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From the Reporter
Bob Filner the Fighter
Filner is steeped in the civil rights movement, helping to integrate southern society as a Freedom Rider in 1961. He adopted Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy for change to make people think and make them uncomfortable — all without resorting to violence.
He Rubs Even Many Democrats the Wrong Way
They argue he’s fighting for himself more than the causes he believes in. They tell stories of political vindictiveness and selfishness.
How He Says He’ll Change
Filner says his tactics will be different if elected mayor. “I have a reputation, but I think people are going to find that the reality when I’m governing they’ll see a whole approach that will bring people together,” he said.

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