At last an alleged victim has stepped forward with famed attorney Gloria Allred on Monday afternoon.... Case closed, Filner is a "predator" right?

Not so fast. One look at Irene McCormack Jackson's bio and it is clear that she has a long history of being deeply entrenched in the GOP power-prokers that have run this town for decades. She has decades of experience working for Filner's arch-enemies the Union-Tribune and the San Diego Port Authority.

Irene McCormack, was Vice President of External Relations for the San Diego Unified Port District and worked for the Port Authority for 9 years. The Port has been a bastion of corrupt GOP political maneuvering for decades.

She started working at the Port District in November 2003 and held roles like Director and Assistant Vice President.

Prior to working for the Port District, McCormack spent 25 years as a journalist, working as a newsroom manager, reporter and assistant metro editor for The San Diego Union-Tribune. Her specialty according to her zoominfo profile was government, politics and public safety.

Hmmmmmm, interesting that a person who has been so deeply entrenched in the GOP power structure of San Diego would do an about face after 34 years of serving them and go to work for a progressive mayor like Mayor Filner.

Additionally, this is a woman with a very professional and extensive background who would be very knowledgeable about how to file a sexual harassment claim so why was her first call to Donna Frye and why would she commission the help of an attorney like Marco Gonzalez who has no experience whatsoever in sexual harassment claims?

Remember the horrific accusations that Filner told a staffer she would work better "without panties on."

"Irene is that woman," Allred said at a downtown news conference, with McCormack Jackson sitting by her side.

So at last a face! Obviously all the allegations are true if someone has come forward, right?

There are other serious problems with this narrative astutely identified by Reader writer Don Bauder

"The sexual harassment suit against Mayor Bob Filner filed today (July 22) by Irene McCormack Jackson raises many questions. First, the suit outlines extremely offensive statements allegedly made to her by the mayor in January, February, February/early March, April, late April/early May, and June. But there is no mention that I could find indicating that she officially complained until July 18, when she filed charges with the state about harassment having taken place on or before June 20, 2013. She would have had sexual harassment training at the Union-Tribune, probably at the Port, and maybe even at the City. It seems to me she had to know that she could come forward and file an official complaint about sexual harassment without fear of being fired. The "severe mental anguish and emotional distress" she allegedly suffered might have been abated had she complained or resigned earlier. She apparently saw inappropriate behavior against other women. She was a senior official. Did she do anything to protect those women? Much is being made that she took a $50,000 pay cut to join the mayor's staff. But that cut was from $175,000 to $125,000. She was not starving and did not desperately need a job."

Something is very fishy about Irene. It is simply not plausible that this seasoned professional did not feel empowered to come forward and that she hid under the protection of Donna Frye. McCormack is a pro and she knew how to file complaints and how to encourage others to file complaints.

Keep in mind this case never has to go to court, it simply has to be played out in the media long enough to force a recall. So now the public has a face and a name. Therefore they must assume all the anonymous allegations must have merit.

Well if any of the allegations have merit why did it take so long for someone to step forward? And with all due respect to Ms. McCormack it would be easy to lie about things someone "said". Her allegations are actually quite benign even if true. A few off color remarks does not necessarily mean a mayor should resign.

And if the idea that the developer GOP conspired to oust Filner is so unbelievable to you then why did they admit to following him with Private Investigators for years? Is it impossible to think that McCormack was a plant from the get-go?

The GOP knows they have to string this narrative along as long as they possibly can and the point of no return for them is the point where people are forced to lie under oath and that could take some time so they can milk these allegations for all they are worth in the meantime.

Demand due process San Diego. We are being bullied and we can not rush to judge Mayor Filner based on allegations that no one even thought were important enough to file.


clutter July 22, 2013 @ 5:46 p.m.

I also found it very fishy at first glance.


Spinoza July 22, 2013 @ 6:43 p.m.

