San Diego Mayor Gets Much-Needed Lift

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_709dfca1ac.jpgBill Wechter/Getty Images (SAN DIEDO) -- Although it may seem that way, not everyone in San Diego wants to run Mayor Bob Filner out of town on a rail. There was a rally of sorts on Monday for Filner, who has been accused by 16 women of sexual harassment before and after he was elected mayor last November. The embattled Democrat, who has refused to step down in spite of a petition drive to recall him, received support from about 80 people who insist Filner should not be tried in the court of public opinion until all the facts are in.

Kathleen Harmon, a community activist and Filner campaign volunteer, expressed anger at the money being spent on recall efforts, telling reporters, "A victim is tried in court; not in the media, not on the streets.  They have the opportunity to prove themselves."

Human rights activist Enrique Morones added, "Bob Filner has been with the displaced communities for four decades.  He has stood side by side with us and we stand side by side with him today."

Former City Councilman Floyd Morrow and former Assembly candidate Maxine Sherard also turned out to say they stood behind the mayor.

Nevertheless, the move to recall Filner is pressing forward, with former City Councilman Carl DeMaio, who ran against him last November, exhorting the mayor's opponents to get off "the sidelines" and help in signature-gathering efforts.

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