Filner says he’ll fight harassment allegations

Filner says he’ll fight harassment allegations

Mayor Bob FilnerSAN DIEGO — San Diego Mayor Bob Filner released a statement Monday stating his intention to stay in office and fight allegations that he has sexually harassed women.

In a statement announcing the appointment of a new chief operation officer for the city, Filner wrote:

“I’m not going to resign, and here’s why.  As your elected mayor, I fully expect to be accountable to the citizens of San Diego for all of my actions.  But as a citizen of this country, I also expect – and am entitled to – due process, and the opportunity to respond in a fair and impartial venue to specific allegations.  I do not believe I am guilty of sexual harassment, and I believe a full presentation of the facts will vindicate me.”

Acknowledging the growing chorus of voices calling for him to step down, Filner said the some have said that city operations will…

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