WTF? So she works at the Port District and then begins a 25 year career as a journalist, before going to work as Filner's press secretary, which you suggest she did as a covert operative on behalf of some shadowy GOP/developer group, with the purpose of landing a job with his office, where she waits 6 months and then, in a conspiracy with some of the most prominent and partisan democrats in the City - BAM - she comes out with false sexual harassment allegations, which then allow this developer/GOP shadow group to begin the nearly impossible and expensive task of gathering 100,000 signatures in under two months, in hopes that Filner will be recalled and that the voters will elect the GOP candidate (instead of the Democrat) running to replace him?

You do realize that is completely insane, right?


historymatters July 22, 2013 @ 7:28 p.m.

I am not suggesting the last 25 yrs were part of the set up...I am suggesting the last YEAR was part of the set up. The GOP made sure she got the job w/ Filner.....


SurfPuppy619 July 22, 2013 @ 6:51 p.m.

How does a "communications" employee get paid $175K salary at the Port District????????????????????????? That is juts insane.....


rdotinga July 22, 2013 @ 7:15 p.m.

I connected the dots and came up with a picture of the dumbest theory to come around the pike since the-earth-is-flat.


rdotinga July 22, 2013 @ 7:55 p.m.

There are many liberals/progressives who have worked for the newsrooms of the U, the T and the U-T, and there are many who continue to work there. They do so because it is still possible to do good and meaningful work regardless of the agenda of the publisher. These people do not deserve to be smeared.


historymatters July 23, 2013 @ 8:52 p.m.

PUHLEASE!!! The UT is so far up the GOPs a$$ its unreal. they r one in the same.


Psycholizard July 23, 2013 @ 1:12 a.m.

Why should a man have an opinion about a woman's underwear unless she's lifting up her skirt? Why should a man throw his career away for someone so obviously frigid? This scandal needs a beautiful leading lady or it will flop. Is this really the best they've got? She's laughable.


Squonkins July 23, 2013 @ 1:26 a.m.

Who is this "historymatters," and does he have a name? Or is he content to hide behind an alias while spewing political conspiracy theories that don't hold up to scrutiny?


dwbat July 23, 2013 @ 2:11 a.m.

Many women, like Anita Hill, don't report sexual harassment because they don't want to be victimized twice. She probably would have lost her job, so she remained silent for a long time. I've always believed her story, not the lies of Clarence Thomas who never should have been confirmed and put on the Supreme Court. His behavior was reprehensible. It doesn't make any difference if the abuser is an African-American GOP conservative or a white Democratic liberal. Sexual harassment of women is unacceptable. Period.


historymatters July 23, 2013 @ 11:23 p.m.

Yep Frank, I am a blogger, but that said, all of the info on here is taken straight from Irenes ZoomInfo work history profile. I am not pretending this is a "story". its a blog. That said you know what a lame lame story is? the UTs big FRONT PAGE story that the sheriff put a hotline up for Filner victims. That is not a "story" at all, but examining the McCormacks very long work history is very valid. And I will certainly not be the last to do this.


G. Glenn July 23, 2013 @ 8:46 a.m.

Note: This is not journalism or commentary from the San Diego Reader.

This is a "community blog" entry posted by a site user.


historymatters July 23, 2013 @ 9:36 p.m.

I would like to thank the SD Reader for being 1 of the few publications in this town to respect the 1st amendment. We can not give up the 1st amendment for any reason. They are trying to use the victim narrative to bypass the 1st amend and the 5th amend of due process. That is not how America works. Look if a woman is going to demand something as serious as Filner resign w/o any due process then she has to accept that there is going to be some discussion about possible political motives. There is way too much at stake here to lay down our right to have an open discussion about these accusations

As I have said all along, this is simply not consistent with a real victim narrative and we have to ask questions. It is our duty to ask questions of this govt and demand due process be served.


janda_sd July 24, 2013 @ 7:18 p.m.

Thank YOU @historymatters! Great article/blog -and all the research. This whole thing smelled bad to me from the get go and reeks even more as time goes by and more weak allegations are made. I am relieved there are at least a few like yourself who are demanding due process and questioning and connecting the dots to all this craziness, wished there were more of you! Thanks


historymatters July 23, 2013 @ 11:26 p.m.

