Everything is about sex, except sex. Sex is about power.
Francis Underwood – House of Cards
What is it about politicians and dodgy risky behaviour?
Mayor Bob Filner resigned on Friday under a barrage of sexual harassment complaints, offering an apology to his accusers while still denying the allegations and blaming his downfall on â€śa combination of awkwardness and hubris.â€ť
Mr. Filner compared his situation over the last several weeks, under accusations by more than a dozen women, to facing a â€ślynch mob.â€ťÂ
They always blame everyone else.
â€śWhen a lynch-mob mentality exists, rumors become allegations, allegations become facts, and facts become evidence,â€ť Mr. Filner said in a long, emotional speech in the City Council chamber. â€śWe had a chance to do a progressive vision in this city for the first time in 50 years. We need you to carry that vision forward â€” this is not the time to let it die.â€ť
Under an agreement approved Friday, the city will pay most of Mr. Filnerâ€™s legal fees. It will also cover any punitive damages against him in any sexual harassment lawsuit and pay up to $98,000 for his private lawyers.
Mr. Filner, the first Democrat elected mayor here in more than 20 years, will step down on Aug. 30. â€śI never intended to be a mayor who went out like this,â€ť he said.
â€śThis is the toughest decision in my life,â€ť said Mr. Filner, who devoted much of his comments to criticizing his political enemies and speaking of his vision for leading the city. He ended, to a standing ovation from dozens of supporters, by quoting Senator Edward M. Kennedy: â€śThe cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die.â€ť
One day a scandal like this will envelop a politician in New Zealand.