Piece by piece over the last 12 days, San Diegans have heard increasing details of sexual harassment accusations against Mayor Bob Filner. Monday afternoon, the biggest piece of the puzzle came forward. In doing so, she called the mayor’s bluff.
Irene McCormack, formerly the mayor’s top spokeswoman, revealed herself as one of the city staffers allegedly harassed by Filner, and called on him to resign. She told a roomful of cameras and reporters at a downtown hotel that the mayor had put her in a headlock and dragged her around while making sexually explicit comments. That after she had resisted a sexual advance inside her office, Filner told her that as mayor he couldn’t be kicked out of any office at City Hall. That Filner told her she would work better without her panties on.
“He is not fit to be mayor of our great city,” McCormack said. “He is not fit to hold any public office. A man who lacks character makes a mockery of his ideas.”
McCormack made her comments after filing a sexual harassment lawsuit earlier Monday and alongside her celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, who has made a career out of these kinds of big-name suits. McCormack’s lawsuit puts in black and white many of the grossest allegations against the mayor, laying out a pattern of his near constant sexual solicitations of her.