Perverts and harassers are acceptable if they’re Democrats.
The local Democratic Party has known for a long time about sexual harassment allegations against Bob Filner, a former Democratic assemblywoman said in a Thursday interview.
“I blew the whistle on this two years ago to the Democratic Party leadership,” former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña said.
Saldaña said that in summer 2011 six prominent women in local politics, business and education told her that Filner had physically or verbally harassed them. Saldaña had been exploring what turned out to be an unsuccessful bid for Congress and the conversations came in the context of the 2012 elections.
Saldaña said she contacted former party Chairman Jess Durfee with the allegations and Durfee was among a group of Democratic leaders who met with Filner to discuss them that summer. She said nothing happened.
“As disgraceful as Bob’s behavior has been, it’s been tolerated by our Democratic Party leadership,” she said.
Saldana, of course, endorsed him anyway, like a good Democratic soldier:
Congressional candidate Lori Saldaña endorsed Rep. Bob Filner for mayor of San Diego on Tuesday, hours after her Democratic rival Scott Peters rebuffed the opportunity citing his friendship with three major candidates — a Democrat, a Republican and an independent.
“After 20 years of Republican misrule at City Hall, it’s time for a change,” said Saldaña, a fellow former educator who served three terms in the state Assembly. “Bob Filner offers the best chance for a break from the past.”