Mayor Bob Filner's popularity slipping after weeks of criticism at City Hall

10News poll shows most disapprove of performance

SAN DIEGO - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner ran into lots of public relations trouble last week. He was criticized for an outburst against Executive Assistant City Attorney Andrew Jones during a closed door session of the City Council where he had Jones escorted out by a police officer.

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Two days later, Filner's deputy chief of staff resigned.

A scientific 10News poll showed his support is waning. Five hundred registered voters in San Diego were asked, "Do you approve or disapprove of the job Bob Filner is doing as Mayor of San Diego?"

Thirty-nine percent approve, 43 percent disapprove and 18 percent are not sure.

Political analyst John Dadian spoke with 10News about rumors of a possible recall effort.

"You need finances to circulate those petitions, so on one hand it's very tough to do but on the other hand, if momentum starts building, it could pick up steam," Dadian said.

A petition drive would need 101,597 validated signatures to force a recall. That is 15 percent of the registered voters in the city.

Councilman Kevin Faulconer, who represents District 2, spoke about the impact of recent headlines at City Hall.

"All of these other items and issues going on in the mayor's office… it's an extreme distraction right now," he said.

Others on the council voiced dismay as well.

Councilman David Alvarez, who represents District 8, defended Filner.

"I've come to understand the mayor's style and every mayor's different," Alvarez said.

10News learned Filner is out of town attending a rally near Paris, France. Protestors were gathering in support of the National Council of Resistance of Iran including – according to documents obtained by Team10 – Bob Filner, mayor, city of San Diego.

10News also learned he attended before as a congressman and is now there representing the citizens of San Diego.

When he returns, he will find division in the ranks.

"These recent trials and tribulations and actions over the last couple of weeks shake that confidence of people and we cannot have that," said Faulconer.

Alvarez said, "People have different styles and you have to accept different personalities and you have to learn to work with them."

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