The inevitable fallout from our revelation last week that Shawn Nelson decided to opt-in to the county defined benefit pension plan has begun. In a press statement released this morning, 4th District Orange County Supervisor candidate Harry Sidhu slammed Supervisor Shawn Nelson for opting-in to the county employee retirement system.
Below is the release:
Harry Sidhu Signs Pledge To Refuse Any Pension Benefits As A County Supervisor
Criticizes Shawn Nelson as a Hypocritical RINO (Reformer In Name Only) for Taking Lucrative County Pension
(Anaheim, CA) – Today, Anaheim Businessman and Mayor Pro Tem Harry Sidhu announced that he would not accept any pension benefits as a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
â€œI am seeking the office of County Supervisor to serve my community, not for personal gain,â€ said Sidhu. â€œThatâ€™s why I have signed a written Pledge of Public Service (see attached) to the people of Orange County to refuse any pension benefits as a member of the Board of Supervisors.â€
â€œDuring the June Primary campaign, my opponent, Shawn Nelson, claimed to be a strong advocate for county pension reform. However, his promises of financial reform have since rung hollow.â€
â€œMr. Nelson performed his county pension flip-flop in record time,â€ continued Sidhu. â€œAfter only two months in office, he turned his back on North Orange County taxpayers – including his own supporters, by accepting a lucrative county government pension. Worse, Mr. Nelson has added insult to injury by taking the most lucrative â€œ2.7% at age 55â€ county pension option that enables him to receive a lifetime pension payment amounting to 37% of his Supervisorâ€™s salary – currently more than $150,000 per year, without him ever having to contribute a dime!â€
â€œVoters are fed up with RINOs (Reformers In Name Only) like Mr. Nelson who believe that ethical and financial standards are meant for others, not for themselves. His pension dishonesty demonstrates an appalling arrogance and contempt for the voters of North Orange County,â€ stated Sidhu.
â€œServing on the County Board of Supervisors for 8 years is not a career and should not be rewarded with a government pension. Unlike Mr. Nelson, I will stand firm in refusing any pension benefits as our North Orange County Supervisor,â€ concluded Sidhu.