Disgraced former mayor Bob Filner’s mug gets Joker makeup treatment on the cover of a forthcoming book about the sexual harassment buffoonery that got him booted from office. Filner’s former chief of staff, Lee Burdick, self-published Bob Filner’s Monster: The Unraveling of an American Mayor and What We Can Learn From It, “to take back control of my own story,” she says. The diary-like tome gets to Amazon.com on Feb. 8. CityBeat got an advanced copy. Burdick does a deep dive into the animosity between City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and Filner. Burdick alleges former police chief Bill Lansdowne told her Goldsmith bugged certain 11th floor offices at City Hall. (Goldsmith’s office deferred comment; Lansdowne couldn’t be reached for comment.) Burdick—who writes that she was never engulfed in the dreaded Filner Headlock—offers half-hearted salutes to the female victims who came forward. The book hits right as a meaty lawsuit by Filner’s former personal secretary, Benelia Santos-Hunter, heads toward a trial date.

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