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In new book, Filner admits his sex addiction, mistakes

"Now I see it wasn't the sex I was after; it was the power."

Filner in 2013 after announcement of resignation. "I always assumed these encounters were consensual."
Filner in 2013 after announcement of resignation. "I always assumed these encounters were consensual."

Former Mayor Bob Filner, who was forced to resign from office after a short stay, has written a self-published book, Trumping Trump: Making Democrats Progressive Again. It is available on Amazon.

One irony is that President Trump is barely mentioned. The main focus of the book is his plan for progressives to regain political power. He confesses that his years in office (including city council, Congress and the mayoralty) "had made me arrogant and drunk with power." He thought his positions "exempted me from the rules."

"I never stole money, but I did abuse my power as an elected official to convince women to sleep with me," writes Filner, who had not admitted his many sexual adventures before."My arrogance blinded me to the demeaning way that I had treated women." He was having casual relationships and considered then "one of the perks of office...I always assumed these encounters were consensual." His sexual encounters became addictive — "I had to have more and more conquests." Writes Filner, "Now I see it wasn't the sex I was after; it was the power." He doesn't mention it, but Filner had a reputation as a womanizer when he was in Congress.

In the days leading up to his resignation, women said that he had come on strong to them. But there was no discussion of whether he had succeeded. Now he has come clean.

He says he became a progressive at age 13, when he met Martin Luther King, who was in his 20s. His father told him King would become a great man.

He relates how he attended Tea Party and Trump rallies to see how the opposition works. He saw white supremacists, but also middle-class people who wanted jobs and money for their children's education. He praises Republican Newt Gingrich for his ability to get things through the House when Republicans had been out of power for decades.

He supports solar systems on public buildings and realizes San Diego Gas & Electric will fight that. He deplores the maneuver by which the California Public Utilities Commission permitted the costs of San Onofre's decommissioning to be shifted to ratepayers. He attacks corporate welfare, particularly how billionaire sports team owners fleece citizens to pay for stadiums. These are not just progressive ideas; conservatives should join in, too — and have. He discusses how corrupt lawyers have taken advantage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

He realizes he made mistakes while mayor of San Diego. For instance, he initially wanted to approve every contract personally. But that slowed things down. He now realizes he should have hired a director of purchasing to do the job for him.

In his last chapter, he discusses how the language has changed. Immigrants are no longer a source of economic strength for the nation, "but they are the explanation for all our problems," he writes. Peace is no longer mankind's universal hope, but is "the result of weakness and appeasement." And "corporations" have been turned into "people."

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Filner in 2013 after announcement of resignation. "I always assumed these encounters were consensual."
Filner in 2013 after announcement of resignation. "I always assumed these encounters were consensual."

Former Mayor Bob Filner, who was forced to resign from office after a short stay, has written a self-published book, Trumping Trump: Making Democrats Progressive Again. It is available on Amazon.

One irony is that President Trump is barely mentioned. The main focus of the book is his plan for progressives to regain political power. He confesses that his years in office (including city council, Congress and the mayoralty) "had made me arrogant and drunk with power." He thought his positions "exempted me from the rules."

"I never stole money, but I did abuse my power as an elected official to convince women to sleep with me," writes Filner, who had not admitted his many sexual adventures before."My arrogance blinded me to the demeaning way that I had treated women." He was having casual relationships and considered then "one of the perks of office...I always assumed these encounters were consensual." His sexual encounters became addictive — "I had to have more and more conquests." Writes Filner, "Now I see it wasn't the sex I was after; it was the power." He doesn't mention it, but Filner had a reputation as a womanizer when he was in Congress.

In the days leading up to his resignation, women said that he had come on strong to them. But there was no discussion of whether he had succeeded. Now he has come clean.

He says he became a progressive at age 13, when he met Martin Luther King, who was in his 20s. His father told him King would become a great man.

He relates how he attended Tea Party and Trump rallies to see how the opposition works. He saw white supremacists, but also middle-class people who wanted jobs and money for their children's education. He praises Republican Newt Gingrich for his ability to get things through the House when Republicans had been out of power for decades.

