SAN DIEGO - Three former supporters of Mayor Bob Filner who repeatedly called for him to resign this week amid sexual harassment allegations are standing by their demands Friday in spite of an apology the mayor released via video, according to one ex-supporter.
Attorney Marco Gonzalez said via Twitter that he, ex-Councilwoman Donna Frye and attorney Cory Briggs "stand by (their) original demand, video notwithstanding." He said additional information would be provided next week.
The trio of former Filner supporters sent letters to the mayor earlier this week urging him to step down following the allegations of sexual harassment. They reiterated their call for Filner's resignation in a news conference Thursday morning, although they declined to release details of the
Frye, Gonzalez, and Briggs stand by original demand, video notwithstanding. Additional information to be provided next week.— Marco Gonzalez (@CLG_Marco) July 12, 2013
Filner released a statement via DVD Thursday afternoon that stated in part, "As someone who has spent a lifetime fighting for equality for all people, I am embarrassed to admit that I have failed to fully respect the women
who work for me and with me, and that at times I have intimidated them."
The mayor said he had started working with professionals to make changes in his behavior and approach, and would participate in sexual harassment training.
Local politicians continue to react to Filner's apology. More reaction here.
Councilwoman Sheri Lightner representing District 1 stated "I was deeply troubled by the serious allegations," but she said she appreciate Filner working to change.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, whose brother is Marco Gonzalez, also reacted on Twitter:
This is just about hypocrisy, I'm not claiming to be victim. Just know what folks have said to me, my staff & my friends. And they know too— Lorena Gonzalez (@LorenaSGonzalez) July 12, 2013
This has been a critical discussion in San Diego. But, the sudden "women's rights" defenders who have also been bad, need to stop.— Lorena Gonzalez (@LorenaSGonzalez) July 12, 2013
I can't speak to workplace sexual harassment having never worked for them, but some of our boys should think back what they've said to women— Lorena Gonzalez (@LorenaSGonzalez) July 12, 2013
And the righteous indignation of some of those male politicos over the last few days is getting old. People in glass houses...— Lorena Gonzalez (@LorenaSGonzalez) July 12, 2013
As a woman involved in SD politics for a decade, I can personally attest to fact that Filner is not alone w/ inappropriate behavior to women— Lorena Gonzalez (@LorenaSGonzalez) July 12, 2013