Bettencourt invokes God in phony “voter contract” outrage

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PAUL BETTENCOURT is “fighting for the public” against those draconian water-rate increases that the Parker Administration has imposed.

And we are somewhat sympathetic to his argument substantively.

That’s why it’s such a shame that this quote from Bettencourt was included in Brad Olson’s story for the Chronicle:

“If you’re going to make a contract with the public and get them to vote on it and get them to pass the vote, then by God you better honor that contract,” Bettencourt said of Proposition 1, a charter amendment passed in 2004 with the backing of then-Mayor Bill White and City Council. “I saw the campaign. I know what the public approved, and I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that the public vote is followed … This is outrageous behavior by government.”

By that reasoning, then “By God” our friend Mr. Bettencourt should have honored the pact he made with the voters who elected him to serve out a full term back in 2008.

But he didn’t. So any “By God” proclamations Mr. Bettencourt may issue in the future probably should not reference contracts with voters.

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