San Diego's serial sexual harrassing Mayor Bob Filner entered "therapy" a week early and will complete the two week program today, says his spokesman.
Unfortunately for Filner, it may be too late. A source at city hall says that the locks to the doors of the mayor's office have been changed which could either be a subtle hint from his staff that he should take a permanent vacation, or Filner has already decided to step down but is waiting to announce it an an opportune time.
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's chief of staff confirmed to 10News that the mayor began his therapy a week early and has already completed the program, but a statement from his attorneys said he will finish his therapy Saturday.
On Friday afternoon, Chief of Staff Lee Burdick told 10News reporter Allison Ash that Filner began his two weeks of "intensive" therapy one week earlier due to "intense media coverage."
In a press conference in late July, Filner said he would begin his two-week therapy session on August 5.
He was originally scheduled to come back to work August 19, but Filner is reportedly coming back to San Diego Friday.
When asked, Burdick did not say when the mayor would return.
However, in a statement from Filner's attorneys obtained by 10News noted that the mayor would "complete his voluntary, two-week intensive treatment program on August 10."
The statement from Payne & Fears LLP went on to say, "Upon completion of the treatment program, Mayor Filner is planning to continue therapy sessions on an outpatient basis."
According to the attorneys, Filner will be "taking personal time next week and will be unavailable for comment."
Multiple sources told 10News that the locks at the mayor's office have been changed.
Filner has been accused of unwanted advances by 14 women, including two city employees and military veterans who were speaking at an event for females raped while in the armed forces. Some of the women said he tried to kiss and grope them.
Former mayoral communications director Irene McCormack Jackson has sued Filner and the city. A manager who only used her first name of Stacy, has lodged two complaints but has not filed a lawsuit.
He has rebuffed numerous calls for his resignation from political and business leaders, including all nine members of the City Council, the San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee, former Mayor Jerry Sanders, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles and Senate Majority Leader Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento.
It may be that Filner wants to leave on his own terms and not appear to have been forced out. No one will buy that, but a man in his position grasps at straws in order to maintain some dignity.
Senator Boxer, a friend of many years, sent Filner a scathing open letter calling on him to resign immediately. No doubt this sordid saga is reaching a conclusion and Filner will do what he should have done a month ago and resign.