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Life is not all dreary debates and political fundraising for Democratic congressman and San Diego mayoral candidate Bob Filner, based on online accounts of various charity events and performances he's been showing up at around the county.

"Accompanying Congressman Filner was Ms. Bronwyn Ingram, a government analyst," says a feature on the Epoch Times website describing Filner's Saturday appearance at a Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company event in Escondido.

Next to a large photo of the beaming couple, the account quotes the twice-divorced Filner as saying, "Someone asked me as I came out of the show, ‘Why aren’t you campaigning for Mayor now?’

"I replied, ‘This will help my campaign because it makes me more relaxed, inspired and thoughtful.’ It brings you down to a level where you’re more in touch with yourself and the universe."

“It was incredible! The combination of the music, the colors, the dancing … the playfulness of everything, it was really marvelous!”

Other local appearances Filner and Ingram have made together include November's Friends of Scott Foundation fundraiser at Downtown's Anthology nightclub.

According to the Epoch Times piece on the Escondido event, "Congressman Filner was aware of the virtues expressed by Shen Yun."

“It was clear the sense of justice and goodness," Filner was quoted as saying, "with the eccentric monk (Crazy Ji Saves the Day) saving the young woman in distress, or the divine rescuing of those who were exercising their free speech and meditation."

“But it was also a playful thing, like the playful monks. Yes, they were meditative and thoughtful and mindful, but when the abbot went away, they liked to play. It showed the fullness of all of our lives.

"It shows the reality of life because there are so many elements to a human being. This brought them all out."

“It helps to understand the culture … just to be thoughtful for a while and be carried away by the music, the dance and the colors, is helpful to bring peace and harmony to the world.”

According to Wikipedia, "the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shen_Yun_Performing_Arts ">Shen Yun troupe is associated with the Falun Gong spiritual practice and performances around the world are hosted by local Falun Dafa Associations."

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mridolf Jan. 23, 2012 @ 9:03 p.m.

So, uh, Matt. You've become the , um, TMZ crew of the San Diego political scene? What exactly are you saying here? Or, what point are you trying to make?

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InOmbra Jan. 24, 2012 @ 8:43 a.m.

I liked this report, so, thanks Matt. It is nice to know that one mayoral candidate is doing something more enlightening than attending Urban Land Institute forums sponsored by Republican developers looking for their next new tool.

The helpful link describes Falun Gong as placing "a heavy emphasis on morality and the cultivation of virtue in its central tenets of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Forbearance..." and "great importance on participation in the secular world. Falun Gong adherents are required to maintain regular jobs and family lives, to observe the laws of their respective governments, and are instructed not to distance themselves from society."

That sounds like an excellent focus for our next San Diego mayor.

And Bronwyn is cute! Also, if you click on the first link, Bob got in a free campaign ad for his candidacy.

Go Bob!

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Gail Powell Jan. 24, 2012 @ 6:51 p.m.

I bet Bob will also be in the audience when the Dali Lama comes to town to pontificate in April. Now I think I know why Bob Filner decided to support the medical marijuana crowd last month in OB: "It makes me more relaxed, inspired and thoughtful.’ It brings you down to a level where you’re more in touch with yourself and the universe. It was incredible! The combination of the music, the colors, the dancing … the playfulness of everything, it was really marvelous!" Oh wait, that's the Shen Yun Performing Arts!

If I took anything out of context here, it would probably only help Bob anyway.

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