SAN DIEGO, CA — In light of the most recent details given in the sexual harassment allegations against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, members of San Diego’s Democratic Party are trying to take a position on the issue.
“As a woman its exceedingly disturbing,” said Francine Busby, Chair of San Diego’s Democratic Party.
Busby added that as more people including members of her party start calling on Mayor Filner to resign amid the accusations, he has a right to keep his job.
“Those rights are that he has the time to get the treatment that he needs,” said Busby who plans to meet with members of her board and the Mayor this Thursday.
Busby said Monday the Mayor had yet to confirm the invitation.
Monday, Filner said in a statement he had no plans to resign.
The San Diego City Charter is clear and concise when it comes to a Mayor leaving the city; there are only 2 ways a Mayor can leave office, either by resignation or by a recall.
At least one local group is already working on a recall to force Filner out office but some say it would be an uphill battle.
“It could be a very costly and not a necessarily successful process,” said Busby.
A recall would require well over 100,000 signatures and cost the city tens of thousands of dollars, maybe even more based on past estimates.
“The city of San Diego can’t afford it and the circus that it would bring about would be ridiculous,” said Political Analyst and Strategist, Ric Epps.
He said a recall would be too big of a distraction, so much so it would keep the city council from effectively doing its job.
“You would hope that before it got to that point he would step away,” said Epps in regards to Mayor Filner.
Whether the Mayor steps away or is forced out, Epps explains there are plenty of folks in the wings who could take his place.
“Todd Gloria is up there, people have suggested Donna Frye, people who’ve ran before like Bonnie Dumanis who is a very credible leader, there’s also Nathan Fletcher, he may be interested in bigger things than this though; Carl DeMaio, City Councilmember Kevin Faulconer; no one can’t suggest these people wouldn’t take the chance, provided that it came to them,” said Epps.
None of the former candidates or people in Epps’ list has said they’re interested in running for Mayor.
San Diego District Attorney, Bonnie Dumanis, did express she is absolutely not interested.