We all need a pal. The Chargers seem to have found one — maybe their very best-est one — in Bob Filner, back when he was our not-yet-disgraced mayor.
To hear Filner tell it, as he did in an rare and exclusive interview with us, he liked the idea of a new downtown stadium for the team. The Chargers liked it too.
But Filner left, eventually decamping for L.A. The team may follow. As for the downtown stadium idea, it had a lot of hurdles, including a huge one: Filner wanted the city to get a stake in the team, something that’s about as likely as a Super Bowl in Saskatchewan.
• “The two most despised characters in recent San Diego history have each other’s backs,” snarked GOP operative Ryan Clumpner on Twitter.
Meanwhile, women who said they were victimized by Filner expressed their disgust to the Union-Tribune. “His lack of remorse and accountability is predictable and pathetic — as is his desire to remain in the spotlight,” said political consultant Laura Fink. “The least he could do for the victims and our city is to go away.”
L.A. Mayor: Maybe Stay Home, Bolts
• “We’d welcome any team to come here, but I love the idea of a great rivalry to the south,” says L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti about the prospect of the L.A. Chargers. (ESPN)