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Despite resounding calls for his resignation, and despite the staggering number of women--seven--who have leveled sexual harassment allegations against him, the 70-year-old Democrat is refusing to call it quits.

“Tenacious” doesn’t even begin to describe San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

Despite calls for his resignation, and the number of women–seven–who have leveled sexual harassment allegations against him, the 70-year-old Democrat is refusing to call it quits.

During a press conference Friday, Filner announced his intention to enter a two-week intensive therapy program, but not resign as mayor, a position he’s held for less than eight months. Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has called on him to step down, and so has the San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee, following a 34-6 vote on Thursday.

San Diego Democratic Party Chair Francine Busby said committee members were “absolutely dumbfounded” by the latest allegations.

“It was absolutely the hardest vote that we had to take because we do believe that he had the right agenda,” said Busby on NewsNation Friday. But “right now the best thing for San Diego is for him to step down, get the help that he needs, and to let the city move forward.”

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    >>> san diego 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 mayor bob filner. they bring the number of accusers to seven. joining me now, the chair of the san diego county democratic party . 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 public opinion 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 democratically elected 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 san diego and we will in the future. right now the best thing for san diego 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.

    >> thank you.

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