In Possibly Strategic Move, Filner Supporter Starts Recall Campaign

In Possibly Strategic Move, Filner Supporter Starts Recall Campaign

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Mayor Bob Filner

One of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s most ardent supporters has taken the first steps to recall him, possibly foreclosing other efforts to kick out the embattled mayor.

Local LGBT activist Stampp Corbin has taken initial steps to start circulating petitions to recall the mayor, citing the sexual harassment accusations leveled against Filner in recent weeks.

Corbin, owner and publisher of San Diego-based LGBT Weekly, published a classified ad in U-T San Diego on Friday announcing his intention to do so.

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But by starting a recall process, Corbin might be making a strategic move to prevent other groups from doing the same.

City recall rules don’t clarify whether more than one recall campaign can run concurrently once another process has started. And if a recall process fails, opponents would have to wait another six months before trying again, according to city rules.

Corbin wouldn’t say whether his move was a cynical effort to support the mayor. But he said that he hasn’t decided whether Filner should be recalled.

“I don’t have a perspective,” Corbin said. “What my perspective is that everyone’s talking about this, let’s start the process.”

Getting a recall on the ballot is a significantly difficult task even for someone highly motivated. To get a recall on the ballot, Corbin would need to collect at least 101,596 valid signatures in 39 days. Corbin said he wouldn’t rely on paid signature gatherers and simply plans to allow residents interested in gathering signatures to pick up petitions at the LGBT Weekly’s Banker’s Hill office.

Corbin’s publication was one of the most faithful backers of Filner’s mayoral bid, specifically in its reporting on Filner’s opponent Carl DeMaio, who is openly gay. LGBT Weekly purported to reveal private details of DeMaio’s relationship with rival gay media publisher Johnathan Hale and pushed a theory that Hale was involved in the Balboa Park lily pond vandalism despite there being no evidence.

Most recently, LGBT Weekly columnist Nicole Murray Ramirez attended the Pride events with Filner and cast doubt on the reasons Filner’s ex-fiancee left him earlier this month.

“Of all the mayors I’ve known, it is Bob Filner who I am the closest with and who I have had the longest friendship with – almost 40 years,” Murray Ramirez wrote this week. ”Yes, Bob Filner indeed made his own bed in this controversy and has no one to blame. But it seems to me that other interests are trying to burn down the bedroom and house as quickly as possible. Let Bob decide his future and make his own decisions on his own time. I believe he will not let our great city down.”

Liam Dillon contributed to this report.

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Victoria McIntyre
Victoria McIntyre

Stampp Corbin needs to really rethink this action. I am not questioning his motives at all but it's always a good idea not to rush to judgment and to let some matters play out. In this case, events may occur in a way that no one expects at this moment. We all want this to go away but sometimes patience is the road to follow.

amy roth
amy roth

There's only one way the Filner story ends: He completes his term. The only question is whether he gets re-elected for a second term, which depends on how well he satisfies his base. He has three years to do that.

amy roth
amy roth subscribermember

There's only one way the Filner story ends: He completes his term. The only question is whether he gets re-elected for a second term, which depends on how well he satisfies his base. He has three years to do that.

Olin Hyde
Olin Hyde subscribermember

Reid Carr for mayor!

David Hall
David Hall

Michael Pallamary blew it. He tried to be cute and let the recall effort hang out there until he deemed it of sufficient momentum to succeed, and somebody beat him to the punch. No wonder he's basically irrelevant in San Diego.

David Hall
David Hall subscriber

Michael Pallamary blew it. He tried to be cute and let the recall effort hang out there until he deemed it of sufficient momentum to succeed, and somebody beat him to the punch. No wonder he's basically irrelevant in San Diego.

Reid Carr
Reid Carr subscribermember

You believe that he can disrespect half our population -- which at the very least he has admitted to doing -- and he can still be effective? He can foster workplace culture of fear and we can still get the creativity we need to make progress? A leadership team of constant turnover can effectively execute a strategy? A workforce with uncertain guidance will be engaged by anything other than new drama developing daily? A leader in the national spotlight fending off an increasing pool of accusers can encourage investment into our city? Guilty or not, the evidence suggests he cannot be effective in this situation and a true public servant would resign and defend himself in the periphery of our city working to rebuild itself from this damage.

Jim Jones
Jim Jones

This is a great move, if it keeps Filner in office. The longer Filner is in office the better for San Diego.

