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As more time goes by and no one steps forward more questions emerge about the legitimacy of this case. People are beginning to bail ship before this boat sinks.
On July 17 Channel 10 reported that former Democratic assemblywoman Lori Saldana said Filner should not resign right after she announced that she had been warning people about Filner for years. "So far, the attorneys have not met the burden of proof of criminal wrongdoing,"
This is yet another bizarre story by 10 News who has been spearheading this public lynching of Filner. Why would they even print a story that now calls into question these claims?
My theory is that Filner threatened 10 News and Saldana with a defamation suit because Lori based her "warning" about Filner on gossip and rumor. The complete 180 is very interesting and I don't think they would have done it otherwise.
She said that two years ago she reported hearing stories of Filner mistreating women to the head of San Diego County's Democrats. Well, if the claims were baseless and none of those claims were ever put on record then Filner has a good defamation case against her. So I suspect he and his attorney went to Saldana and threatened defamation if she did not correct her allegations.
She told Channel 10, "Until an employee is willing to come forward, these attorneys are drumming up a lot of anger, a lot of emotion, but they're not presenting the evidence that would be needed for either a civil or criminal conviction."
Also the language in the article is really the clincher in validating these claims or shall I say in invalidating these claims. Obviously Lori was privy to the exact same "inside" evidence that all the other politicians like Todd Gloria were and now she claims the evidence would not even hold up in a CIVIL case. That is HUGE for her to say this does not even meet the burden of proof for a civil case.
She said that two years ago she reported to the head of San Diego County's Democrats that she had heard stories of Filner mistreating women. However, "Until an employee is willing to come forward, these attorneys are drumming up a lot of anger, a lot of emotion, but they're not presenting the evidence that would be needed for either a civil or criminal conviction," she told Channel 10.
I have been saying all along there is NO case. These people are acting like they are lying and have been from day one. So why the initial proclamation from Filner that he needed help?
Because likely, they did get video of him from the Republican private investigator they had following him for years (by their own admission). I am sure they sent a honeypot in to bait him and they caught Bob on video kissing someone he works with.
"Victory!", I am sure the Republican developer cabal proclaimed. "This is it, we got him". They quietly presented the video to Bob saying if you step down we will not release this. That was supposed to be it. But lucky for us Filner is a fighter and he can not be bullied.
Filner called them on their bluff and said "bring it on", knowing in court it would be revealed that these girls were sent it to bait him.
Now they are panicked and they keep calling press conferences so they can create the illusion that there is evidence in this case. If there was evidence they would have released it by now. This case is in BIG trouble. And the people behind it are also in trouble.
We have to remain vigilant because these people are not going down without a serious fight. And Filner has to be smart. He has a great card he can play with defamation, but he should not surrender the right to file defamation for anything. They will still try and put recall on the ballot for January 2014 which Council can do without signatures. Don't cave Bob! You are holding the cards! We need you!
Let this play out. They will sink their own ship the longer this goes on.