Friday, December 13, 2013
By Elliot Spagat / The Associated Press
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In this Aug. 23, 2013, photo, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner speaks after agreeing to resign at a city council meeting in San Diego.
Two supporters, Councilwoman Donna Frye and environmental attorney Marco Gonzalez, met privately with Filner days later and were unconvinced he would change. They joined another attorney, Cory Briggs, at a news conference July 11 to demand a resignation.
McCormack Jackson was the first of nearly 20 women to go public and is still the only one to sue. On Thursday, City Council President Todd Gloria named her to be his communications director as interim mayor. A special election to replace Filner has been set for Nov. 19.
Morgan Rose, a psychologist at San Diego Unified School District, watched the news conference and called Briggs to say she could no longer stay silent about a meeting with the then-congressman at a Washington restaurant in 2009 to discuss her child-welfare advocacy group, America's Angel.
Rose said Filner told her first lady Michelle Obama wanted her to draft a memo about her efforts and, seconds later, moved across the booth, cornered her inside and tried to kiss her four times on the lips.
She said she decided not to report it because she feared for her personal safety and didn't want to jeopardize support.
"There was no way after the years I put in to even get (the project) on the radar, much less the top of the priority list, that I was going to compromise that," Rose said.
Filner hasn't publicly disclosed plans for this his final day. McCormack attorney Gloria Allred scheduled a news conference with some of the mayor's accusers to "celebrate."