He supports solar systems on public buildings and realizes San Diego Gas & Electric will fight that. He deplores the maneuver by which the California Public Utilities Commission permitted the costs of San Onofre's decommissioning to be shifted to ratepayers. He attacks corporate welfare, particularly how billionaire sports team owners fleece citizens to pay for stadiums. These are not just progressive ideas; conservatives should join in, too — and have. He discusses how corrupt lawyers have taken advantage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

He realizes he made mistakes while mayor of San Diego. For instance, he initially wanted to approve every contract personally. But that slowed things down. He now realizes he should have hired a director of purchasing to do the job for him.

In his last chapter, he discusses how the language has changed. Immigrants are no longer a source of economic strength for the nation, "but they are the explanation for all our problems," he writes. Peace is no longer mankind's universal hope, but is "the result of weakness and appeasement." And "corporations" have been turned into "people."

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So, as in court, and now is a self published book, an admission by the former Mayor of his wrong doing. His free and willful actions apparently to not only feed his ego, but his insatiable appetite for power. But is this sickness really about "power" or power over women?

As I recall Don, you defended Filner vehemently and implied, if not outright said, he was the victim of those who wield power in San Diego. But, if we choose to believe Filner now, he caused his own demise. Sadly, I suspect that there are many other real victims preyed upon by Filner we will never know of.

April 25, 2017

JustWondering: The book does not mention anything about the alleged sexual harassment incidents in San Diego. Nor does he say where he was having sex with women. I believe most of it was in Washington D.C., but I don't know. If he was a sex addict, I would guess San Diego was the scene of some of the conquests for which he now feels remorse.

Now to the sexual harassment charge: I still feel the way I did when I was defending Filner. First, sexual harassment has to "create a hostile work environment." Almost all of those women whom Gloria Allred trotted out, timed every other day for maximum news effect, were NOT victims of sexual harassment. They did not work for the city. Two of the women who did work for the city were, in my judgment, not credible. There may have been a third that was credible, but I don't know that this was made public.

Most importantly, the prosecutors charged that when Filner put his arm around a couple of women, he was endangering them and committing sexual battery. This is ridiculous. He did these things at large public gatherings. Second, the prosecutors told Filner that they would break him financially if he didn't confess. Then they charged him with the criminal chokeholds that were anything but. Those prosecutors were the ones that should have been charged with a crime.

Finally, the sheriff's office should have known better to establish a hotline for women to report Filner violations. Is it any surprise that a few women who were known to be money-grubbers called in? And is it any surprise that the only publication that reported these dubious claims was the Reader? One political wag put it during the Bill Clinton impeachment matter that if you drag a ten dollar bill through a trailer park, you will get many takers.

In the book, Filner makes no mention of any of this, but fairly recently he has said that he didn't sexually harass anybody. i suspect he was right on that. In his relationships with women, Filner was living in the 1950s. He admits he treated them inappropriately. This was stupid. But sexually harass employees in San Diego? I haven't asked asked if he still believes that he didn't do that. Best, Don Bauder

April 25, 2017

Who cares? Of course it was all about power. Politics is all about power. Politicians do not care about anything else. Follow the money and you will find the real power.

April 25, 2017

AlexClarke: Amen. Politics is all about power. I have never seen a scientific study on the matter, but I believe that there is a definite correlation between power and sexual misdeeds. At least, that is true for men. Filner describes it very well in this book.

Incidentally, I was a registered Republican when Bill Clinton was impeached (but not convicted). I thought that whole thing was ridiculous, too.

Have you seen what the former Fox employees have said about Roger Ailes? He didn't harass; he propositioned. Blatantly. That is really reprehensible. So, too, is a man who continues to harass an employee even after she has reported the incidents to the human resources department. To the best of my memory, there wasn't anybody who worked for the city who reported Filner, only to see him continue the activity. Best, Don Bauder

April 25, 2017

Maybe Bob should have been encouraged to seek professional help for his addictions. He had redeemable qualities and beneficial values before the circus came to town.

