While the mayor has ignored repeated requests for interviews, he spoke freely with realtors Tuesday. Video from their meeting was shared with Fox 5 by an attendee.
Mayor Filner continued to cherry pick the media, offering one-on-one interviews with only a select few, Fox 5 was not one of them.
On Monday, in one interview, he said he has hired employment law attorney Harvey Berger. Fox 5 contacted Berger on Tuesday, but our calls were not returned.
Filner maintains he is not resigning.
Liam Dillon, a political reporter for Voice of San Diego, said if the mayor stays in office, he will have a tough road ahead accomplishing his agenda.
“His political capital is pretty much gone at this point,” said Dillon. “A lot of his supporters have deserted him. A majority of the City Council, specifically six members, have said ‘you need to go.’”
Dillon said it’s unlikely the six council members will forgive and forget. Yet, three others continue to stand behind him.
“We’ll see if he’s able to play things out differently, people’s memories can be short. We’ll see when push comes to shove on certain issues, if he’s able to push things forward,” said Dillon.
Dillon said the effort to push the Mayor out of office has essentially come to a standstill.
“We’re really at a stalemate situation,” said Dillon. “Neither side is budging. I think both sides have made their demands pretty clear.”
He said it may come down to a criminal investigation or recall, but no matter how you look at it, Filner isn’t leaving any time soon.
“The mayor’s the one who’s in office. He’s the one with the continued power so he just seems to believe he can ride this out,” said Dillon.
The San Diego Police Department said Tuesday no one has come forward to report any criminal allegations against the mayor.
Donna Frye, Marco Gonzalez and Cory Briggs, the trio that brought forth the original sexual harassment allegations against the mayor denied all requests for interviews Tuesday.
City Attorney Jan Goldsmith released a statement indicating his office continues to represent the city, but there have been no requests for legal advice by the mayor.