Insanity in our Backyard – Filner Must Go

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There is plenty of coverage of the allegations regarding Filner’s sexual harassment.  Leslie Eastman at College Insurrection has a nice summary and sdrostra.com is chock full of articles on the subject. But Filner has demonstrated plenty of other out-of-control behavior that together paints a portrait of a man teetering on the edge of sanity.

  • Most disturbing to me, because it is such an affront to civil behavior, his ex-fiancee said that  she made the “gut-wrenching decision” to break up with Filner after she said he recently started text messaging other women sexually explicit messages and set up dates in front of her.  Bronwym Ingram, the ex, said that he had lost the ability to treat anyone with civility.
  • His ongoing feud with Jan Goldsmith that is harming the city.  His aggressive take-over of a Goldsmith news conference prompted me to predict he wouldn’t finish the term.
  • The Sunroad Centrum pay-to-play investigation is still ongoing, with the FBI involved.  Citybeat has more details.
  • Jerry Navarra of Jerome’s Furniture donated free furniture to the mayor’s office while he has two properties in East Village that cannot be developed unless an historical designation is lifted.
Here is that Goldsmith presser video, click here if the embed doesn’t work.

He has clearly shredded the norms of civil behavior.  Here is the an article about conduct disorders, including DSM-IV diagnostic criteria.  Check out these symptoms and ask how much of Filner’s behavior fits:

Four types of symptoms of conduct disorder are recognized:

(1) Aggression or serious threats of harm to people or animals;
(2) Deliberate property damage or destruction (e.g., fire setting, vandalism);
(3) Repeated violation of household or school rules, laws, or both; and
(4) Persistent lying to avoid consequences or to obtain tangible goods or privileges.

Should someone who has the symptoms of a conduct disorder be our mayor?

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