Notorious former San Diego mayor freed from house arrest after three months
Bob Filner is once again unchained. On Sunday, the Democrat former mayor and congressman was allowed to remove the tracking device from his ankle and venture beyond the walls of his downtown San Diego condo. He was ‘lojacked’ for three months while under house arrest.
Filner pleaded guilty to sexually harassing, battering and falsely imprisoning women. His “Filner headlock” became a running national joke. Twenty women came forward to accuse him of groping, licking or headlocking them in meetings after he became mayor. One attack occurred at a “Meet the Mayor” event. Accusers include his communications director, city hall employees and members of the public.
The former mayor will remain on probation for three years. If he stays out of trouble, his felony battery conviction for headlocking a woman at a fundraiser will be reduced to a misdemeanor.
In addition to the home confinement Filner will have to serve three years of probation. At the end of that time, if he has complied with all the probation conditions, he will be allowed to have the felony false imprisonment sentence reduced to a misdemeanor and eventually expunged under the terms of the plea bargain.
Peggy Shannon didn’t want the money. She wanted a little respect, something that she hadn’t gotten from former Mayor Bob Filner. So today, the San Diego City Hall worker will receive a formal apology and proclamation that today is Peggy Shannon Day.
Shannon is one of a of women smooched, groped, licked, head-locked and harassed by the now former mayor. By the time the women extract their pounds of flesh, it will be into the millions of dollars.
The great grandmother is an anomaly. She just wanted a little dignity. The deal was worked out with the City Attorney and Shannon’s attorney, Gloria Allred, according to 10News,
“All of the parties agreed with Ms. Shannon that this was the way to resolve her claim,” said City Attorney Jan Goldsmith. “Receiving an apology is important to Peggy Shannon, and honoring her allows us to express our respect for her and her courage.”
If Peggy Shannon thinks this will give her back some dignity, so be it. She was a victim. The MAYOR was undignified. If it were me, I’d rather have a check and an apology and have the city save its party for a hero.
I’ve heard that Filner paid attention to Shannon because he felt sorry for her. He thought his unwanted sexual advances would buck up her outlook. That Filner thought his disgusting behavior could boost Shannon’s ego explains what a sick letch he is. Ick.
Here’s part of the statement by Shannon’s attorney, Gloria Allred,
San Diego Mayor Filner and Sex Harassment Scandal
Peggy Shannon, a senior citizen, who is a great-grandmother, who works at the Senior Citizens Service Desk in San Diego City Hall and who was the victim of sexual harassment by former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will receive an apology today from the San Diego City Council. Today has also been proclaimed Peggy Shannon Day in San Diego.
The great-grandmother alleged that she was the victim of continuous inappropriate sexual advances by the Mayor while trying to do her job at City Hall. For example, Ms. Shannon alleged that the Mayor hugged and kissed her on the lips without her permission.
Kevin Faulconer is the new mayor of San Diego, becoming the only Republican mayor among the nation’s top ten cities. He replaces Bob Filner, the headlock happy, cheek licking, grope a dope who was urged out of office by a conga line of female gropees.
Other leaders of the GOP are taking notes on how Faulconer wooed Democrats and Independents and beat a far lefty in a majority Democrat town despite being outspent and outgunned by outside unionistas. The SEIU, public employee unions and outside unions gave David Alvarez $4.5 million in cash and untold amounts of in-kind donations. By election day, Faulconer had been outspent by $1 million.
It will come down to ground game, of course. How did Faulconer garner such a commanding early lead–13%– in the mail in balloting? How did he get people to the polls?
Despite a fairly dignified campaign, talk of the I-8 divide was always present, albeit sotto voce. North of I-8 represents white affluence and suburbia while south represents the generally more economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. David Alvarez, who hails from Barrio Logan (south of I-8), constantly referred to helping “our neighborhoods” while Faulconer who hails from the Pt. Loma area (also south of I-8) spent more time on big picture San Diego economic growth. Seminar callers were heard on local talk radio pretending to be Republicans and saying how wonderful unions were and the alt weeklies wrote their screeds about cotton candy Republican ‘scandals’ timed for publication right before the election. It was all quite a show. All the actors played their parts.
So how did Faulconer do it? A large part of the answer lies in the e-braceleted ankle of Filner. He was a dud and people were sick of do-over elections. Voter fatigue could have set in. There were three elections in less than two years. One which elected Filner and two others to replace him.
And the Democrat brand didn’t seem to have the same sparkle as before. An endorsement by President Obama did not move the needle for Alvarez. In fact, Republicans were high fiving at the desperate Hail Mary, as evidenced by former GOP chief Ron Nehring tweets on election night.
The national scribes noted the air ball endorsement,
The website ebosswatch.com has named former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner America’s Worst Boss. All the “top” vote getters share this dubious distinction in this year’s voting,
The managers who made this year’s list of America’s Worst Bosses were named in workplace lawsuits filed by their employees or were accused of workplace harassment and/or sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and/or creating a hostile work environment.
And these boorish, buffoonish, mean (mostly) boys also cost a lot of people A LOT of money,
To date, the 2013 America’s Worst Bosses have cost their employers over $52 million in monetary damages and lawsuit settlement payments. Of this amount, the 33 bad bosses in the public sector have cost their respective taxpayers over $21 million.
Herewith is the partial list of America’s Worst Bosses: