War on women update.

Via The Atlantic:

The Democratic Party of San Diego needs better lawyers. Or rather, it should have used the lawyers it has.

In 2011, at least three women warned the head of the San Diego County Democratic Party of stories in the community about then-Rep. Bob Filner making inappropriate advances toward professional women with whom he’d come in contact through his political position.

Former California State Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña, San Diego County Democratic Central Committee member Martha Sullivan, and Escondido City Council member Olga Diaz all brought uncomfortable incidents to the attention of Jess Durfee, who was until the end of 2012 Democratic Party chairman for San Diego, the eighth-largest city in America. […]

“I began hearing these consistent stories of inappropriate behavior, where he would segue from, say, a site visit to their school and follow them back into area away from other people on the visit, and start to proposition them and get physical with them and ask them out on dates or even grab them in public, in front of other people,” Saldaña said. “As I had these conversations over a period of several days and heard these consistent stories about his behavior, I started connecting the dots and went to the county party chairman and said, ‘I think we have a problem here’.”

She brought six women’s stories to Durfee in the summer of 2011, she said, though she did not have any direct experience of inappropriate conduct herself.

We’re all wondering, ‘Why didn’t the chairman listen to our concerns?

“We’re all wondering, ‘Why didn’t the chairman listen to our concerns?'” Saldaña said. “His defense now is that he spoke to Filner privately and Filner assured him no one had filed a formal complaint …. I mean, he wasn’t harassing people in his office the way he’s accused of now. He was harassing constituents, or professional women who basically needed to maintain a working relationship with him. So of course they weren’t going to file a formal complaint against a seated congressman.”

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HT: Ace

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