Also G.G. don't think for a second that they have not hired people to go online and post comments on blogs like mine claiming I am "blaming the victim" and how dare I question a "victim". Please do not be guilted by this. This is a very big part of their strategy to guilt ANYONE saying wait a sec this does not add up.

As I have said I have dedicated countless hours to helping real victims of abuse. These women do not appear to be victims at all. There is something much bigger going on here and we can not be intimidated with guilt into keeping our mouths shut about this suspicious narrative that gets more questionable everyday.


Diogenes July 23, 2013 @ 10:29 a.m.

Here we have a classic "he said, she said." You see this most often in Family Court where spouses are jocking for child custody and a bigger split of the community property.

These litigants are well-coached by counsel who charge 400 and 500 dollars per hour to embellish their clients' stories to gain an advantage.

Ms. McCormack could have threatened jokingly to Bob Filner that she would file a harassment charge with the DFEH and go to the press. Instead, she allowed the situation to get worse. Her right wing connections will not be lost upon juries as bias.

Filner could well have bn joking, but she could have said simply, "I'm not!!!!" Most cowards and/or abusers back right off. Most women know this by the time they are 21 years of age.


gfalke1 July 23, 2013 @ 2:36 p.m.

These uninformed personal attacks are Exhibit #1 as to why most victims of sexual harassment try to deal with it on their own, why they do not file lawsuits, why they do not make the incidents public. They immediately become subjected to the kind of degrading treatment Ms. McCormack Jackson has received here. She's a GOP operative. She's a liar. She's not "hot enough" to have been harassed. She's incompetent because she should have been able to handle it. She should have quit (sure, a 57-year-old woman quits a good job in a bad economy). This is ridiculous, insulting, and demonstrates what a big problem we still have with harassment in the workplace. Ask the professional women you know whether this is a problem, especially those of us north of 40. Consider this happening to your mother, sister, daughter, wife, aunt, or grandma. You'll look at it a whole lot differently.


historymatters July 23, 2013 @ 8:58 p.m.

how is this uninformed! Its from her profile of work history!!! Its all facts...these r the jobs she held....what is odd is that Bob was so naive. Why would he hire someone so deeply entrenched n the corrupt Port Authority?


rdotinga July 23, 2013 @ 3:13 p.m.

You know who else has right-wing connections? Don Bauder. Worked for Copleys for many years. He's clearly in on the conspiracy and trying to make Filner supporters look unhinged. Do the math. (I'm being sarcastic. I think.)


historymatters July 23, 2013 @ 11:31 p.m.

Bauder did not work for the UT for 25 years! its not like she worked there for 5 years as a writer. She worked there for 25 YEARS as a very high level employee. it is impossible that someone with that background would not have been deeply entrenched in their politics. The UT has always been a sad excuse for journalism and has always been pure spin.

I respect Don alot and his work here at the Reader. He is an excellent researcher and is not in the same boat as MCCormack at all. NTM McC has made some very questionable decisions while she was on the Port that should have raised flags for Filner. He was naive to hire her.


AnitaHandle Aug. 24, 2013 @ 7:36 a.m.

You say "..The UT is so far up the GOPs a$$ its unreal...." . Yet, you cite Don Bauder as support for your GOP/UT conspiracy theories. I don't always agree with Don but I have very much enjoyed his writing for the 30 years he was employed at the UT. Over the years, the UT has swung a bit Left and a bit Right, (depending on which member of the Copley family was in charge). The whole Filner sexual harassment saga is sick and twisted but most of the accusations came from Democrat professional women. To bring the GOP into this circus is laughable, to say the least.


historymatters July 23, 2013 @ 8:56 p.m.

To all the people claiming I am "attacking McC on this....look this woman is not a shrinking violet. She has 34 YEARS experience in very high level positions. She is a pitbull and very shrewd. This is NOT consistent w/ a REAL narrative of abuse and I have dedicated countless hours to charities for battered woman because they r REAL victims. Neither of these women qualify as REAL victims. Irene did not even consider her case important enough to file in a timely manner. She was very well schooled in how exactly to deal w/ harassment and how to sho other how to deal. The story is not believable and someone has got to call a spade a spade.


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