democrats are calling on their own mayor to resign after more women came forward with claims of sexual harassment. four new accusers, all prominent women, went public last night with claims against
filner. they bring the number of accusers to seven. joining me now, the chair of the
san diego county
. with a welcome to you, francine. you have a retired navy admiral, a university dean. you're committee made this decision just two hours before these women came forward. in fact, here's what one of them said.
all the guys left, and i was the last one in the room and bob stepped between me and the doorway and he stopped me. he got very close to me. he ran his finger up my cheek like this and whispered to me, do you have a man in your life? i jumped back. i was very, very startled. i said, yes, i have a man in my life.
so how does the committee feel now?
well, you know, the committee changed from our position last week where we were split 50/50 because people felt that as long as it was press conference justice, it wasn't enough to ask him to resign. but once the charges came out this week, there was a shift in the feeling of the committee. it reflected the shift in the opinion of the democrats that we were hearing and the committee was planning to meet yesterday evening to take that vote. right before we met, these women came out publicly. i did announce that at the meeting. i can tell you people were absolutely dumbfounded that someone like retired rear admiral was one of the women, the one you just heard that, he had also approached so inappropriately.
yeah, are you taking into account sort of public sentiment? clearly this is a man who was ele elected, but you've got to think polls or at least some profound anecdotal evidence is going to suggest that people don't want him to stay? do you have a sense on that, any read on that?
we absolutely do. i think last week the public was split because the due process is also a very important principle. he had the right to face his accuser. once that changed, i think the
also shifted. then when these women started coming out, we were hearing from democrats very, very strongly and the far greater majority of them saying it was time for him to step down.
i know it's a difficult time for you because he's the first
mayor -- i mean, as a democratic, rather, for decades. i know it's tough for you.
it was absolutely the hardest vote we had to take because we do believe that he has the right agenda, but we are determined to continue with that vision of
and we will in the future. right now the best thing for
is for him to step down, get the help that he needs and top let the city move forward.
thank you so much for your time.