Public Defender Jeff Adachi sent a letter to Mayor Ed Lee on Thursday challenging him to a debate over his Proposition D pension measure, which is dueling with Proposition C, the pension measure Lee crafted with labor leaders and has the backing of numerous politicians.
“I request you to join me in a public debate regarding the relative merits of our two pension proposals this month,” Adachi said in the letter. “As the two principals behind the competing ballot measures, I hope that we can work together to increase awareness of this important issue and work towards a better future for our city.”
Adachi attacks Lee’s measure in the invite: “I believe that your solution – Proposition C – repeats many of the mistakes that precipitated our pension crisis in the first place, and falls well short of what is necessary to restore our city’s fiscal health.”
It doesn’t sound like Lee is going to accept the debate challenge.
Lee’s campaign spokesman Tony Winnicker said that Lee is talking about the pension issue all the time, in mayor debate forums and on the campaign trail.
“Mayor Lee already debates his San Francisco approach to pension reform versus Adachi’s divisive Wisconsin way everywhere he goes and will continue to,” Winnicker said. “It’s already a topic at every forum and will continue to be, but voters deserve to hear from all the candidates on pension reform, not just two of them. Why is Adachi afraid to continue debating all 16 candidates on the right approach to pension reform? This is nothing more than a cheap sideshow stunt to attract momentary attention to his floundering mayoral campaign.”