Scott Lewis got lots of pushback on his column arguing why San Diego should be proud of the way city leaders reacted to Mayor Bob Filner’s sexual harassment scandal.
“We live among citizens who won’t tolerate this kind of behavior from their civic leader, regardless of how inconvenient it is politically,” Lewis wrote. One of the threads that emerged in the comments was Erik Bruvold’s focus on Filner’s failure as a manager:
Hmmmm …Well not buying this one Scott. The election of 2012 stands as stark testament to a really bad development in our politics — the win-at-any-cost view by committed partisans. People wrote about the prickly Filner personality or the scandals but really very little coverage of a key and immutable fact — Bob Filner had never managed more than about a dozen people. Never. And he was now “interviewing” for a job that involves management of 10,000-plus. There was minimal coverage of this. I can’t think of an article about how Filner ran meetings, how he was viewed by former staff, whether he had groomed people in their careers, etc., etc., etc.
The partisans knew this but didn’t care. They either believed that this wasn’t important or that some policy wins outweighed the damage done as a mayor with no experience learned Management 101 on the job.
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