Morally destitute politicians are hardly a recent development; however, recent behavior by some elected officials reveals an audacity almost beyond belief.
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who is currently undergoing therapy amid calls for his resignation for repeated sexual harassment, is such an individual. One of several women who have come forward to accuse Filner in recent weeks has a unique perspective and agreed to detail her experience in a timely and candid interview.
Morgan Rose, a school psychologist and mental health expert, said she first met Filner in May 2009, and his inappropriate advances soon followed. Under the guise of discussing a program designed to address violence within the homes of American soldiers, Rose said that Filner called her directly to set up a meeting.
“I could understand why he wanted to vet me,” she said, “to verify my credentials prior to taking the campaign to the Obamas.”
She recalled initial excitement to meet with the mayor, replaced by disgust as “his eyes turn creepy right before he said, ‘Your eyes have bewitched me.’”
At that point, she said he trapped her behind a table and would not budge despite her insistence that he let her leave.
“When I asked he return to his side of the table or let me out, each time he told me he would if I would kiss him,” she explained. “His phone finally rang after four attempts to kiss me and he took the call, then left.”
Rose did not come forward immediately and was the third alleged victim to publicly accuse Filner of abuse.
“I thought more victims would come forward with stories more recent,” she noted, “stories about his abuse as mayor. When that didn’t happen, I contacted attorney Cory Briggs, who represents several anonymous victims.”
After working with a legal team for about a week, she said she released her initial statement and plans to remain an advocate for victimized women in the future.
In addition to a possible lawsuit, Rose said she wants to share her story in a forthcoming book “to speak for those too afraid of him to speak for themselves.”
Through her unique training and experience, she has pinpointed what she believes is the driving force behind Filner’s in appropriate behavior.
His actions both during and after abusing multiple women is evidence of “an extreme narcissistic personality,” Rose contends, adding that Filner “has arranged his life to maintain power and control. His refusal to step down supports that obsession.”
By going public with her experience, she hopes to accomplish two goals.
“One is for women to know such behavior is the fault of the perpetrator, not the victim, [and] that they can stand strong as they speak out when it happens,” she said.
Additionally, she wants to foster unity among “the sisterhood of women.”
In the end, Rose calls the prospect of redemption for the troubled mayor “impossible,” based on both his age and brazen disregard for societal norms.
“For him to ever recognize he needs redemption from his victims is not possible for his pathology,” she said, “especially at the age of 70 and [with] his level of disconnect from rational thought and behavior.”
Certainly, abusive actions toward women transcends party lines and political affiliations. When one looks at the behavior of prominent Democrats such as Filner, Bill Clinton, Anthony Weiner, and others, though, it becomes apparent that they feel entitled to act in any way they desire. When faced with irrefutable proof of harassment, these leftist politicians dig in and refuse to step down or accept any actual responsibility.
Too many who falsely accuse Republicans of waging a war on women are themselves fighting on its front lines.
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