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More news on salary-gate

The remarkably tin-eared decision of the McCrory administration to bestow giant pay raises on the already-inflated salaries of a couple of recent college grads (a story first reported here by NC Policy Watch reporter Sarah Ovaska on Wednesday) has spurred  more media digging.

Michael Biesecker of Associated Press is reporting this morning that HHS staffers Ricky Diaz and Matthew McKillip aren’t the only junior staffers to enjoy salaries that exceed those of some state-employed scientists, lawyers, college professors and, of course, public school teachers.  According to Biesecker:

“Crystal Feldman, a 27-year-old former congressional staffer and ex-spokeswoman for the California GOP, is paid $78,000 a year as the director of public affairs at the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

Ryan Minto, 28, who previously worked for Republicans U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry, is paid $72,000 annually as the legislative liaison for the N.C. Department of Revenue.Heather Lee Dickson, 29, makes $70,000 a year as the executive assistant to first lady Ann McCrory. She worked as a fundraiser for McCrory’s 2008 gubernatorial campaign before moving to the finance staff of the N.C. Republican Party.

Ryan Tronovitch, a 28-year-old deputy press secretary in McCrory’s office, makes $65,000 a year. He previously worked as a regional press secretary for the Republican National Committee.

Meredith McCullen, 26, who worked as McCrory’s scheduler during his gubernatorial campaign, makes $52,000 a year as an administrative assistant to the governor.”

7 Comments


  1. Skeptic

    August 16, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I say lots of overheated stuff on this site, but this is serious: McCrory is the worst governor even. Even worse than dumplin’.

  2. LayintheSmakDown

    August 16, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I know it will not happen…likely because the democrat party will not be in power for a loooooonnnnng time….but I look forward to Rob and Sarah shining the light of “journalism” equally bright on all future progressive regimes. It will be quite interesting to see if you guys are against cronyism….or just cronyism when you are not in power.

  3. Alan

    August 16, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    ‘LayintheSmakDown’ is apparantly against anything that stands in the way of Fart Pope & Pat ‘Grand Wizard’ McCrory.

    PS. It’s the Democratic Party, not democrat.

  4. ML

    August 16, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Just because republicans are happy to look the other way when their establishment blatantly engages in such corruption and cronyism doesn’t mean democrats will do the same. For ideologues, they believe all people are motivated and think similarly to them and as a result everything becomes a zero sum game leaving only winners and loser depending on what side you are on.

  5. The Gambler

    August 17, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    The reason the Republican big shots are paying off their young cronies is to keep them from talking other than to say “Yes sir” and “Yes Ma’m.” The young have no experience to base a different position on so they just go along with the boss.

  6. aprilglaspie

    August 17, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Just wait for that first hurricane. Leeiul Miss Crystal is going to wish she never took the job or the raise. And Layinthe smak: Members of the Democratic Party don’t make an absolute fetish and litmus test of anti-government sentiment and hatred of all government spending the way the GOPer Teabanger wing does you nit. As usual with GOPers, it’s at least halway about the hypcrisy, 24/7.

  7. Alex

    August 19, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Alan may want to take a look at his “spellcheck” option !

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