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May 29, 2013

John Stites came out swinging today, claiming that questions raised about his residency are a smokescreen to remove him from California’s compensation commission – either as a political vendetta or to bolster hopes of hiking elected officials’ salaries next month.

“I’m a voice for reason – they don’t like that,” said Stites, who was appointed to the commission in 2008 by Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and has been a solid supporter of cutting officials’ salaries during the budget crisis.

When asked who is leading the drive to oust him, Stites said only that the matter is being driven by Democratic political “handlers” of Commission Chairman Tom Dalzell – the “people who tell Dalzell what to do.”

Stites concedes that he purchased a house in 2009 in Henderson, Nevada, and now uses it as his primary residence. But he maintains a house in Los Angeles County and spends weeks at a time there, he said.

The seven-member compensation commission, initially scheduled to meet Tuesday, now plans to meet June 19 at Sacramento City Hall to discuss raising or lowering salaries for state lawmakers and constitutional officers.

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