Diverse group stepped forward to confront mayor
By John Wilkens
August 25, 2013 – 06:00 a.m.

The scandal started on high-boil and stayed there for six weeks. Every time Mayor Bob Filner or his supporters tried to put the lid on, somebody else stepped forward to turn up the heat.

It wasn’t just the women who emerged from the early shadows of anonymity to sit in front of media cameras and talk about unwelcome sexual advances. It was men, too. It was former political allies of Filner, and longtime political enemies. It was Democrats and Republicans.

All willing to confront someone who had made confrontation part of his playbook during three decades in public office. All willing to turn the screws on the most powerful elected official in San Diego, even if it meant having their own motives questioned.

When the dust of history settles, when people look back on who helped bring down the city’s 35th mayor, these are some of the stories and some of the moments that will be remembered.


The former City Councilwoman has known Filner, a fellow Democrat, for a long time. She supported his run for mayor, even as she heard rumors about how overbearing he could be.

“I like people with a little fire in their belly who are going to stand up for what they believe,” Frye said during the campaign last year. “I think that Bob, with all his faults, you know, I love him still. We know who he is.”

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