Dear Mayor Bob Filner,
You do not know me, but like the rest of the sane individuals
following your sexual harassment scandal, let me tell you, it is time to
resign. Actually, allow me to restate that: It was time to resign weeks
First, let me say I do believe in the fundamental principle that
people are innocent until proven guilty. You have yet to have been found
liable or guilty of anything in a court of law. But here is a news
flash for you: You are an elected official. Members of the electorate
went to the ballot box and put their faith in you to represent them
fairly and honestly. You are failing to do that.
Now, you may ask, does it set a bad precedent to tell an official to
resign just because he is accused of wrong doing? The answer is, it
absolutely would if that were what I'm advocating, but I am not. The
sheer volume of the complaints lodged against you is stunning. The
substance of the complaints -- a myriad of unwanted sexual advances --
As you well know, appearances matter in
politics. Appearances also matter in government. Yes, those two things
are still somewhat different. When your constituents have lost faith in
your ability to govern, not to mention be alone with any woman, it is
time to go.
It is increasingly difficult to get members of the electorate to go
to the polls and take part in local, state, and federal government.
People feel disconnected from their representatives. While this is a
real problem, and it is long past the time to change the public's low
regard of government, I only wish more of your constituents felt more
disconnected from you. Your decision to stay in office is doing nothing
to help the people's view of their elected representatives.
The only silver lining here is that the complaints lodged against you
are shocking. Thank goodness there is nothing routine or acceptable
about what so many women now claim you have subjected them to.
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