San Diego Mayor Bob Filner subjected himself to even more national ridicule earlier this week (hello Cosmopolitan magazine!) when he asked the city to pay his personal legal bills in his sexual harassment lawsuit.
The request seemed like a Hail Mary and the City Council laughed it off – voting against it and voting to sue Filner for the city’s own legal fees and costs in the case in two unanimous votes Tuesday.
But the reason Filner asked for the money could be simple: If the city doesn’t cover it, he might have to pay what could be an enormous legal bill on his own.
In short, Filner’s lawyer can’t represent him for free and the mayor likely can’t raise money from contributors to cover his costs.