The following is a letter written by Mayor Wallace Edgerton...
Some people may have read that Councilwoman Darcy Kuenzi has officially requested to review several months of my e-mails. In my 20 years in politics I have never known of an elected official who wanted to sift through the mail of another elected official.
Ms. Kuenzi informed the press that she was doing it to protect the taxpayer. What her act of rummaging through my private mail has to do with the taxpayer is beyond me. Indeed it is quite ironic because Ms. Kuenzi; by forcing the city attorney to review hundreds of e-mails; will also force the Menifee taxpayer to pay for added hourly legal fees.
Ms. Kuenzi also knows I have been retired for years; so she will find no evidence of my doing business for profit with city equipment because I have no business.
Also, Ms. Kuenzi is aware that I accept no campaign donations from anybody and most especially with people who do business with our city -- indeed I have criticized her for doing that very thing. She knows the public record shows me collecting zero dollars.
So what are possibly Ms. Kuenzi's real motives for such a breech of protocol? I refused to sign Darcy Kuenzi's printed material objecting to her recall and she became very angry; perhaps out of spite she wished to upset me -- If true; then touché -- she has upset me. She stated to the press that she could not understand why I was upset -- Please Ms. Kuenzi --- if one of your fellow county workers rummaged through your personal things at your private desk under the pretense of looking for some wrong doing -- how would you feel?
Secondly, perhaps Ms. Kuenzi believes I am involved with her recall. Darcy, I in no way initiated your recall, have contributed no money and have signed no petitions. Let me emphasize further that I do not approve of the recall process unless some significant law has been broken and I am not aware of you having broken any significant law. Nevertheless, I must admit that from what I have read, those supporting the recall petition do have legitimate grievances -- one complaint is that you are a disruptive force on this council and this latest e-mail stunt of yours is just one of many examples.
I want to work with you Councilwoman Kuenzi for the benefit of Menifee, but please do not try and involve me with your recall or any of your other legendary political fights.
Wally EdgertonMayor, City of Menifee