San Diego Mayor Leaves Rehab Early

Barbara Boxer urges Bob Filner to quit in open letter

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 10, 2013 10:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – San Diego Mayor Bob Filner promised to undergo two weeks of "intensive" therapy at a clinic after a spate of sex-harassment accusations, but he's ducked out after just a week, reports the Los Angeles Times. His lawyers say he'll continue therapy as an outpatient and remains on track to return to work as scheduled on Aug. 19. Let's hope he has the new keys: The Union-Tribune reports that the locks on the mayor's office were changed yesterday, though it's unclear why.

Could it be that Filner is finally getting ready to quit? The number of women accusing him of making crude, sometimes physical, advances has risen to 14. That includes two former members of the military who were victims of sexual assault during their service; both say Filner hit on them—at a conference for sexual assault victims. Filner has now lost the support of every single member of the City Council, and Sen. Barbara Boxer yesterday implored him to resign in an open letter. "Bob, you have already hurt so many people," she wrote. "To avoid hurting your victims and the people of San Diego more than you already have, you should step down immediately."

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner pauses as he speaks during a news conference on July 26.
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner pauses as he speaks during a news conference on July 26.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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