It’s bad when a tearful disabled Iraq war veteran claims that you used her injuries to make an unwanted sexual advance toward the veteran’s nurse. It’s worse when the allegation happens in a military town like San Diego. It’s worst when the accusation strikes at the heart of the best thing you’re known for during decades in elected office.
Marine veteran Katherine Ragazzino choked up during a Tuesday press conference as she recalled a June meeting with Mayor Bob Filner in his office. Ragazzino and her nurse, Michelle Tyler, alleged that Filner isolated Tyler after the meeting and repeatedly asked her on a date, implying a quid-pro-quo to help Ragazzino.
“I don’t appreciate being used as a bargaining chip to fulfill his sexual desires,” Ragazzino said of the mayor.
Those comments, far more than the ridiculous Filner’s-a-danger-to-all-women sign celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred held up during the press conference, tarnish Filner’s entire political legacy in a way no other allegation of sexual harassment has to this point.