Thursday, August 29, 2013

They were qualified in one way: sufficient ideological purity to qualify for cronyism-based raises.



RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Pat McCrory says a pair of 24-year-old campaign staffers landed senior-level jobs in his administration because they were the most qualified applicants, beating out older candidates. 
But the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, where Matthew McKillip and Ricky Diaz got big promotions and raises after only a few weeks of government service, has been unable to provide any evidence their positions were ever advertised to other potential applicants or that other candidates were considered.
Bad enough. But for McCrory to come out and lie about there being other candidates considered and these two being the "most qualified," makes this more than just a brush-fire scandal, it's turning into the kind of scandal where we should really be talking about recall or impeachment. He's either lying glibly without being aware of the facts, or he's lying deliberately and thoughtfully knowing full well what a scumbag move that is. Either way, he shouldn't be Governor.
The taxpayer-supported salaries for McKillip and Diaz are about three times the starting salary for North Carolina public school teachers, who received no raises in the $20.6 billion state budget signed by McCrory. The budget also eliminated a program that rewards teachers for earning master's degrees. 
Earlier this month, AP reported the names of five other young Republican staffers who got state government jobs with current annual salaries ranging from $52,000 to $78,000.
Your tax dollars hard at work rewarding Young Republican Knob Shiners. I hope all you Republican voters are happy with the governance you've inflicted on the rest of us. I'm sure you must be thrilled the taxes you pay are being used to line the pockets of McCrory's lap dogs.

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