This editorial in today’s OC Register looks like a clear case of buyer’s remorse when if comes to backing a candidate for office — in this case, the candidacy of Shawn Nelson who won the June election to finish Chris Norbys term as 4th District Supervisor.
While the Register didn’t credit this blog for breaking the story on Nelson’s decision to sign up for a county pension under the most generous plan available, nice that they are following our lead here.
From the piece:Â “When put to the test in his first days in office, Mr. Nelson compromised his purported principles for self-interest when he elected, as a new hire, to take the most lucrative pension program the county offers rather than the other option, which includes a voluntary 401(k)-style program. His decision is a missed political opportunity to show taxpayers in the county that he is serious about pension reform. He could have made a symbolic statement by rejecting the platinum plan, which puts taxpayers on the hook. He did the opposite.
Of course, it is only human nature to be self-interested. The benefit is available so why not take it? Why take a sterling benefit when they could have platinum? That is exactly the argument we made in editorializing about the two-tiered pension “reform” negotiated by the supervisors; it makes no sense to voluntarily forgo free money, better benefits and earlier retirement.
Mr. Nelson’s choice brings other issues to a boil. Should elected officials get pensions at all? Should supervisors be full time? How are we to trust supervisors to reform the pension system when they are personally invested in it?”
Now I checked the FFFF site today and looks like they had some posts defending Nelson saying he never campaigned on what he’d do personally about his own pension.Â We are happy to see the FFFFers defend a county employee’s pension benefits.Â Thanks for seeing things our way guys!