Dodgy democratic ratbag busted for sexual harrassment, and it isnt Bill Clinton

Politics is an aphrodisiac, it gets off the politicians, it also gets off the groupies.

Ultimately though the power play creates an uneven “play ground” for participants. Eventually though the truth will out…and the cover-ups and pressure plays always gets them in the end.

While we can all laugh at Anthony Weiner there are others out there like this dodgy democrat.

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In 2011, at least three women warned the head of the?San Diego County Democratic Party?of stories in the community about then-Rep. Bob Filner making inappropriate advances toward professional women with whom he’d come in contact through his political position.

Former California State Assemblywoman?Lori Salda?a, San Diego County Democratic Central Committee member?Martha Sullivan, and Escondido City Council member?Olga Diaz?all brought uncomfortable incidents to the attention of?Jess Durfee, who was until the end of 2012 Democratic Party chairman for San Diego, the eighth-largest city in America.?

What happened next illustrates the enormous challenge the situation presented to local Democrats, who were looking to Filner as their best shot at retaking the mayor’s seat in the heavily Republican community for the first time since 1992. It also reveals the party’s short-sighted and ultimately self-destructive failure to do due diligence on the accusations, which were presented to the party secondhand and yet failed to trigger any kind of substantive investigation, or even an intra-party conversation with a lawyer.

San Diego Democrats are now devastated that they put the party’s local revival in Filner’s hands, tainting it for who knows how long. National Republicans are gleeful at?a chance to try to turn the tables?on the Democrats’ “War on Women” talking point, roping Filner together with deeply unpopular New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner and others to try to create a national narrative about Democratic political hypocrisy on women.

As Filner?fights a recall effort?and rumors swirl that he’s working on negotiated exit from office as part of his response to a?sexual harassment lawsuit from his former communications director?– along with?accusations of inappropriate behavior from 13 other women?– Republicans and Democrats alike are asking themselves how his behavior could have gone unchecked for so long.

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