April 25, 2017

shirleyberan: Filner should have taken sexual harassment courses and taken the recommendations to heart. I don't believe he did. Best, Don Bauder

April 25, 2017

His political actions and aspirations seemed ideal. It's a real shame about his personality quirk.

April 25, 2017

swell: He proposed many things that rattled the establishment. They tried to figure out how to oust him. His sexual past was the best thing. If Mayor Sanders or Kevin Faulconer had committed the same misdeeds in the same volume, it would have been hushed up, because they were doing the plutocrats' bidding.

Filner should have realized his behavior was making himself vulnerable -- not in Washington, but certainly in San Diego. Best, Don Bauder

April 25, 2017

There are inconsistencies in his story. He was power hungry he admits, but while a congressman, for many terms, did very little to lead the way. Haven't we heard that he actually never introduced a piece of legislation, or at least one that passed and become law? He's been accused of telling Filipino war veterans repeatedly he was "fighting" for them and for redress for having been forgotten, yet never accomplished a thing. He had become a professional politician, and enjoyed that for too long.

April 25, 2017

Visduh: That I don't know. I never heard that he never introduced a piece of legislation. The book tells how he tried to advance the progressive agenda, but doesn't get into such details. Best, Don Bauder

April 25, 2017

Filner was probably exercising his power while he was in Washington. But inside the beltway there is a tolerance for that behavior because to speak out would ruin your career. Filner should have used the playbook that other politicians, like Duke Cunningham, and stuck with prostitutes.

April 25, 2017

Ponzi: The same was true with Bill Clinton. He should have kept a prostitute or sex-obsessed female in the White House. Jack Kennedy had a whore in the White House -- provided by a Chicago Mafioso -- and also had a mistress who was about half his age right there. He wasn't as public with his liaisons. Also, the press gave both Kennedy and Johnson a break about not reporting the sexual misconduct that reporters knew existed.

Clinton had a terrible reputation for promiscuity in Arkansas. In the end, he was exonerated in the trial following the impeachment. However, the report by the prosecutors about his and Monica's antics sure made good porn reading.

There is no doubt that power breeds such behavior. But I also believe that taking big risks is part of the psychological profile -- the forbidden fruit angle. Best, Don Bauder

April 25, 2017

Sexual harassment is usually difficult to prove, as it tends to happen when there are no witnesses. But, like claims of rape, it is a thing that both men and women have to live with. Often it is used as a weapon against men.

I have a friend who is a registered sex offender. Eighteen years ago his wife claimed he 'touched' his daughter. On her word, he was convicted and he will forever be on the list of offenders, his photo and current address available for all to see online. I also know the daughter, who visits him frequently and tells me it was all a lie.

I'm a man, and so I must carefully avoid being alone with other peoples' children. I don't yet worry much about being alone with women.

omphaloskepsis often

April 25, 2017

swell: You are right on that. A man has to be very careful. So does a woman, since females can be charged with sexual harassment, too. Somebody on this blog said that a woman at work rubbed her breast against his elbow. I had that happen to me more than once at the Union-Tribune. Would I have reported the female for sexual harassment? Never. That began happening to me beginning in high school, but I am an ugly duckling and I am sure got less of it than other handsome boys. Best, Don Bauder

April 25, 2017

I worked in an office staffed with women. I waited my whole career to be sexually harassed. Oh well, guess I didn't qualify for attention by harassing females. You, no doubt, have heard of the Lee sisters: Ug Lee and Hom Lee. I was their brother Lone Lee.

April 26, 2017

Ah yes, they lived next door to the Rrhia sisters; Dia, Pyo & Gono. Great bunch of gals.

April 26, 2017

swell: You are going to get in trouble with the distaff side. Best, Don Bauder

April 26, 2017

AlexClarke: And all this time I have been told that you are a dashing Lothario. Best, Don Bauder

April 26, 2017

This reveals why he didn't fight those ridiculous charges in court, charges that were easily defeated in later civil cases, even after the criminal convictions. He had a history that he didn't want revealed, that had nothing to do with the circus that brought him down. Bill Clinton, Clarence Thomas, and Donald Trump all did worse, but are supported by those that condemned Filner. His real crime was standing in the way of corrupt development, and listening to local concerns.