Jim Jones
Jim Jones subscriber

This is a great move, if it keeps Filner in office. The longer Filner is in office the better for San Diego.

christine mann
christine mann

Good!!! This is a BRILLIANT move by Corbin!!! because we need time to marinate in the facts and not rush to judge. people need to sit w/ the evidence and to date there is NONE. its all heresay.

christine mann
christine mann subscriber

Good!!! This is a BRILLIANT move by Corbin!!! because we need time to marinate in the facts and not rush to judge. people need to sit w/ the evidence and to date there is NONE. its all heresay.

Bill Luther
Bill Luther

Purely a calculated political move to prevent those citizens who are in favor of recalling our Mayor from doing so. I have been kind of dismayed but relatively mellow about all of this up until right now. The political machine Mayor Filner brought to our city is beginning to make the Republican machine (that has owned our city for 20 years) look good and that my friend is saying a lot. I guess the "Due Process" the Mayor so often has touted does not apply to the electorate. Mr. Corbin in my opinion you are doing yourself, the LGBT movement and our City a shameful disservice. Please think through your motivation and decide if you want to be like a Republican.

hirlrng
hirlrng

Tom Eng - I totally agree. Let's say for a moment that he did indeed what he has been accused of, he is entitled to due process. Even if he is guilty, what does that bad behavior have to do with his ability to be a good Mayor? If he is guilty, get help, but throwing the baby out with the bathwater makes no sense. Look into Todd Gloria's past - his campaign contributions for example - are they squeeky clean? Cow-towing to the shakers and movers who degrade the environment - is he free of that stain? I realize that Puritans founded this country, but really - are you all so puritan that you can't see the difference between inappropriate behavior and an actual crime?

Steve Mehlman
Steve Mehlman

Are you serious? A former supporter of Mayor Filner's wants to start a move to recall him. But rather than praising him, you smear him for it. So if he says nothing, he's an apologist for the mayor? And if he moves to recall him, he's doing it to support the mayor? How ludicrous. No chance he could be truly disgusted with the situation. No, the only truly righteous people are the right-wingers who have been attacking the Mayor since he won the election.

Steve Mehlman
Steve Mehlman subscriber

Are you serious? A former supporter of Mayor Filner's wants to start a move to recall him. But rather than praising him, you smear him for it. So if he says nothing, he's an apologist for the mayor? And if he moves to recall him, he's doing it to support the mayor? How ludicrous. No chance he could be truly disgusted with the situation. No, the only truly righteous people are the right-wingers who have been attacking the Mayor since he won the election.

David Barak
David Barak

I can see the usual pattern here... "I didn't do anything." "What I did was misinterpreted." "I was wrong and for that I'm sorry." "I was wrong and I'm seeking help for it." "I quit."

David Barak
David Barak subscriber

I can see the usual pattern here... "I didn't do anything." "What I did was misinterpreted." "I was wrong and for that I'm sorry." "I was wrong and I'm seeking help for it." "I quit."

Tom Eng
Tom Eng

If mayor Bob resign I want Donna Fry as the interim Mayor. If he doesn’t resign then he will have his due process. I don’t want Todd Gloria to be the interim mayor because he is tied to the old regime.

Tom Eng
Tom Eng subscriber

If mayor Bob resign I want Donna Fry as the interim Mayor. If he doesn’t resign then he will have his due process. I don’t want Todd Gloria to be the interim mayor because he is tied to the old regime.

David Crossley
David Crossley

Yet here we are today, July 29, and Pallamary has also filed recall paperwork which was accepted at the city clerk's office with no one telling him he can't file, since one recall (allegedly) had already been started. Which one is legal?

David Crossley
David Crossley subscriber

Yet here we are today, July 29, and Pallamary has also filed recall paperwork which was accepted at the city clerk's office with no one telling him he can't file, since one recall (allegedly) had already been started. Which one is legal?

David Crossley
David Crossley

If Corbin did this to keep any other groups from starting a recall, Corbin is in the wrong line of work. A political career should be in his future. Christine, as much as I hate this ploy (as you know I do not want Filner to continue as mayor), I too have to hand it to Corbin--it IS a brilliant move.

David Crossley
David Crossley subscriber

If Corbin did this to keep any other groups from starting a recall, Corbin is in the wrong line of work. A political career should be in his future. Christine, as much as I hate this ploy (as you know I do not want Filner to continue as mayor), I too have to hand it to Corbin--it IS a brilliant move.

Reid Carr
Reid Carr

You believe that he can disrespect half our population -- which at the very least he has admitted to doing -- and he can still be effective? He can foster workplace culture of fear and we can still get the creativity we need to make progress? A leadership team of constant turnover can effectively execute a strategy? A workforce with uncertain guidance will be engaged by anything other than new drama developing daily? A leader in the national spotlight fending off an increasing pool of accusers can encourage investment into our city? Guilty or not, the evidence suggests he cannot be effective in this situation and a true public servant would resign and defend himself in the periphery of our city working to rebuild itself from this damage.

