Bob Filner’s Dad, Civil Rights and the FBI
By LIAM DILLON
Voice of San Diego
July 31, 2012
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"Rep. Bob Filner was a Freedom Rider in the Civil Rights Movement -- there's even a 1961 mugshot of him from Jackson, Miss. -- and his work as an activist more than a half-century ago remains a big part of his public persona.
"What gave him the motivation to risk it all in the South? The mayoral candidate says his father, a leftist who fought discrimination after seeing the horrors of the Holocaust, was a major influence. "All of a sudden this completely introverted nerd had something to talk about," Filner tells us. "It changed my life personally. I did something that was really worthy. Even my father and mother realized. They were very hard to please."
"An FBI file reveals an unusual incident regarding the elder Filner's attempt to get his son a job in a congressional office. Rep. Filner says he never knew about it: '...why would the FBI care whether I'm getting a job or not? I'm 26. Why are they worrying about following what I'm going do? Jeez. You'd think they have more important things to do.'"
from Morning Report by Randy Dotinga