“The behavior I’ve engaged in over many years is wrong,” Filner said at the press conference, but said that he will not step down. Instead, he said that he will take a short leave of absence in August to attend a two-week counseling program.
“This intensive counseling will just be a first step in a continuing program that will involve ongoing counseling,” he said. “I must become a better person. And the hope is that, by becoming a better person, I put myself in a position to be forgiven.”
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