City Council members Marti Emerald, Myrtle Cole call for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign

SAN DIEGO - Saying "enough is enough," Bob Filner's last two supporters on the City Council called Friday for the embattled San Diego mayor to resign immediately.

Councilwomen Myrtle Cole and Marti Emerald issued a joint statement that pointed to new evidence of Filner's conduct, including statements by members of the mayor's staff to investigators about alleged daily harassment and abuse.

Cole and Emerald, who are closely aligned to the mayor politically, joined the seven other members of the panel in calling on him to step down.

Cole, who won a special election to join the council in May, had previously backed the mayor's plea for due process rights while allegations of sexual harassment swirled around him.

Emerald, who was attending a governance seminar at Harvard University when the scandal erupted, criticized Filner's conduct upon her return but did not call for his resignation at that time.

"Mayor Bob Filner must resign immediately," the councilwomen said in Friday's joint statement. "Disturbing new evidence about the mayor's conduct makes it crystal clear he can no longer remain the chief executive of the city of San Diego."

After acknowledging their previous support for the mayor, Cole and Emerald said, "We are shocked by his conduct and his lack of respect for women, his employees and the office he holds."

So far, 14 women have publicly complained of unwanted advances by the mayor, including two city employees.

One, former mayoral communications director Irene McCormack Jackson, has sued Filner and the city. Another, a manager who only used her first name of Stacy, has lodged two complaints but has not filed a lawsuit.

The full joint statement:

"Mayor Bob Filner must resign immediately.

Disturbing new evidence about the mayor's conduct makes it crystal clear he can no longer remain the Chief Executive of the city of San Diego.

More than a dozen women have already risked public shame and anguish by telling stories of the Mayors abuse.

Now, additional women in his office are telling investigators about harassment and abuse they suffered on a daily basis.

Mayor Filner's conduct is reprehensible and cannot be excused.

We were among Mr. Filner's most ardent supporters during his years in Congress, his campaign for Mayor, and during his brief months in office.

We are shocked by his conduct and his lack of respect for women, his employees and the office he holds.

Mr. Filner, without further delay we insist you resign and allow the healing of our city to begin."

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