In day 20 of San Diego's most sexless sex scandal in political history, yet another accuser has stepped forward to call the San Diego sheriff's hotline (which has to be a national laughing stock at this point) and make an old claim against Mayor Filner and demand he resign 2 years later.

Lisa Curtin, director of government and military education at San Diego City College claims to KPBS (interesting that they all come to KPBS) that in 2011, former Congressman Jim Bates set up a meeting between her and then- Congressman Filner to discuss potential uses for property near the old Naval Training Center. (What a shock another big developer connection to a Filner accuser. I am seeing a pattern here).

Curtin is claiming that Filner asked to meet with her in private where he grabbed her left hand and twirled her wedding band asking if it was real. Curtin said she responded with, “It’s about 25 years worth of wedding band.”

“He then asked me if it could come off while I was in D.C. and if I would go out with him,” Curtin said. “I said I really didn’t think so. And at that point, he pulled my hand closer to him and he reached over to kiss me. I turned my head at that moment and on the side of my face, I got a very wet, saliva-filled kiss including feeling his tongue on my cheek.”

Ok, so 1: no one ever reported the claim, 2: Curtain does not work FOR Filner. In order for a claim to qualify as sexual harassment a person would have to actually work for Filner.

Filner is allowed to flirt with women he does not work with. And although he may be a bit forward, there is nothing illegal about this claim. Nothing at all.

And this continued lynching gets more obvious everyday a victim comes forward to claim harassment when the victim did not even work for Filner. So I guess we better just get comfortable because it looks like every woman that Filner has ever flirted with will be coming forward to claim victimhood and demand resignation.


urbanrealtor July 30, 2013 @ 10:08 p.m.

Well I am glad you have backed down from the "its-all-lies-and-a-conspiracy" to "well-its-nothing-illegal".

You are right that the incident described is not a criminal offense.

However, sexual harassment is generally not a criminal offense.

Somebody who holds purse strings for public projects (like a congressman) has a clear power relationship over somebody who is tasked with overseeing those projects (as was Ms. Curtin).

That is especially true when the Congressman is the Chairman of the House Committee on Vets Affairs, is from San Diego, and is weighing in on uses for the effing NTC.

To me, that indicates a pretty clear civil liability.

He had the power and was propositioning her.

If I am propositioned while pitching for business or asking for favor (eg at a job interview) that is generally considered harassment whether I currently collect a W2 from the harasser or not.

If that does not seem to you to be an issue of civil liability then I really don't know what would.

Also, more generally, I don't get the whole cheerleader routine (as displayed by you and Don Bauder).

Maybe people are conspiring (and I do not doubt he has lots of enemies) but these complaints look legit to me.

Don has said that it seems "pre-packaged" but I get the sense it was Bob doing the gift-wrapping.

This looks less like Dale Akiki and more like Jerry Sandusky.


urbanrealtor July 30, 2013 @ 10:12 p.m.

Also, its not a sex scandal per se.

Its a harassment scandal.

I don't think anyone cares who he bones.

However it actually matters who he intimidates for sexual purposes.


historymatters July 31, 2013 @ 1:08 a.m.

Give me a break Todd Gloria is the biggest bully in town and I know he is your hero. The hypocrisy makes me wanna vomit. and I didnt back off of conspiracy. It is absolutely question. The inconsistency is a dead giveaway. the truth is always consistent


Yankeedoodle July 31, 2013 @ 7:08 a.m.

History, do you ever sleep? That last post was 1 AM!


urbanrealtor July 31, 2013 @ 9:14 a.m.


Todd is not my hero but an elected official whom I admire and whose performance pleases me.

He is in the neighborhood and approachable.

It may be true that lots of development interests despise Filner but it does not make the accusations untrue.

Please recall that the first person to come forward here was Mayor Frye (not exactly the model of corruption).

Todd has a lot to gain from Filner leaving but these accusations did not originate with him.

Nor did he join the issue at the beginning.

He did so about the time Filner's own team started defecting.

And the only insinuation of graft I have seen regarding Todd has been that he took money from interested parties (on both sides) connected to the OLP debate.

And frankly, OLP's expansion is not something I care a lot about.

I am a liberal (and I don't shy away from that label) and voted for Filner and even I think most of these allegations are true.

Again, too many accusers with similar accounts.

At a personal level, I have known several people connected with the local political scene.

All of them (to a man) thinks that the allegations are true.

I cannot vouch for it first hand but it seems highly credible.


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