By Dan Walters
Published: Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jul. 16, 2013 – 9:36 am
Politicians go to extraordinary lengths to convince voters and constituents that they are hard-working, sober and utterly devoted to their families and to societal betterment.
But by polishing their public images, they set themselves up for particularly big falls when events prove that they are lazy, addicted and/or prone to personal sleaziness.
The past week has been a bonanza for those who relish tales of politicians gone bad, with San Diego Mayor Bob Filner the latest and greatest poster child for boorish behavior.
Filner has been mayor for scarcely a half-year but he was in Congress for 20 years before that and, it has been alleged, has been something of a lech who makes physical and verbal advances to women so aggressively that it amounts to harassment.
After a group of former supporters publicly criticized him for his behavior and demanded that he step down, he released a video apology and admitted he needed help, but refused to resign. The drumbeat became even louder Monday when his former fiancée said she broke off their relationship because of his behavior and joined the chorus demanding that he resign from the office he narrowly won last year.
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