April 26, 2017

Psycholizard: In the book, he doesn't mention anything about the charges against him and the events surrounding his resignation. But he is a very intelligent person and he has to know that the prosecutors' actions threatening to break him financially and send him to prison for putting his arm around a female -- were trumped up, absurd. I believe Goldsmith should be tried for using those techniques -- except many prosecutors do the same thing often. Now THERE is a reform politicians should work on! Another reason Filner didn't discuss these matters is that, I suspect, he does not have permission of his lawyers to talk yet. Best, Don Bauder

April 26, 2017

Developers and Downtown Business Interests own and run San Diego and have done so for decades. San Diego has been the builder and developer's playground for decades. I have heard it described in more colorful language @ some of the local watering holes that would fit into the sexual escapades story here, but you get the idea, this is a family publication and you can use your imagination to fill in the blanks.. The Downtown Business Community and Powerful Developer Interests install their Puppet Mayor and most of the City Council to do their bidding. They have had previous powerful City Manager's on their puppet strings also before the so called "strong Mayor changes".

The Mayor, Council, City Attorney, DA and County Board of Supervisors all play ball with them and do their bidding OR they they are "set up" for a "political accident" and their careers come crashing down. The list is long. I can give you a few examples that Don Bauder has already documented in his career:
1) Roger Hedgecock PART 1 OF 3

April 26, 2017

SportsFan0000: When I joined the San Diego Union in 1973, I was told by some top editors that the real estate industry -- particularly developers -- ran the county, but progress was being made to change things. Now it is 2017 and I don't see any progress being made. Best, Don Bauder

April 26, 2017

Roger Hedgecock started his career as a left of center environmentalist, activist attorney. He gets elected Mayor. Downtown Business Establishment, Builders/Developers, the Copley Press etc COMPLETELY FREAK OUT. Hedgecock looks like a guy they might not be able to control. They concoct a "political accident" to ruin Hedgecock and force him out of the Mayor's chair on " trumped up charges." The flimsy campaign finance charges only happen to be what every US Presidential candidate, Congressional candidate and State Office candidate were doing at that time in financing their campaigns...moving money from various fundraising entities into their campaign. SD Power Establishment including the local DA conveniently decides that this is a good ruse to get rid of the then progressive Republican young hot shot newly elected Mayor Hedgecock because he would not play ball with them. After Hedgecock is blown out of office by the Downtown business establishment and Developers who control SD, Development goes into high gear and subsidies for the downtown establishment CCDC AND OTHERS. Hedgecock is a quick learner after resigning his office, then he "switches sides" and becomes a right wing radio "shock jock" because that is where the money is. PART 2 OF 3

April 26, 2017

SportsFan0000: I disagree 100 percent. I was writing about the J. David scam for a long time. There is absolutely no question that money was flowing illegally out of J. David to Hedgecock' campaign. He was guilty and that's why 23 of the 24 jurors believed so. It was not a trumped-up charge at all. Best, Don Bauder

April 26, 2017

I will take your word for it Don, You know a lot more about J David Dominelli and his SCAMS than just about anyone in San Diego. Maybe his his ex wives and his attorneys will take any remaining secrets to their graves..

