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A Long-Forgotten Foe’s True Character Is Revealed

The final Morning Jolt of the week reveals that one of the least-favorite Democrats from the past is indeed a bad guy:

You Stay Classy, San Diego Mayor!

One of my all-time favorite Republican candidates is Nick Popaditch, a Purple Heart and Silver Star–winning Marine who lost an eye in the first battle for Fallujah, who ran for Congress in Southern California 2010 and 2012. In his 2010 race, he lost to longtime incumbent Bob Filner, who later went on to run for mayor of San Diego and win.

The guys you like don’t always turn out to be heroes — COUGHbobmcdonnellCOUGH — and the guys you don’t like don’t always turn out to be creeps. But sometimes they do, and it’s somewhat satisfying.

Sounds like Filner’s a Grade-A Jerk:

Earlier Thursday, three high-profile San Diegans described sexual harassment allegations involving “numerous” female employees of Mayor Bob Filner who were subjected to “unfortunate and reprehensible circumstances” but refused to reveal victim identities or details of the alleged behavior.

Filner released a statement on Thursday afternoon apologizing to city residents.

“As someone who has spent a lifetime fighting for equality for all people, I am embarrassed to admit that I have failed to fully respect the women who work for me and with me, and that at times I have intimidated them.

“I am also humbled to admit that I need help. I have begun to work with professionals to make changes in my behavior and approach. In addition, my staff and I will participate in sexual harassment training provided by the city.

“Please know that I fully understand that only I am the one who can make these changes. If my behavior doesn’t change I cannot succeed in leading our city.

“In the next few days, I will be reaching out to those who now work to those who now work in the Mayor’s Office or have previously worked for me — both men and women — to personally apologize for my behavior.”

Filner then said that residents have every right to be disappointed in him.

“I only ask that you give me an opportunity to prove I am capable of change, so that the vision I have for our city’s future can be realized,” he said.

“Failed to fully respect the women who work for me.” Is that what they’re calling it now?

Does “give me an opportunity to prove I am capable of change” work for harassment in other workplaces?

How about Nick Popaditch for mayor?

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