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Rep. Diana DeGette, a Colorado congresswoman, told the Denver Post and MSNBC today (November 20) that former San Diego mayor Bob Filner tried to grope her in an elevator. Both were in Congress at the time, she said. She stated they got into an elevator together and Filner tried to push her to the door of the elevator and attempted to kiss her. She pushed him away, she said.

DeGette also stated that when she was a young congresswoman, she attended a diplomatic dinner at which a French diplomat tried to put his hand up her dress.

While he was mayor, female employees charged Filner with sexual harassment. Some got rich settlements. Prosecutors told Filner they would bankrupt him unless he pleaded guilty to harassment. Then, they threatened him with criminal charges unless he confessed, which he did.

He wrote a book after his removal from the mayoralty. In the book, he admitted to being a womanizer. He was having sex outside of marriage, he has admitted. (His marriages ended in divorce.) He confessed in the book that his sexual conquests were really quests for power, not gratification. In the book, he did not address whether he sexually harassed San Diego city employees. He has said he did not do so. He could not be reached for comment.

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Don Bauder Nov. 20, 2017 @ 8:17 p.m.

FILNER SAYS IT NEVER HAPPENED. HE AND DEGETTE WERE FRIENDS AND FELLOW LIBERALS. "I don't know where this comes from," says Bob Filner, now living in Los Angeles. "We were friends. I would never do anything like that." He and the Congresswoman had worked together for liberal causes. "It didn't happen."

Filner spent 10 terms in the House of Representatives. During the controversy in San Diego, Nancy Pelosi, the leading House Democrat, criticized Filner about the harassment issue. "She thought I was opposed to her," says Filner. "She takes criticism personally and I did criticize her policies." Best, Don Bauder


shirleyberan Nov. 21, 2017 @ 8:23 a.m.

Each case of accusation has to be judged individually. He said, she said, but nothing so far as pulling a rabbit out of his pants.


Don Bauder Nov. 21, 2017 @ 11:15 a.m.

shirleyberan: Having been removed from the mayoralty for harassment, Filner is an easy target. However, I understand that DeGette is a good representative in Congress. Best, Don Bauder


shirleyberan Nov. 21, 2017 @ 10:25 a.m.

16 women have come forward (so far) with sexual misconduct claims ranging from groping to rape by the now President of the United States Donald Trump. He flashes something shiny and blinds with false promises and Nothing Happens. But a political hack lynch mob wants Dem Minnesota Senator Al Franken to resign over uncomfortable she said encounters twice. Self-righteous vigilantes are dangerous to all of us. Fake Justice.


JustWondering Nov. 21, 2017 @ 10:30 a.m.

Pales in a comparison to the acts by former President Bill “Bubba” Clinton and coverups / destruction by Hillary.


Don Bauder Nov. 21, 2017 @ 11:25 a.m.

JustWondering. Oh yes. Bill Clinton was a sexual predator. Yes, Hillary tried to cover it up. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Nov. 21, 2017 @ 11:19 a.m.

shirleyberan: Remember that LA lawyer Gloria Allred lined up a bunch of women to say Filner mistreated women. But this was a colossal non sequitur, because the women were not employees of the city. That was the matter at question in Filner's case. The San Diego media ate up everything Allred trotted in front of them, never considering that these women had nothing to do with sexual harassment. It was just an Allred show. Best, Don Bauder


aardvark Nov. 21, 2017 @ 2:44 p.m.

Don: ALL of the women weren't city employees?


Don Bauder Nov. 21, 2017 @ 9:47 p.m.

aardvark: The women Allred trotted out for TV interviews every two days were not city employees. Allred did represent at least two city employees (one who was a volunteer), but I don't count them among the ones she lined up to paint Filner as a dirty old man. Best, Don Bauder


JustWondering Nov. 21, 2017 @ 10:26 a.m.

Where there was San Diego smoke, there certainly was D.C. fire, albeit in reverse order. If these allegations had been raised prior to Filner running for office here in San Diego, I suspect many would have been spared his aggressive sexual foibles and the taxpayers would have more money in the treasury.

In the meantime, Filner collects generous pensions from our City, San Diego State University and his congressional pension as well. There’s no doubt in my mind he’s preying upon others in the LA area who haven’t an inkling of his personal history toward women.


Don Bauder Nov. 21, 2017 @ 11:24 a.m.

