Questions for @RepSpeier (D-CA 14) about Bob “Filthy” Filner #WarOnWomen

Posted by: Phineas on August 9, 2013 at 6:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Dear Representative Jackie Speier,

In an article excerpted today in the California Political Review, you are quoted as saying Bob Filner should resign as Mayor of San Diego:

“In [Filner’s] case, I think he was abusing his power, and I find it disgusting that he would hit on sexual assault victims in the military or veterans, I should say,” Speier said.

You’ve served as part of the California delegation to the House and as a member of the Democratic caucus there since since 2008. Filner was in the House from 1993-2012, also as a member of the Democratic caucus. So you overlapped for four years. It’s been widely reported that Bob Filner was harassing women during his time in the House. Indeed, that’s where he got the nickname “Filthy,” as well as a few others. The former head of the California Democratic Party flew to Washington to speak to Bob about his “issue.” There’s no way this stayed secret from the caucus leadership and, given the number of women complaining about Filner’s behavior in the House, it’s difficult to believe you didn’t know.

And so some questions come to mind:

When did you first hear of Bob Filner’s disgusting behavior in the House? Why did you not complain about it then? Why did you not demand his resignation or expulsion? Since you had to have known about it then, why are you only denouncing it now? Are you concerned your caucus leadership was apparently engaged in a cover up of a sexual predator who preyed on veterans? Were you part of that cover up? Will you denounce Nancy Pelosi’s involvement in a cover up and her effective enabling of Bob Filner’s abuse of women?

And, if you truly didn’t know what was going on, if you didn’t notice what so many women were complaining about and you weren’t “read in” by your caucus leadership, are you concerned about what that says about your job performance and place in the caucus and the California delegation?

Will you resign for your failure as a feminist to protect the women of the House?

Kind Regards,

–A California Voter

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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8 Responses to “Questions for @RepSpeier (D-CA 14) about Bob “Filthy” Filner #WarOnWomen”


  1. Lorica says:

    Where is his royal doofesness on how Filner “acted stupidly” or if I had a grandpa “he would be just like Filner”…. There is a war on women and it is in the hearts of the demon party. – Lorica

  2. How’s the ‘war on women’ theme working out now, Jackie!?

    I don’t know what to be more disgusted by; that Filthy Filner was allowed to get away with his abuse of women for so long, or that a female colleague put politics over common decency?

  3. Why is it that certain women have the temerity to show up in public dressed in a costume resembling their sex organs yet cannot seem to find the admirable personal quality required to stick a foot right in Filner’s “twig and berries” and put a stop to this kind of crap?

  4. Carlos says:

    None of this matters a whit to most voters in the area. As long as jackasses show up occasionally (like once every two years or so) to condemn some outrageous act of moral depravity on the part of one of their own (usually a relatively minor functionary) they can righteously claim the moral high ground during an election (usually nationally, en masse) and the fools that voted for whatever jackass that got caught will vote for the next piece of pig poop that will keep them enslaved.

    It’s easier than taking responsibility, something jackasses (and the Repub “leadership”) are experts at avoiding like the plague.

  5. Steve Skubinna says:

    The problem for the Dems isn’t what Filner did. The problem is that it has now become embarrassing to them. That’s his real transgression in their eyes.

  6. Lorica says:

    Agreed Steve!!