San Diego political analyst Carl Luna shocked Mayor did not step down following his apology

Analyst: Lawsuits and recall to come

SAN DIEGO - A San Diego political analyst says he would have expected the mayor to resign after admitting what he did during his video statement.

Political analyst Carl Luna says he was shocked that the mayor didn't resign after stating, he failed to fully respect the women who work for him, calling his own behavior "inappropriate and wrong" and admitting he needs help and sexual harassment training.        

Luna says if Filner doesn't step down, he believes he will face some recall effort.

“Usually you either deny and stay in office or you admit then resign and go to rehab, so he's trying something new here and I don't think it’s going to work,” said Political analyst Carl Luna, who sat down with 10News shortly after San Diego Mayor Bob Filner released his scripted video statement Thursday afternoon, apologizing for and admitting to failing to fully respect the women who work for and with him, saying that at times he even intimidated them.

“If my behavior doesn't change I cannot succeed in leading our city,” said Mayor Filner in the video statement.

“I believe he thought he could control the situation by coming out in front and saying he was responsible but when he didn't resign he's losing control of the situation,” said Luna.

Mayor Filner though apparently thinks he can fix himself and at the same time still lead America’s finest city.

“I have begun to work with professionals to make changes in my behavior and approach. In addition, I will participate in sexual harassment training provided by the city,” said Mayor Filner in his video statement.

Even San Diego County Democratic Party Chair, Francine Busby, who is willing to give Mayor Filner a second chance, was surprised he didn't learn from the sexual harassment training he was already supposed to have received.

“Every job anybody takes now absolutely requires that regardless of whether you're a mayor or you're hiring in as a receptionist,” said Busby.

Meantime, we had clinical psychologist Mariela Shibley watch and analyze the mayor's video apology.        

Shibley says it would have been nice to see a little bit more of an emotional reaction.

“It's interesting because there's like absolutely no affect. A candid reaction would have been so much more genuine,” said Shibley.


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