JustWondering: Filner has written a book confessing to his sexual sins. He admits in the book that his sexual conquests were quests for power, not gratification. You can find my review of the book on this website. Go to the search engine and enter bauder + filner and you will find it.

I don't believe pensions can be taken away from people generally, no matter the offense. If I am wrong on that, I would appreciate a correction from someone knowledgeable. Best, Don Bauder


MURPHYJUNK Nov. 22, 2017 @ 10:39 a.m.

how much will allgreed be asking for this time around ?


Don Bauder Nov. 22, 2017 @ 5:01 p.m.

Murphyjunk: Allred specializes in raking in money from her cases. The only thing she is good at is getting publicity. Best, Don Bauder


swell Nov. 22, 2017 @ 4:27 p.m.

"French diplomat tried to put his hand up her dress"

Not being female, I can't speak from experience, but my understanding is that such behavior is rather common in France and Italy. Latin American men are pigs in their own way, but I haven't heard of this being common. Middle East, Africa, Orient ... men misbehave almost everywhere but I had no idea it was so common right here. It's good to get this out so the next generation might improve.


Don Bauder Nov. 22, 2017 @ 5:03 p.m.

swell: Italian men are infamous for pinching women in their rear ends. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Nov. 24, 2017 @ 5:32 p.m.

danfogel: In our Italy trip two years ago, I never saw a single female gratuitously pinched. Best, Don Bauder


swell Nov. 22, 2017 @ 4:38 p.m.

I think that politically speaking, Filner did some good things. I was eager to see what he would do as mayor. It's just too bad that he offended the delicate sensitivities of the fair sex.

But that reminds me of the cub reporter on his first interview: "But, other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?"


Don Bauder Nov. 22, 2017 @ 5:05 p.m.

swell: The establishment was going to oust Filner by hook or crook. Ironically, liberals were the first to smear him. Then the city patriarchs took over. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder Nov. 25, 2017 @ 9 p.m.

monaghan: Long before he ran for mayor, Filner was known as a womanizer but not necessarily a sexual harasser. The group of liberals that first exposed him knew his history when he was running, and they shut up and backed him. Each had an axe to grind against Filner. The Republicans who then lynched him included some bigger womznizers than he was. Best, Don Bauder


petezanko Nov. 27, 2017 @ 9:17 a.m.

God, you are so full of shit, Bauder. You'll do anything to justify that you were blaming the victims and preaching conspiracy when Filner went down. You looked stupid then and you look stupider now. If Filner groped your own mom, you'd say your mom was lying.

Even here, you're saying he only confessed because he was pressured.

What is WRONG with you?

Please come to San Diego and look the victims in the eye and make your statements. I dare you...


Don Bauder Nov. 28, 2017 @ 9:47 p.m.

petezanko: Welcome back. I have missed you. I have taken a consistent view that Filner had a shabby reputation as a womanizer, but in the instance at discussion the charge was sexual harassment of employees. The city did not make a good case but paid off a couple of people who said they were harassed. The city, to its credit, took some of those who charged he had harassed them to court and won.

Filner intended to fight the harassment charges. But the prosecutors first threatened to break him financially, and finally threatened to hit him with criminal charges. He was criminally charged with false imprisonment and battery. The false imprisonment was putting his arm around a female at a fundraising event. The battery charges were equally ridiculous.

You should do some homework before you call someone "stupider" -- in two senses, if you know what I mean, and I am sure you do not, even though you claim to be a journalist or former journalist. Best, Don Bauder


shirleyberan Nov. 24, 2017 @ 2:05 p.m.

It's called culturally disgusting, especially when little girls have to giggle and put up with it from their fathers.


Don Bauder Nov. 24, 2017 @ 5:33 p.m.

shirleyberan: Since we had two sons, that is something I have not observed closely. Best, Don Bauder


petezanko Jan. 29, 2018 @ 10:39 p.m.

Don Bauder, don't you at least feel a little dirty for writing this? Don't you feel any shame for sticking up for Filner? Don't you have any empathy for women? Don't you understand that idols are just statues that break when they fall off their pedestal?

UPDATE: Don Bauder is insecure in his marriage. In Colorado.

The preceding was presented with the same level of journalistic accuracy that Don Bauder brings to The Reader every time he reproduces a press release from the comforts of his chair in another time zone.


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