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August 23, 2013

Bob Filner's Live Resignation Speech

I saw it called "delusional."

Two quotes I can't verify: Someone on Twitter says Filner says he was forced out of office "by a lynch mob."

Second, I heard this, but I'm not sure I heard it.

But I think I heard Filner say, twice, that he was proud to have protected San Deigo from Seal Poop.

Yes, I swear I heard this, but I think maybe it was just my brain having a wonderful dream.

Update: Yes.

Status: TRUE.

Also true: Filner calls himself a victim.

BOB FILNER: [...] Now I have to caution the council about one thing, the city. I started my political career facing lynch mobs. I think we have just faced one here in San Diego. You are going to have to deal with that. A lynch mob mentality, rumors become allegations, allegations become facts, facts become evidence of sexual harassment which have led to demands of my resignation and recall. Not one allegation, members of the council, has been verified or proven in court. I have never sexually harassed anyone. But the hysteria that has been created and many of you helped defeat is the hysteria of a lynch mob. Now, as I said I faced lynch mobs many times when I was younger. No evidence was needed. The mob knew who was guilty. Who needed due process? Ladies and gentlemen, democracy needs due process. San Diego needs due process. Those of you in the media and politics who fed this hysteria, I think need to look at what you helped do because you have unleashed a monster. I think we will pay for this, a front to democracy for a long time. Now the hysteria plays into the hands of those who want a political coup. The removal of a democratically elected mayor purely by rumor.

Wow. He didn't just say it, he said it for four paragraphs.

He said "coup."

Video of that patch of his speech at the link.



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