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San Diego mayor to get therapy amid scandal

San Diego mayor to get therapy amid scandal

CREATED Jul 27, 2013

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Declaring he "must become a better person," San Diego Mayor Bob Filner says he will undergo two weeks of counseling after a series of women claimed he made unwanted sexual advances.

The announcement did little to stifle widespread calls for the former congressman to resign and further plunged the nation's eighth-largest city into political turmoil.

Filner said he will receive twice-a-day briefings about city operations while participating full-time in what he described as "intensive therapy" beginning Aug. 5. He said he would return on Aug. 19.

Several people who have called on Filner to resign said his plan for therapy was inadequate and reiterated calls for the Democrat to step down.

Filner disclosed his plans hours after the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee called on him to resign, as did leaders of the San Diego Democratic party.