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July 30th, 2013
06:47 PM ET

Democratic strategist: Female representatives say Filner had a 'creepy' reputation

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is not only not stepping down, he is doubling down.

Filner is asking the city to pick up the tab for his growing legal fees after seven women came forward accusing him of sexual harassment. The city is filing a cross complaint, asking that he pay them for their legal fees.

"I had dinner this weekend with female members and former members who said this guy has been this way all along, that everybody thought he was a little creepy," said Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen.

The female lawmakers had not heard of official sexual harassment by Filner, but he was "just a guy they never trusted," said Rosen.

"The least he could do is if he maybe wins the case, then the government will pick up the tab, but when you're credibly accused of that kind of accusations, it seems like you have a responsibility to pay for your legal fees," said CNN contributor and Washington correspondent for The New Yorker Ryan Lizza.

Filner is the first Democratic mayor in San Diego in 20 years.

"This guy is a disgrace, he ought to go away," said former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina.

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