Election Night 2010 at Golden Hall from Southwestern Sun on Vimeo.
Violence erupted at San Diego’s Golden Hall election. Bob Filner was attacked by Republican Challenger Nick Popaditch and his supporters.
Filner, a Southwestern College reporter and Filner supporters were set upon by a mob of about 100, led by Popaditch.
Filner and student journalist Monika Tuncibilek were trapped with their backs to a pillar, surrounded by Popaditch supporters.
At least one member of his entourage was punched in the face. Filner was shoved and spat at as he grabbed the arm Tuncibilek to keep her from being assaulted or injured.
Popaditch led an angry mob that called Filner a “communist” and chanted “papa-ditch” then later changed the chant to “Bob’s-a-bitch.”
Popaditch supporters followed Popaditch as he rushed at Filner and his staff as soon as he entered Golden Hall. Filner supporters were overwhelmed by people holding Popaditch signs.
Filner was surrounded with his back against a wall as he attempted to make his way to one of the news stations for an interview. Popaditch darted across the hall to get in front of Filner and confronted him.
A Popaditch supporter said the incident was only “one candidate trying to give another a handshake” and that “one ran, one followed.” Filner supporters called the Popaditch camp “childish.”
At one point a Popaditch supporter punched a member of Filner’s camp while Popaditch was seen smiling about 10 feet away. Police eventually established control over the crowd. There were no arrests.
Filner won re-election to the 51st Congressional District with 60 percent of the vote.
October 21 Bob Filner and Nick Popaditch squared off to debate issues concerning the 51st Congressional District.
View the debate through this these links: