Dan Morain

Dan Morain

By Dan Morain, Senior editor
Published: Wednesday, Jul. 17, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 13A
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jul. 17, 2013 – 6:36 am

Tom McClintock used the occasion of a 2005 hearing into state pensions to denounce government workers’ rich retirement benefits, as was his wont back when he was in California’s Senate.

Rick Battson, then a legislative staffer, recalls asking the conservative the obvious question during a break. Wasn’t McClintock eligible for a legislative pension, given that he served in the Assembly in the 1980s, back when legislators could accrue pensions?

“He was blunt, nonchalant. He said, no, he wasn’t taking it,” Battson, since retired, told me the other day. At least, Battson thought, McClintock was being consistent, an admirable trait.

McClintock repeated the same claim during his first successful congressional campaign in 2008, telling reporters for The Bee and Los Angeles Times that he had sworn off a California state pension due him from his early tenure in the Legislature.

“I’m concluding 22 years in the state Legislature now. I have no pension. I turned that down when I began in 1982,” McClintock told the L.A. Times in May 2008.

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