San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's remarks at event criticized

Filner took aim at notable political figures

SAN DIEGO - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's attempt at humor at the annual dinner for the Downtown San Diego Partnership on Wednesday night did not have anyone rolling in the aisles.

"He managed to insult nearly everyone in the room in really mean, inappropriate ways," one person said on Twitter.

The dinner was intended to share the group's vision for the future of downtown San Diego, and it was also a chance for Filner to do some lighthearted skewering.

San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, Nathan Fletcher and others were among Filner's targets, but not many were laughing.

"Bob Filner needs to stick to his day job. Stand-up act is bombing @SDPartnership annual dinner," one person tweeted.

Filner sparred with City Attorney Jan Goldsmith publicly, and the mayor took the opportunity to tweak the city attorney.

"He would be the first to argue size doesn't matter, and as judges have recently noted, his arguments aren't very persuasive. In fact, he asked me to lunch the other day and I said he would have toupee," Filner said, referring to Goldsmith's hairpiece.

Filner moved on to other targets, and the negative tweets kept coming.

"There were actually 'boos' from the back two rows. Yikes," one tweet said.

Another tweet said, "There is a line between funny, snarky and mean spirited."
The Downtown Partnership was not involved in writing Filner's remarks.

10News attempted to contact Filner, but he was unavailable for comment.

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