None of the ways to kick San Diego Mayor Bob Filner out of office is easy.
A whole lot of people have to sign a recall petition to get it on the ballot. A Grand Jury investigation would be unprecedented. And despite all the sexual harassment and quid-pro-quo allegations surrounding Filner, no one’s talking about him going to prison.
So that leaves Filner stepping down of his own accord. Since no amount of daily shaming in the local and national media and abandonment by his allies appears to be moving him, the theory is that Filner would only agree to resign as part of a deal to resolve his legal woes. City Attorney Jan Goldsmith has called the idea giving Filner “an out.”
“It’s the biggest, and perhaps only, negotiating point [Filner] has right now,” said attorney and former city Ethics Committee Chairman Gil Cabrera.