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Political watchers say the silence of insiders enabled Filner

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego’s trade mission to Mexico City this April was billed as a chance to forge stronger cross-border ties, but people on the trip say it was also a chance for Mayor Bob Filner to troll for women.

And troll he did, according to Sharon Cloward.

“Several women told me and others that he had touched them inappropriately and talked to them inappropriately,” she said.

Cloward was on the trip. She’s one of several women to publicly accuse Filner of unwanted sexual advances. Her alleged encounters took place before the Mexico trip. That’s why she said she asked for a room at the Intercontinental Presidente Hotel in Mexico City that was not on the same floor as Filner’s.

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