San Diego Unified School District psychologist Morgan Rose, who claims Filner cornered her in a restaurant booth during a meeting and tried to kiss her four times, said the then-congressman treated her like a piece of meat. Rose claims Filner is addicted to power and control and two weeks of therapy won’t fix that. She, too, is calling for his resignation.
Michael Pallamary, who is organizing a grassroots recall of the mayor, dropped by his office Friday demanding he resign by 5 p.m. Monday or be recalled.
Filner wouldn’t see him.
“He’s a coward. He’s avoiding press, he’s avoiding women. He should be able to meet with me; after all, he is my mayor. And he works for me, so he should meet with me,” said Pallamary.
After hearing Filner admit to wrongdoing and saying he will get therapy, Pallamary said he’d created a “phenomenal liability” for the city.
“I think that press conference is probably [going to] cost the taxpayers about $25 million because he admitted to all of this conduct,” Pollamary told 10News.
Pollamary said he has plenty of volunteers who are ready to collect more than 100,000 signatures to put a recall of Filner on the ballot.
In a statement released on DVD earlier this month, Filner said he “needs help” for intimidating women. He had apologized for only that, not sexual harassment.
In a news release issued by his office days later, Filner said he was innocent of sexual harassment, and was entitled to due process.
On Thursday, four more women openly came forward to say Filner had made unwanted sexual advances toward them and inappropriately touched them. A total of seven women have publicly come forward with sexual harassment accusations. Several more have come forward on the condition of anonymity, fearing retribution.
On Friday, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee called on Filner to resign.
Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz leads the DNC. She said the misconduct Filner has been accused of is, “reprehensible and indefensible” and called on him to resign.