New Anti-Filner ad stars woman who accused the congressman of assault in 2007

Ad paid for by Carl DeMaio's campaign

SAN DIEGO - A woman who claims San Diego mayoral candidate Bob Filner assaulted her five years ago at an airport is now telling her story for the first time in a new ad paid for by Carl DeMaio's campaign.

The ad has made its way to the airwaves, less than two weeks until San Diegans vote for the city's next mayor.

In 2007, Filner was accused of storming into an employee-only area at Dulles International Airport, outside of Washington, D.C., and pushing a baggage handler because of some lost luggage.

Police charged Filner with assault, and he later pleaded no contest to trespassing.

In the ad, the woman named Joanne said, "I deal with frustrated travelers every day, but I never came across anyone like Bob Filner."

She goes on to say, "He told me, 'You can't stop me.' I was afraid for my safety … Worst of all, he said it never happened."

Joanne added, "His actions toward me were scary and hostile."

San Diego political expert John Dadian said the ad meets the standard for this tough mayoral race.

"I would go as far as to say this is a devastating commercial," said Dadian.

Dadian was surprised that the ad was released so late in the campaign, but admitted the timing may have been intentional with just a few more days to sway voters.
 

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