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San Diego mayor keeps low profile on final day

  • FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 file photo, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner speaks after agreeing to resign at a city council meeting in San Diego. On Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, Filner is leaving office in disgrace amid sexual harassment allegations and many unanswered questions, including how someone who acknowledged mistreating women for many years could have survived for so long in politics. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

    FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 file photo, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner speaks after agreeing to resign at a city council meeting in San Diego. On Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, Filner is leaving office in disgrace amid sexual harassment allegations and many unanswered questions, including how someone who acknowledged mistreating women for many years could have survived for so long in politics. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

  • Attorney Gloria Allred listens to Marine Katherine Ragazzino, second right, during a news conference with Peggy Shannon, left, and Michelle Tyler, right, who accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual assault, at a hotel on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in San Diego. The conference celebrated Filner's last day in office after he resigned because of allegations of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)

    Attorney Gloria Allred listens to Marine Katherine Ragazzino, second right, during a news conference with Peggy Shannon, left, and Michelle Tyler, right, who accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual assault, at a hotel on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in San Diego. The conference celebrated Filner's last day in office after he resigned because of allegations of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)

  • Attorney Gloria Allred listens to Marine Katherine Ragazzino, second right, during a news conference with Peggy Shannon, left, and Michelle Tyler, right, who accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual assault, at a hotel on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in San Diego. The conference celebrated Filner's last day in office after he resigned because of allegations of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)

    Attorney Gloria Allred listens to Marine Katherine Ragazzino, second right, during a news conference with Peggy Shannon, left, and Michelle Tyler, right, who accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual assault, at a hotel on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in San Diego. The conference celebrated Filner's last day in office after he resigned because of allegations of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)

  • Attorney Gloria Allred listens to Katherine Ragazzino, second right, during a news conference with Peggy Shannon, left, and Michelle Tyler, right, who accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual assault, at a hotel on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in San Diego. The conference celebrated Filner's last day in office after he resigned because of allegations of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)

    Attorney Gloria Allred listens to Katherine Ragazzino, second right, during a news conference with Peggy Shannon, left, and Michelle Tyler, right, who accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual assault, at a hotel on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in San Diego. The conference celebrated Filner's last day in office after he resigned because of allegations of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)

  • Attorney Gloria Allred listens to Katherine Ragazzino, second right, during a news conference with Peggy Shannon, left, and Michelle Tyler, right, who accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual assault, at a hotel on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in San Diego. The conference celebrated Filner's last day in office after he resigned because of allegations of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)

    Attorney Gloria Allred listens to Katherine Ragazzino, second right, during a news conference with Peggy Shannon, left, and Michelle Tyler, right, who accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual assault, at a hotel on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in San Diego. The conference celebrated Filner's last day in office after he resigned because of allegations of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)

  • Attorney Gloria Allred carries a sign as she walks into a news conference with Peggy Shannon, left, and Michelle Tyler, right, who accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual assault, at a hotel on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in San Diego. The conference celebrated Filner's last day in office after he resigned because of allegations of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)

    Attorney Gloria Allred carries a sign as she walks into a news conference with Peggy Shannon, left, and Michelle Tyler, right, who accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual assault, at a hotel on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in San Diego. The conference celebrated Filner's last day in office after he resigned because of allegations of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)

  • Attorney Gloria Allred carries a sign as she walks into a news conference with Peggy Shannon, left, and Michelle Tyler, right, who accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual assault, at a hotel on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in San Diego. The conference celebrated Filner's last day in office after he resigned because of allegations of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)

    Attorney Gloria Allred carries a sign as she walks into a news conference with Peggy Shannon, left, and Michelle Tyler, right, who accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual assault, at a hotel on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in San Diego. The conference celebrated Filner's last day in office after he resigned because of allegations of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)

  • San Diego Mayor Bob Filner speaks during a news conference at city hall Friday, July 26, 2013, in San Diego.  Filner said Friday he will undergo therapy after less than a year in office amid allegations that he sexually harassed women. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

    San Diego Mayor Bob Filner speaks during a news conference at city hall Friday, July 26, 2013, in San Diego. Filner said Friday he will undergo therapy after less than a year in office amid allegations that he sexually harassed women. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

  • FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 23, 2013 file photo, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner speaks after agreeing to resign at a city council meeting in San Diego. On Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, Filner is leaving office in disgrace amid sexual harassment allegations and many unanswered questions, including how someone who acknowledged mistreating women for many years could have survived for so long in politics. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
  • Attorney Gloria Allred listens to Marine Katherine Ragazzino, second right, during a news conference with Peggy Shannon, left, and Michelle Tyler, right, who accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual assault, at a hotel on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in San Diego. The conference celebrated Filner's last day in office after he resigned because of allegations of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)
  • Attorney Gloria Allred listens to Marine Katherine Ragazzino, second right, during a news conference with Peggy Shannon, left, and Michelle Tyler, right, who accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual assault, at a hotel on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in San Diego. The conference celebrated Filner's last day in office after he resigned because of allegations of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)
  • Attorney Gloria Allred listens to Katherine Ragazzino, second right, during a news conference with Peggy Shannon, left, and Michelle Tyler, right, who accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual assault, at a hotel on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in San Diego. The conference celebrated Filner's last day in office after he resigned because of allegations of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)
  • Attorney Gloria Allred listens to Katherine Ragazzino, second right, during a news conference with Peggy Shannon, left, and Michelle Tyler, right, who accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual assault, at a hotel on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in San Diego. The conference celebrated Filner's last day in office after he resigned because of allegations of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)
  • Attorney Gloria Allred carries a sign as she walks into a news conference with Peggy Shannon, left, and Michelle Tyler, right, who accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual assault, at a hotel on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in San Diego. The conference celebrated Filner's last day in office after he resigned because of allegations of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)
  • Attorney Gloria Allred carries a sign as she walks into a news conference with Peggy Shannon, left, and Michelle Tyler, right, who accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual assault, at a hotel on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in San Diego. The conference celebrated Filner's last day in office after he resigned because of allegations of sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker)
  • San Diego Mayor Bob Filner speaks during a news conference at city hall Friday, July 26, 2013, in San Diego.  Filner said Friday he will undergo therapy after less than a year in office amid allegations that he sexually harassed women. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Bob Filner’s abbreviated tenure as mayor of San Diego ended yesterday. But the sexual harassment allegations that drove him from office promise to follow him into retirement.

The only scheduled event marking his final day was a mock celebration by accusers who gave him several parting gifts, including a mirror that attorney Gloria Allred said he can look at when asking who’s to blame for his resignation.

The former 10-term congressman had no public appearances scheduled. His spokeswoman, Lena Lewis, didn’t respond to messages seeking comment on his whereabouts.

Employees in the city hall lobby said they hadn’t seen the 70-year-old mayor. An office receptionist had no comment.

Before the scandal, Filner was true to his reputation as a workaholic. Followers adopted a Twitter hashtag – #filnereverywhere – to chronicle his nonstop pace riding a bicycle to school with children, crashing the podium at the city attorney’s news conference to denounce the speaker’s positions, and marching to protest violence against women.

The city’s first Democratic leader in 20 years turned into a virtual no-show after allegations surfaced last month that he sexually harassed women. The saga culminated in a defiant farewell speech to the city council last week in which the onetime civil rights activist said he was the innocent victim of a “lynch mob.”

At the mock celebration, Allred displayed a farewell card that said she looked forward to seeing Filner at a deposition in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former communications director Irene McCormack Jackson – the first of nearly 20 women to identify herself as a target of the mayor’s unwanted advances. She is the only one who has sued Filner.

Allred was flanked by two other Filner accusers.

“I was a victim and now I am a survivor,” said Peggy Shannon, 67, who volunteers at the senior citizen information desk in the City Hall lobby and accused Filner of kissing her on the lips, repeatedly asking her on dates and boasting of his sexual prowess.

City Council President Todd Gloria, a Democrat who becomes interim mayor, said he would interview Filner’s staff and hoped to keep most in their jobs. On Thursday, he named McCormack, as she is known professionally, to be his communications director.

The California attorney general’s office has launched a criminal investigation of Filner, and the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has been interviewing his accusers and will deliver its findings to the attorney general’s office for possible
prosecution.

"Filner is leaving office in disgrace amid sexual harassment allegations and many unanswered questions, including how someone who acknowledged mistreating women for many years could have survived for so long in politics."....Because the left does not care about actual women...obviously. War on women? Democrats knew about this guy for years...and did nothing.

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