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Conservative advocate slams HHS salaries: “Cannot imagine a justification”

Lest you think the drumbeat of criticism about the absurd salaries being paid by HHS Secretary Aldona Wos to two young graduates of the McCrory campaign is a partisan or ideological matter, check out this recent exchange between John Hood of the Locke Foundation and conservative Raleigh radio host Bill LuMaye that took place on Monday afternoon.

After being asked his views on “salary-gate,” Hood said that both Matthew McKillip and Ricky Diaz were “very promising” “young men” whom he would consider hiring at the Locke Foundation if given the opportunity, but that he would never consider hiring them at anywhere near the salaries being paid to them by Wos:

“I would not hire them at salaries in the 80,000 range. It would be, you know, less than half that amount. And I just cannot imagine a justification for this decision — not just on the merits but also the political optics.”

He then went on to question the administration’s ongoing attempts to defend the salaries: 

“I just don’t think that the decision is justifiable. I think that the more they continue to attempt to justify it, the worse it’s gonna’ be for them.”

You can listen to the entire interview (including several predictable comments that will make your head want to explode) by clicking here.   

 

4 Comments

  1. LayintheSmakDown

    August 22, 2013 at 11:17 am

    This practice needs to stop. I hope you guys realize this if a progresso/liberal ever gets back in the governor’s office. I assume at that time though there will be no investigations into matters like this on the watch. It will be fun to point out the hypocricy when Civitas, CJ and Locke Foundations have had several articles exposing this same fact….even though it is a Republican administration doing the deed.

  2. gregflynn

    August 22, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    LayintheSmakDoug, NC Policy Watch has been calling out the powers-that-be since before Republicans too over. Your gratuitous remarks that try to frame issues as (R) or (D) are insulting to both writers and readers.

  3. gregflynn

    August 22, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    … since before Republicans *took* over

  4. wncgirl

    August 23, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Tillis started the trend with his adulterous trio… remember the infamous “hotpants” Hobbs? Her only qualification besides a BA from a third tier college was …….and they all got huges raises over their Dem predecessors….