Look who Filner considers to be "his constituents":
WASHINGTON – Rep. Bob Filner's alleged altercation with an airline employee in Virginia on Sunday, which led to an assault-and-battery charge against the San Diego Democrat, wasn't his first such run-in, according to a 2003 Justice Department incident report.
The report alleges that Filner went to an immigration detention facility in El Centro at 6 p.m. on Feb. 22, 2003, and demanded to see a detainee. After officers told him he could not enter the facility, he slipped past them into a secure area and refused to leave when ordered to do so. He then tried unsuccessfully to push his way past detention officers to get farther inside the facility, according to the report.
Filner became argumentative and the detention officers called El Centro police. The police came to the facility, but no charges were filed, according to the report.
The author of the two-page report, supervisor Juan J. Ramirez, wrote that he had been summoned by other officers to the facility's foyer because Filner was there with the wife of a detainee and two reporters. The group wanted to see the detainee. Ramirez told Filner he would have to wait while they obtained permission for him to visit the detainee, adding that they were seeking it in an “expedited” manner.
“Congressman Filner did not accept my response and told me he had the right to see anybody he pleased,” Ramirez wrote. “He asked me when was the last time I read the Constitution and then told me if I did not let him see his constituent, he would have me arrested.”
Get that? Illegal aliens sitting in detention facilities are Filner's constituents. Of course that kind of makes sense considering his district:
The report went on to say that later Filner asked a detention officer, “Are you going to stop me, big man?” and to another, he asked, “Are you going to shoot me, are you going to arrest me?”
A short time later, Ramirez wrote, “I saw Congressman Filner force his way into control area.” Ramirez and seven other officers tried to persuade Filner to return to the foyer.
“I am a congressman and can do whatever I want,” Ramirez quoted Filner as saying.
Hmm. Remember, there were two reporters who accompanied Filner on this excursion to the detention facility. Why didn't this make the papers earlier?
Oh yeah. That's right. Filner is a Democrat...so this really wasn't a story.
Update: Newsbusters is covering this...
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