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Calif. supervisor fires back over credit card use

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- A Santa Clara County supervisor under fire for his use of a county-issued credit card is firing back.

George Shirakawa told fellow supervisors at a board meeting on Tuesday not to be distracted by what he characterized as a “political lynching.”

The 50-year-old Shirakawa _ the board's president _ has been criticized for charging taxpayers more than $36,000 over the past four years. The charges include more than 180 meals, often at high-end restaurants, a high-definition television and trips to luxury resorts and casinos.

The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bit.ly/QX32Ue) that Shirakawa's remarks preceded a discussion about policies surrounding use of so-called “Procurement Cards,” the credit cards issued to hundreds of county employees and a handful of elected officials.

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Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, http://www.mercurynews.com

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