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Reports: Filner will resign as part of deal

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (D) will resign this week as part of a settlement reached with city officials, according to local reports.

Filner has been under fire for allegedly sexually harassing more than a dozen women, along with allegations of corruption. But he has resisted a series of calls for his resignation.

(Above is video of Filner getting into an SUV with what appeared to be packing boxes in the backseat. It was shot by an aide to a city councilman.) 

The news comes as the Democratic National Committee prepares to vote on a resolution that would formally call for his resignation.

His resignation would pave the way for a special election to replace him. Filner was elected in November 2012.

From the local NBC affiliate:

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has agreed to resign as part of a deal reached this week with city officials, NBC 7 News has learned.

Filner, spotted leaving City Hall with packing boxes Wednesday night, will formally vacate the office following a closed session of City Council Friday, according to several sources.

City officials announced just before 7 p.m. Wednesday a proposed solution had been reached in the scandal that has consumed the city of San Diego since it first broke July 10.

In the last six weeks, more than a dozen women have come forward with tales of alleged sexual harassment and unwanted sexual advances.

Filner has admitted to disrespecting and at times intimidating women, saying that he needed help. He announced he would enter a treatment program for an undisclosed disorder or illness.

Under investigation for alleged “pay to play” schemes with developers, Filner disappeared from public view for three weeks and surfaced Monday in time for a mediation session with city officials.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.



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