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VC woman speaker at Filner recall rally



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Delores Chavez of Valley Center, president of the Valley Center Republican Women Federated, was one of the speakers at Sunday's rally put on in downtown San Diego by supporters of recalling Mayor Bob Filner.
August 21, 2013
Sunday afternoon Delores Chavez, president of the local Republican Women Federated chapter, was one of several speakers at a rally kicking off the effort to recall San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

The Freedom from Filner rally was attended by more than 300 supporters in front of City Hall. Many of whom wore blue T-shirts saying "Please Resign Mayor Filner,''

Chavez spoke of the courage of the 16 women who have so far come forward to accuse Filner of inappropriate sexual advances.

Chavez said, "There are many things to admire about the women who have come forward these past few weeks. But what we admire most is their courage.

"These women are leaders. You can't lead from a crowd. And they certainly have not. However, it would be a mistake to assume that they didn't have moments of doubt, nor fear the wrath they would face by standing up against Bob Filner and his primary backers, the powerful unions.

"Their conviction to stand by their principles overrode their fear of the consequences. When many might have cowered, they stepped forward. When many may have watered down their stance, they held firm. And when many might have succumbed to pressure to take an easier path, less fraught with conflict and confrontation, they kept walking straight along the only path they saw that would create the changes needed from the perversion Bob Filner has brought to the San Diego mayor's office. Would this behavior be tolerated in the private sector?"

Chavez concluded with a rousing call to action:

"So I ask you … Will you stand for intimidation through power? Will you stand for verbal harassment? Will you stand for physical harassment and head locks? Will you stand for sexual harassment? Will you stand for these women and march to remove Bob Filner from office? Then let's march!"

Interviewed on Monday, Chavez told The Roadrunner, "When I was first contacted to speak at the rally yesterday I really didn't think it was something I should be doing. I don't live in the city, and I just think there are other means to get your message other than rah-rah'ing in public. But after the second phone call, when my friend told me she had also been one of Filner's victims I agreed. She is one of the kindest, nicest people I know and never asks for anything for herself."

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