Dear Supervisor Horsely:
When you ran for supervisor in 2010, you promised your constituents that if they voted for you, you would not take a supervisor's salary, since you already were collecting a sizable pension from San Mateo County.
Now you have reversed that position on two grounds:
- Your original pledge did not say "forever." However, it did clearly imply that no salary would be taken while you were a supervisor. The only way you can remain consistent with this pledge would be to keep your promise not to take a salary for your current term, and when and if you run for re-election, tell the voters you no longer plan to work without salary for your next term.
- Your financial circumstances have changed, since your mother-in-law requires assisted living/medical expenses. I'm sure many of your constituents are sympathetic to this problem, but as you well know, a huge number of them have financial problems well beyond your own.
Although you can take back your promise, your voters cannot take back their votes. Therein lies the problem. I would invite you to reconsider and withdraw your decision on reneging on this promise within the next 30 days. Barring this reconsideration and reversal, I will start a recall petition so voters can take action based on your broken promise to them.
Michael G. Stogner, San Mateo County resident