Men Behind Dueling Filner Recall Petitions Join Forces

AP

Two men who were shopping around dueling recall petitions for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner announced Friday that they’re uniting to oust the embattled mayor after he refused to resign his office following several sexual harassment allegations.

Stampp Corbin, the publisher of San Diego’s LGBT Weekly, and land use consultant Michael Pallamary plan to unite their efforts behind Pallamary’s petition, according to San Diego TV station KSWB. Pallamary’s statement lists over half a dozen grievances against the mayor, including that he “sexually harassed female employees and consituents” and “created a divisive and abusive environment at City Hall.”

The City Attorney’s office clarified Thursday in a memo that the two petitions could collect signatures separately although only one could be certified for the ballot, according to KSWB. A majority vote would remove Filner from office in a recall election.

The mayor is due to enter a behavioral counseling clinic for two weeks starting Monday.

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