “freedom to date,” which is how some of this boorish behavior was characterized.

    However the reality is, the percentage of women willing to come forward is quite small. I personality have heard from many women who have not come forward. They don’t want to risk damaging their reputation, career, or other relationships.

    This could have been avoided with a professional vetting of Filner when he announced plans to leave Congress & run or Mayor. I have copies of comparable research on other candidates done by profesional investigators.

    I’ll never understand why this wasn’t done on Filner or why, if done, it didn’t turn up these allegations. But you can count on these being done more carefully for future campaigns.

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