Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio on Wednesday accused Rep. Scott Peters of accepting a city pension and “falsely claiming to the media that he could not decline his politician pension” while on the San Diego City Council.
“Even though Congressman Scott Peters is personally worth more than $100 million, records from the city pension system released today by the DeMaio campaign reveal that he opted to take his government pension early,” the DeMaio campaign said in a statement.
The statement said DeMaio, Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilwoman Lorie Zapf have used a “simple, legal process” to decline their city pensions.
A spokesperson for the Peters campaign said that there was no way to refuse the pension at the time, so Peters accepts it and then gives it back.
“He accepts it, pays taxes on it, and turns around and gives it back to fund city libraries,” said the spokesperson.
Peters served on the council from 2000 to 2008, while DeMaio was a member from 2008 to 2012. The city’s pension crisis began in 2004, and then-Mayor Dick Murphy resigned in 2005.
The 52nd District covers much of central San Diego County including Poway, Coronado and large portions of the City of San Diego.