San Diego Mayor Bob Filner may be busy battling an effort to recall him from office, but he’s already been kicked out of several San Diego establishments. Specifically, Filner has been banned from all four Hooters restaurants in San Diego.
Francis Barazza, executive director of the Republican Party of San Diego, was the first to call attention to Hooters’ shunning of the Democratic mayor. He tweeted a picture of a sign claiming Filner was not welcome at the establishments due to his treatment of women. More than a dozen women have come forward to accuse Filner of sexual harassment or worse.
“My local @hooters won't serve Bob #Filner. #stepintoawesome #respect #lunch,” Barazza tweeted on Tuesday.
“This establishment recognizes that we all have political differences and we serve people all walks of life,” the sign at one Hooters reads. “We also believe it is imperative for people to have standards. The Mayor of San Diego will not be served in this establishment. We believe women should be treated with respect.”
Identical signs were seen at three other San Diego Hooters locations. NBC San Diego reports that the signs were created and distributed by conservative pundit Glenn Beck, who urged all San Diego businesses to refuse service to Filner over his sexual harassment allegations.
While San Diego Hooters are taking a stand against Filner, a spokeswoman for Hootwinc LLC, which operates Hooters franchises across the West Coast, said the protest against Filner isn’t corporate policy.
“It’s localized to our four San Diego locations,” Melissa Fry, director of marketing for Hootwinc LLC, told NBC San Diego.
Also on Tuesday, Filner released a response to a contingent of San Diego politicians who wish to recall him from office. In his response, which was legally mandated, Filner cited his economic policies as a boon for San Diego. Two weeks ago, Filner entered a therapy program after the sexual harassment allegations and has not been seen in public since. He has admitted to inappropriate behavior with several women, but maintains that he is innocent of sexual harassment.