VIDEO: 'I Need Help' San Diego Mayor Says : The Two-WayAfter reports that he has sexually harassed numerous women, Mayor Bob Filner released a video statement in which he apologizes but does not talk about stepping down. The 70-year-old Democrat has only been in office about 6 months.
In a video statement to the people of his city, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner conceded Thursday that he has "failed to fully respect the women who work for me and with me, and that at times, I have intimidated them."
But as San Diego's KPBS reports, the 70-year-old Democrat also says he has no plans to resign. Instead, he is seeking "professional help" and asks that San Diego's citizens "give me an opportunity to prove I am capable of change so that the vision I have for our city's future can be realized."
San Diego's Union-Tribune writes that "the mayor had been under siege for two days after his political allies went public with unspecified allegations that Filner had sexually harassed 'numerous' women, including city employees. They called on him to resign from office."
"Both sides are accusing the other of engaging in questionable — even illegal — behavior. The mayor may have kicked Deputy City Attorney Andrew Jones out of a closed session City Council meeting, but the City Attorney's office is now being sued over inappropriately leaking a redacted transcript of that same meeting. Andrew Jones is also one of the names Filner singled out for firing when his budget cut $1.4 million from the City Attorney's budget."
Before becoming mayor, Filner was a member of Congress from 1993 through the end of 2012.