May 1, 2017

PART 3 OF 3
Mike Aguirre wins the City Attorneys race as a progressive Reformer.
Downtown establishment, Builders, DA, all the local Republican heavyweights including the Copley Press are all over Aguirre like a cheap suit from day one trying to "take him down"...They cannot have a powerful, progressive Democrat uncovering all their local scams, taxpayer subsidies, back room deals etc... The Republican establishment gang up on the guy and make him a 1 term City Attorney throwing so much sh** on the wall that they make it certain Aguirre does not use the City Attorney's Office as a springboard to the Mayor's office . Filner was a set up from day 1. Dems should have fielded a much stronger candidate and done their homework since Filner had a terrible reputation as a skirt chaser in DC. Everyone knew that fact. Dem leadership in SD should have found a stronger candidate. Filner walked into the Mayor's office with a sign on his back "go ahead and kick me out".. Seeing what the SD Establishment did to Hedgecock and Aguirre, Filner and the Dems should have been forewarned that they needed a "sqeaky clean" candidate for Mayor. Filner was openly against giving the Chargers hundreds of millions in taxpayer subsidies for a new Chargers stadium. That was a deal breaker for the Downtown SD Business Establishment, Developer Community and their mouthpiece the UT. He was a goner for sure and very easy pickings based on his past, documented bad reputation. Filner was a fool to run after what similar groups did to Bill Clinton. SD has majority Democratic Voter Registration in the City so you would think that it would vote in a Democrat as Mayor and a Democratic City Council Majority. The only Democratic Mayor that the local Downtown business establishment and Builder Community allowed in San Diego was Maureen O'Connor. And O'Connor was good friends with heavy hitters in the SD Downtown Business Establishment, the Developers, the Media (Helen Copley) etc. And, her husband was a heavy hitting business executive etc..The local Downtown SD Business Establishment had numerous open channels to O'Connor so they tolerated her.....But, Not One other Democrat as Mayor with a majority voting registration as Democrats in San Diego?! And a County Board of Supervisors that has been All Republicans for DECADES (with only a brief reprise with one seat and that Dave Roberts was run off the Board on a Rail Quite Quickly After Only 1 Term..)... That tells you all you need to know about who is running this town.. And, I will give you a clue: It is not the Mayor, Council and/or City Hall..

April 26, 2017

Is the greater city of San Diego and it's development processes controlled (via political obligation) controlled majority by cretin residents that live in "the ranch?"

Seems so.

April 26, 2017

Ponzi: You are correct. I believe one reason that almost nothing is done about the infrastructure is that so many in the power structure live in Rancho Santa Fe or environs. They want corporate welfare that lines their pockets and don't care a whit that those who actually live in San Diego, or most parts of the county, are suffering because of the neglect of the infrastructure.

Money talks, but why must it nauseate? Best, Don Bauder

April 27, 2017

SportsFan0000: I agree 100 percent that Aguirre was run out of office reprehensibly. The Union-Tribune was the whore for the downtown plutocrats on that one. The paper completely smeared him with false charges, slanted stories, dishonest editorials and non-news items. To quote Trump, the U-T's coverage of Aguirre was FAKE JOURNALISM.

i disagree on Maureen O'Connor. I believe she was a very good mayor and i don't think she was swayed by the downtown oligarchs to any significant degree. Best, Don Bauder

April 26, 2017

Trump is the King of Fake Facts and Fake News. Trump was the creation of the Right Wing Media Fake News/Fake Facts machine Primarily Fake/Fox News WITH ITS SERIAL SEXUAL HARASSERS and Gasbag Radio with the belching, pill smuggling complete fool at the ratings helm. The top guy on the AM Right Wing Conspiracies everywhere garbage in garbage out Radio show took 4 college classes(according to his own mother) and flunked all 4 classes including gym class?! How can you flunk gym class?! That is very hard to do lol! Trump is psychologically projecting: Everything he says is the opposite. When he accused his opponents, he was 10X worse in all categories. Politifact Named Trump "Liar of the Year" in 2016 UNANIMOUSLY IT WAS NOT EVEN CLOSE...

