Make no mistake. Lee Burdick’s new book is going to make San Diego’s political class light its hair on fire.
Burdick, the ex-chief of staff to disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner, has written a detailed behind-the-scenes account of Filner’s nine months in office in which no one comes out particularly well. Voice of San Diego received an advance copy of the book, which is due out Feb. 8.
Filner, of course, is the chief villain. The book is filled with moment after jaw-dropping moment of this villainy from the abominable way he treated his staff, to the abhorrent and criminal way he treated women to the extreme delusions of grandeur and self-aggrandizement. Burdick’s tale is worse than your wildest imagination of how Filner behaved – which is hard to believe.
One of the many anecdotes that made me audibly gasp: The weekend before Filner was scheduled to return to the city from his two-week sexual harassment rehab trip, the mayor and key staff members met in a downtown condo to discuss their plans. That time overlapped with the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and Filner’s civil rights history gave him an idea for what he might say, Burdick writes: