Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) issued a blistering statement on Friday calling for embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (D) to resign over a string of sexual harassment allegations.
“The misconduct Mayor Bob Filner has been accused of is reprehensible and indefensible,” the Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairwoman said. “I am personally offended by his actions, and I firmly believe no employee should face a hostile environment or harassment at their place of employment. There is no place for this type of conduct in the workplace and certainly not in our city halls and public offices.”
“For the good of the City of San Diego, I call on Mayor Filner to resign,” she concluded.
Wasserman Schultz is the latest high-level Washington Democrat to weigh in on the Filner scandal. On Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called Filner’s behavior, and that of New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner (D), “reprehensible.”
"It is so disrespectful of women, and what's really stunning about it is they don't even realize. They don't have a clue,” Pelosi said at a press conference. “If they're clueless, get a clue. If they need therapy, do it in private.”
Filner has been accused of sexual harassment by three women, and a court has ordered that Filner not be alone with a woman while on public grounds. He has apologized, saying he didn’t “fully respect the women who work for me and with me,” but denies that he’s guilty of sexual harassment and says he won’t resign.
Filner and Weiner served in the House of Representatives with Wasserman Schultz when Pelosi was Speaker.