SAN DIEGO - San Diego's embattled mayor, facing sexual harassment allegations from a string of women, was dealt a setback on Friday when a liberal Democrat and a Republican businessman joined forces in a campaign to force a recall election.
Bob Filner, the 70-year-old Democratic mayor of California's second-largest city, has faced mounting pressure to resign over a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him last month by his former press secretary, who accused him of telling her she would work better without panties.
Since then, eight other women have come forward to publicly accuse Filner of making unwanted sexual advances. Filner has refused to step aside but has promised to attend two weeks of behavioral therapy beginning on Monday, while staying involved in running the city.
On Friday, Republican Michael Pallamary, a professional land surveyor from the wealthy San Diego neighborhood of La Jolla, and Democrat Stampp Corbin, the gay African-American publisher of the San Diego LGBT Weekly, agreed to team up on a recall effort to force Filner from office.