The Winston-Salem Journal pulls no punches in this editorial this morning that criticizes legislative plans to dramatically expand Governor McCrory’s ability to use Chicago-style patronage hiring:
A governor, when taking office, deserves the right to put his or her own people in jobs when those jobs are assigned policy-making duties. To deny the governor that power would deny the governor the ability to govern.
But only a small number of state workers make policy. Most state workers don’t; for sure, there aren’t 1,500 state employees who make policy decisions. With the exception of a few hundred policymakers, state employees carry out the policies designed by their superiors. So McCrory only needs 1,500 political patronage jobs if he’s planning to fill state employee ranks with his political cronies.
What makes all this the more offensive and ironic, of course, is that McCrory ran for Governor for five-plus years complaining about the corruption of Democratic administrations and the penchant of some within them to use government positions as a way of rewarding political supporters. Now, as with so many other areas in which GOP candidates rightfully criticized Democrats for poor governance, the new bosses are employing the same corrupt practices they once attacked (e.g. political gerrymandering) and, indeed, taking them to the next level.
You can read the entire editorial by clicking here.