Filner : What Might Have Been

As Bob Filner makes his graceless exit from San Diego’s mayoral office, his ex fiancee mourns about what might have been.

Ingram had campaigned with Filner and after his election had begun leading efforts to help the homeless….

“The platform that Bob and I campaigned on with the emphasis on empowering neighborhoods can and should move forward if that is still the will of the voters,” Ingram said. …

“To have a Democratic mayor in a city that’s constantly run by Republicans,” she said, “was very exciting to a lot of us and we had big plans.”

She said she had not witnessed the 70-year-old Filner engaging in the abusive, harassing behavior that was alleged by 18 women in recent weeks. But she added, “I would find it hard to believe that they were all fabricating those stories.”

She was at a loss to explain Filner’s alleged misconduct. “I don’t know if it has anything to do with sex or love. I think it has to do with power and control, so of course, it feels awful, it feels horrible.”

Whitaker asked what she would tell Filner if she could speak to him.

“Why? Why did you do this?” she said. “This was not the plan. This was way off the plan. We could have done a lot. It’s sad.”


The question that comes to my mind about the exit is that apparently the city of San Diego is going to pick up law-suit damages against Filner in return for his speedy exit.  I hope someone has run the numbers against the cost of a re-call and the weeks lost if he is not removed.  Seem like a potential land-mine to promise to pick up what, 16 possible law-suites, and counting….