Bob Filner, the mayor of San Diego, announced today that he will enter “intensive counseling” to deal with his sexual misconduct.
To date, seven women, including a retired Navy admiral, have revealed that they were sexually harassed by Filner. At today’s press conference, Filner expressed regret for his past actions, but did not announce that he would step down, saying instead that he intends to enroll in therapy for two weeks. “I am responsible for my conduct, and I must take responsibility for my conduct by taking action so that such conduct can never happen again,” said Filner, who continued: “Beginning on August 5th, I will be entering a behavior counseling clinic to undergo two weeks of intensive therapy.”
While in therapy, Filner will continue to receive daily briefings on the city, but he will not be involved with the day-to-day administration of the city.
Several weeks ago, Filner first acknowledged that he had engaged in “inappropriate and wrong” behavior toward women but blamed it on “the generation” he came from.
Since then, the San Diego Democratic Committee has voted for Filner to resign, joining the calls of Republicans and Democrats across the country.
Filner concluded with a commitment to become a better person and to earn the people’s forgiveness, pledging: “When I return on August 19th, my focus will be on making sure that I am doing right by this city by being the best mayor I can be, and the best person I must be.”