Sixteen women have charged Filner of acting improperly and the mayor last month acknowledged having “failed to fully respect the women who work for me and with me.” He voluntarily entered a behavioral therapy program, but has refused to step down despite widespread calls for him to leave office.
While several high profile Democrats including DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz have personally called on Filner to resign as has the San Diego County Democratic Party, this is the first time the national Democratic Party will urge him to step aside.
“We cannot reassure voters that a vote for a Democrat is a vote for a champion for women unless Democrats walk our talk on equality and take firm action in accordance with our values and stand up for women by condemning his behavior and calling on him to immediately resign as Mayor of San Diego,” reads a draft copy of the resolution obtained by CNN.
The five paragraph resolution, which will be voted upon at the DNC’s summer meeting this week in Phoenix, seeks to distance itself from Filner by emphasizing that the Democratic Party “condemns any person who creates a hostile work place or engages in sexually harassing and humiliating behavior towards women or men.”
It also urges Filner to “face the consequences of his actions, sparing his constituents the embarrassment and expense of a recall election.” If he doesn’t step down the DNC then asks the residents of his city to recall the mayor.