By Tom Hunter
About 50 Mayor Bob Filner supporters and assorted press gathered at the Community Concourse plaza Thursday afternoon to demand Mayor Filner be given due process in response to charges of sexual misconduct.
Press conference organizer and longtime progressive advocate Enrique Morones opened with a comparison between Mayor Filner’s record on human rights and that of Nelson Mandela. One theme stressed by every speaker was that everyone including Mayor Filner deserves to face his accusers and receive due process.
Frank Lechner spoke on behalf of LGBT activist and columnist Nicole Ramirez, who is currently a patient at the UCSD Medical Center.
“Bob Filner treats immigrants like the human beings they are.” Congressman Bob Filner obtained recognition for the Filipino members of the US Military and especially veterans of WWII.
Kathleen Harmon spoke saying that Bob Filner deserves due process and went to say should he be found guilty, she’d be right back out in solidarity with the women.
Joel Tonwon, activist from the Filipino/American community, condemned sexual harassment of all kinds, but stated that he would suspend judgment until due process was completed.
Olivia Reynolds said she spoke for due process and not about the Mayor’s past. She said due process was critical and that the public should keep a close watch on this process.
Enrique Morones closed out the press conference saying, “Anyone can make accusations, but the accusers should file police reports and stand up in court”