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Recall campaign kicks off to remove San Diego mayor

Monday, August 19, 2013 - 01:19

Aug. 19 - As supporters of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner rally around him after accusations of sexual harassment, critics kicked off a recall campaign to gather signatures aimed at ousting him. Sarah Irwin reports.

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STORY: On the day he was supposed to return to work - embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner appeared at the City Attorney's office. Also at the same building, attorney Gloria Allred - who has filed two lawsuits against Filner on behalf of two women who claim the mayor sexually harassed them. So far - 16 women have come forward - accusing the 70-year-old divorced mayor of sexual harassment. Filner - who took a two week leave of absence to undergo therapy and address behavioral issues - has brushed off repeated calls to resign. Outside City Hall - a group of his demonstrators gathered to support him. SOUNDBITE: Unidentified supporter of Mayor Bob Filner, saying: "We are here today to express our outrage, our outrage at the flagrant disregard for the constitutional rights of Mayor Bob Filner." A day earlier, critics of Filner started a recall campaign - collecting signatures on petitions to try to force the mayor out. SOUNDBITE: Unidentified Recall Filner campaign volunteer, saying: "In just a couple of hours, I was able to myself personally to get over a hundred signatures." The campaign needs at least 102,000 signatures by September 26 get the recall initiative on the ballot.

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Recall campaign kicks off to remove San Diego mayor

Monday, August 19, 2013 - 01:19