Steve Mehlman
Steve Mehlman

Perhaps he should consult with the Republicans and the UT. They've had a "plan" to get rid of Filner since the day he was elected. Let my paraphrase a quote from the great author Theodore White's "The Making of the President, 1968." The only way the Republicans will be happy is if the Democrats take a picture of Mayor Filner into Balboa Park at high noon and urinate on it. And then they'll complain because the Democrats didn't do it sooner.

Kevin Klein
Kevin Klein

Steve, don't you see hasn't started "a move to recall him." He has started the recall process - which as has been discussed is exceedingly difficult to achieve when you are organized, funded and plan for the effort. Stampp admitted he is none of these things and that people can "stop by the LGBT Weekly offices" to pick up petitions to sign? And that "I don't have a perspective... What my perspective is that everyone’s talking about this, let’s start the process.” Seriously, that is an effort to you? Bill Luther nailed this on the head! And I gotta say in addition to the 2-week therapy session during council recess, hiring a new female COS and the potential (Lisa's piece on grey area of recall was enlightening) for no 2nd recall effort for at least 6 months if this one fails - which it is in all likely hood will, unless hijacked by another group - if Filner organized this with Stampp, it was quite the genius move - he bought himself much more time! If, as you say Steve, Stampp "is truly disgusted with the situation," he is doing himself a large disservice if he actually wants a recall of Filner and has no plan!

Steve Mehlman
Steve Mehlman subscriber

Perhaps he should consult with the Republicans and the UT. They've had a "plan" to get rid of Filner since the day he was elected. Let my paraphrase a quote from the great author Theodore White's "The Making of the President, 1968." The only way the Republicans will be happy is if the Democrats take a picture of Mayor Filner into Balboa Park at high noon and urinate on it. And then they'll complain because the Democrats didn't do it sooner.

David Crossley
David Crossley

Tom--No choice, as I believe the council president becomes acting mayor should (when?) Filner resigns.

David Crossley
David Crossley subscriber

Tom--No choice, as I believe the council president becomes acting mayor should (when?) Filner resigns.

Dagny Salas
Dagny Salas

Hi David, we wrote about the gray areas in the city's recall rules: http://voiceofsandiego.org/2013/07/26/3-gray-areas-in-the-citys-recall-process/ and what we know about what happens when there are two efforts at the same time: http://voiceofsandiego.org/2013/07/30/dueling-recall-efforts-will-likely-force-a-race-to-the-altar/3 Gray Areas in the City's Recall Processhttp://voiceofsandiego.org/2013/07/26/3-gray-areas-in-the-citys-recall-process/Mayor Bob Filner's decision to seek treatment instead of resigning Friday leaves San Diegans with only one way to remove their city's most powerful politician: a recall election. At least one effort is already under way but whether it or any other ca...Dueling Recall Efforts Will Likely Force 'a Race to the Altar'http://voiceofsandiego.org/2013/07/30/dueling-recall-efforts-will-likely-force-a-race-to-the-altar/Dueling efforts to recall Mayor Bob Filner may become a race to gather signatures. The city attorney's office is reviewing whether two recall campaigns can go on at once but two election law attorneys told Voice of San Diego city rules don't appear t...

Dagny Salas
Dagny Salas memberadministrator

Hi David, we wrote about the gray areas in the city's recall rules: http://voiceofsandiego.org/2013/07/26/3-gray-areas-in-the-citys-recall-process/ and what we know about what happens when there are two efforts at the same time: http://voiceofsandiego.org/2013/07/30/dueling-recall-efforts-will-likely-force-a-race-to-the-altar/3 Gray Areas in the City's Recall Processhttp://voiceofsandiego.org/2013/07/26/3-gray-areas-in-the-citys-recall-process/Mayor Bob Filner's decision to seek treatment instead of resigning Friday leaves San Diegans with only one way to remove their city's most powerful politician: a recall election. At least one effort is already under way but whether it or any other ca...Dueling Recall Efforts Will Likely Force 'a Race to the Altar'http://voiceofsandiego.org/2013/07/30/dueling-recall-efforts-will-likely-force-a-race-to-the-altar/Dueling efforts to recall Mayor Bob Filner may become a race to gather signatures. The city attorney's office is reviewing whether two recall campaigns can go on at once but two election law attorneys told Voice of San Diego city rules don't appear t...