Rep. Bob Filner, D-Calif., resigned on Monday, an hour after he was sworn in as the new mayor of San Diego. Filner's resignation was confirmed by his Capitol Hill office and the House parliamentarian.
Filner narrowly defeated Republican city Councilman Carl DeMaio in the November general election, 52 percent to 48 percent. He was sworn in shortly after 1 p.m. Eastern time, according to U-T San Diego, which also reported that Filner is only the second Democrat in 40 years to hold the office.
His resignation was recorded by the House roughly an hour later. National Journal phoned his office shortly after 2 p.m.: A staffer answered the phone by identifying the office "the 51st Congressional District of California," before confirming Filner's resignation.
Rep.-elect Juan Vargas, a Democrat, will take over representing Filner's safe district in January when the new Congress takes office, but the seat will remain empty for the remainder of the lame duck session. That only changes things in the technical sense, though: Filner has missed all 10 votes of the lame duck so far, and he cast his last vote in the House on Sept. 14, a full week before the chamber actually adjourned for the election.
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