San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, accused of inappropriate conduct by 18 women, reportedly has reached an agreement with city officials to call it quits. This opens the way for a special election.
Mr. Filner, a Democrat who formerly served in Congress, has been accused by 18 women of inappropriate touching and lewd comments, one of whom – Irene McCormack Jackson, the mayor’s former communications director – has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit.
According to numerous news sources, Filner has reached an agreement with city officials to call it quits, opening the way for a special election to be held within 90 days. The deal came after three days of mediation before retired federal judge J. Lawrence Irving.
Details of the agreement still need to be approved by the City Council – all nine members of which have called for Filner to step down. The council is scheduled to meet Friday. Speculation focuses on relieving Filner of some of the legal and financial burden of the lawsuit, in return for which he agrees to leave.