April 27, 2017

SportsFan0000: Yes, Trump joined the redneck right to win the election. Now he is backing away from his multiple promises to please those ignorant voters. He has done switcheroos on so many rabble-pleasing positions that it is laughable. His followers don't say anything about his reversals because they don't read newspapers or online sites, and their opinions are formed by watching Fox. They may not know that he has double-crossed them after getting their votes. Sorry situation. Best, Don Bauder

April 27, 2017

Off topic, but I thought this would be a good place to suggest you read a Vanity Fair story about Donald Trump published 27 years ago (1990). It's an amazing story; Trump read Hitler speeches, was disrespectful to women, bullied and bluffed business partners. Too bad the people did not dig up and read these old interviews. Probably would have made no difference though.

http://www.vanityfair.com/magazine/2015/07/donald-ivana-trump-divorce-prenup-marie-brenner

People are figuring out Trump. Look at today's story in the New York Times titled "A Calmer Mexico Sees Trump Anew: as a 'Bluffer' at the Poker Table"

April 27, 2017

Ponzi: You can bet I will read that article. Best, Don Bauder

April 27, 2017

Maureen O'Connor was commendable and tried to do her best. However, she was not a Reformer per se. She played the game and navigated the local powers that be and survived. She did not "rock the boat". and was probably warned by her friend Helen Copley that it would not be a good idea to do so..

April 27, 2017

SportsFan0000: I saw Maureen make courageous land use decisions while mayor. After her term was over, she publicly opposed the ballpark/stadium remake/ 60,000 seat guarantee scams. Yes, she was a friend of Helen's, but I doubt that Helen attempted to sway her positions. Best, Don Bauder

April 27, 2017

I am not sure how you lasted at the UT as long as you did Don!? You must have had friends and/or Angels in high places over @ the UT like maybe Helen Copley..?! .Or you are just one savvy political operator. With all the investigative journalism and explosive stuff you came up with?! I know that Doug Manchester would have tried to silence you or fire you..

April 27, 2017

SportsFan0000: Yes, Herb Klein was trying to get me fired, as were the top editors of the U-T. I think two factors helped me stay until I reached retirement age (67): 1. I had a following and they knew it. 2. Helen Copley stuck by me. She especially appreciated my worki with Maureen to thwart Edison's attempt to take over SDG&E. And she appreciated my productivity. Best, Don Bauder

April 27, 2017

Jay Berman: How do you know that Trump only talked about it? I suspect that he was as active in womanizing as Filner was -- perhaps more so. Best, Don Bauder

April 26, 2017

Trump allegedly was on that sex parties plane to the Bahamas with his hedge fund billionaire buddy who got popped and convicted and is now a registered sex offender. Attorney Gloria Allred's daughter, also an Attorney, Lisa Bloom has a client that was suing Trump for raping her as when she was under the legal age of consent...She bailed on the case and claimed that her life had been threatened according to Attorney Lisa Bloom.. T man was a notorious skirt chaser and, allegedly, has lots of side action throughout his multiple marriages.,.

April 27, 2017

SportsFan0000: I did not know that Lisa Bloom is Allred's daughter. I thought she looked like her, with a squeaky voice and aggressiveness of Allred, but I was ignorant of the mother-daughter relationship, if it exists.

Also, I believe there are several sex-related suits against Trump. Don't take that as gospel: I will have to check that. Best, Don Bauder

April 27, 2017

SportsFan0000: Many thanks. Best, Don Bauder

April 27, 2017

SportsFan0000: I am not surprised by what you say at all. I had heard chatter about that but never found reading material on the subject. I hate to say it, but I would not be surprised if Bloom and her client have dug up even more. Best, Don Bauder

April 27, 2017

Trump has not changed since taking office. This is a snippet from a Vanity Fair story published this month: "A couple of weeks earlier, during a visit by the Japanese prime minister, Shinzō Abe, the president told an acquaintance that he was obsessed with the translator’s breasts—although he expressed this in his own, fragrant fashion."

April 27, 2017

Ponzi: Did anyone expect him to change if he got elected? Best, Don Bauder

April 28, 2017

The political rat pack played with Heff at the playboy mansion. Sloppy pig parties.

April 27, 2017

shirleyberan: Yes, Heffner and his magazine, Playboy, appealed to and celebrated the male chauvinist pig. A roué was a hero in that magazine and milieu. That is probably a reason Playboy is moribund now. Society has outgrown it. Best, Don Bauder

April 27, 2017

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