Doug Rainear has a friend running to his defense in the DJ today:
During my travels recently, the many conversations being discussed were about a longtime friend of mine — Doug Rainear (Cumberland County surrogate).
He made an unpopular decision in a pledge he made to his constituents. He is not the first as an elected official to break a promise, and I am sure he won’t be the last. Is it the right thing to do? No, but it happens.
The topic of constitutional officers’ salaries has been an issue for years and our legislators must address it immediately. This issue cannot continue to be a political football during campaigns by political parties and candidates. This issue only continues to smear the good names of good people who chose public service.
Being a public servant is not an easy job. You have to make many sacrifices in serving. Not everyone is willing to do this.
It is unfortunate that in a matter of days many of us forgot all the good that Doug Rainear has done for us. Doug is a good person with a great family, and his concern with this issue was just that — his family, and I can believe it.
He will always be a good friend of mine, and I will always remember the good things he has done for my township, county and my family.
Happy holidays, Doug, to you and your entire family. May the new year bring you the best of health and happiness.
What is interesting is that the writer never once mentions or enumerates any of the supposed “good things” that Doug has allegedly done. I know the bad things he has done, including writing a letter to the editor slandering my name to further his political race, a letter that had nothing to do with politics.
I know he is a double-dipper, and at one time had THREE different health plans courtesy of the public, one of which he exchanged for cash payments.
I know he made only ONE promise to get elected, and that was to take a reduced salary. I know he broke that promise, and apologized and decided to honor it only AFTER I had made his betrayal public before any local news outlet reported.
I know that he does not work a 40-hour work week, unless his predecessor. I expect a public employee to be in the office Monday through Friday, from 8-4. That is what they get paid to do. If Doug doesn’t want a 40-hour a week job, I know plenty of people that do.
I understand there are other broken promises – perhaps our faithful readers will fill us in…