Bob Filner returns to work and a recall campaign

At least 16 women have accused the San Diego mayor of sexual harassment

By Jillian Rayfield
Published August 19, 2013 5:24PM (EDT)

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner returned to work Monday, following a two-week therapy stint to address allegations that he sexually harassed over a dozen women. But Filner now faces a recall campaign, and overwhelming public support for his ouster.

A new poll by 10News/U-T San Diego finds that an overwhelming 81 percent of San Diegans think Filner should resign, and 75 percent say they would sign a petition to recall him. From 10News, "15 percent of San Diegans say they would donate money to the recall effort and 20 percent say they would volunteer to help a recall campaign."

The campaign, which kicked off last night, has until Sept. 26 to collect 102,000 signatures. The Washington Post reports that as of Sunday, the effort had gotten 800 signatures, according to Filner Recall organizer Michael Pallamary.

Sixteen women have made sexual harassment allegations against the San Diego mayor, including one great-grandmother and Filner's former communications director, who has also filed a lawsuit against him.

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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