The San Diego City Council voted Tuesday to sue Mayor Bob Filner for the money it must spend in his defense, after a former communications director filed a lawsuit against him for sexual harassment.
"If Bob Filner engaged in unlawful conduct and the city is held liable,” City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said, “he will have to reimburse us every penny the city pays and its attorney fees."
The lawsuit is just another setback in Filner’s political life, with mounting calls requesting that he resign from office after multiple other reports of sexual assault.
Irene McCormack Jackson sued the mayor and the city after she reported that Filner asked her to work without underwear, demanded that she kiss him and asked to see her naked.
Seven of the nine City Council members have requested that Filner, the city’s first Democratic leader in 20 years, resign.
Filner, who is 70 and divorced, said that he would enter two weeks of intensive therapy instead of resigning.
Gay rights activist and newspaper publisher Stampp Corbin noted that the scandal has consumed the entire city’s attention, which is not good for the city’s politics.
"There's nothing going on in the city, in City Hall,” Corbin, who was appointed as chairman of the city commission by Filner, said.