Charlie Morgenstern 11 a.m., May 24
How Goldsmith tries the Filner case on TV
Tosses about words like "sociopathic," "lack of conscience."
City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, a bitter enemy of Mayor Bob Filner, is fishing about for a pretext for getting a restraining order against Filner.
He may try the "hostile workplace" charge that is arising from the sexual harassment accusations.
And/or he may try to find a so-called financial charge -- say, misuse of city funds tied to credit card expenses (which at this point are an embarrassingly small sum, and probably explained by the tumult in the mayor's office.)
Yesterday (Aug. 16) on CNN, Goldsmith was asked by a reporter about the "little used section [in local law] about firing city officers for unauthorized use of city money." The previous part of the discussion had focused on so-caled sexual harassment charges.
Goldsmith replied: "Somebody is so brazen and abusive in personal [matters], often, often that translates into the same type of conduct in financial affairs."
Has Goldsmith, rather than Filner, gone into the abyss?
In an earlier interview with KUSI, Goldsmith spoke of Filner's "sociopathic characteristics" and "lack of conscience."
More like this:
- Damn, Jan, you're in a jam — March 19, 2015
- City attorney Goldsmith boasted how he worked on Filner ouster for 8 months — Oct. 18, 2013
- Filner, Goldsmith slated to meet tomorrow — Aug. 18, 2013
- Mayor Filner welcomes an investigation proclaiming he is innocent — July 12, 2013
- Did City Attorney Jan Goldsmith lift the suspension on closed session meetings? — July 7, 2013