Enter a Marilyn Monroe impersonator and Bob Filner’s Theater of the Absurd is in full stage production, out of dress rehearsal and under the real lights.
On Friday, the ninth woman to come forward with accusations of sexual harassment is an impersonator of the famous long-dead blonde bombshell and latest explosion in a scandal that just seems to be getting worse and more surreal for the San Diego mayor and longtime Imperial Valley congressman.
What we can’t figure out is whether the charges against him are more damaging to Filner, or the fact that he is hanging on to his political office by the skin of his teeth, defiant to the end that he will not resign. That in and of itself is enough to consider he might have broken from reality, yet there’s more evidence.
This week, his lawyer believes the city should pay for his legal fees tied to the claims against him because — get this — the city did not provide Filner sexual harassment training.
There is something going on here that everyone is missing, and it might just be that Filner’s picnic basket is missing a few sandwiches.
But seriously, we realize all of this pathetic posturing by Filner and his legal team to justify, explain and hang on to the dying embers of his political career. But at what cost? At 70 years old with mounting accusations and few people coming to his defense, Filner’s political career is over.
He has his supporters, but not enough of them. Here in the Imperial Valley, we heard from a few people who are still appreciative of the work he did while serving the Valley in Congress, but even they wouldn’t go too far out on a limb to defend the man.
More than 60 percent of San Diegans polled recently believe the man should resign, and yet it looks like he will hold on until a recall runs its course, costing the city of San Diego more money in addition to more headaches, more jeers and more jokes.
Bob Filner, surprisingly, has not entered that pop culture reference point around the country that embattled New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has, but he’s not far off. It would certainly be nice if he resigned before it gets to that point.
We don’t expect much, though. Filner has blinders on now, fully hunkered down into a siege mentality and probably not thinking any of this through without the filter of arrogance and infallibility.
He really did do so much for the Valley. Love him or leave him, he was poised to end his career with a pretty good legacy. Now, he’ll just be that San Diego mayor embroiled in scandal who went down kicking and screaming.
THE ISSUE: Accusations mount against Filner
WE SAY: He needs to quit, but is being arrogant and delusional