SAN JOSE, Calif.—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 ( 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.


Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News,