Editorial: Governor should shoot straight on salary-gate

The editorial board of Raleigh’s News & Observer takes Governor Pat McCrory to task in Friday’s paper following this week’s revelation that the jobs of two highly paid former campaign staffers were never posted. Earlier this month, the governor defended the $85,000 and $87,000 salaries of the two 24-year-olds, noting they beat out a lot of older people who applied for the jobs at DHHS.

The News & Observer also includes an interactive graphic with its editorial as it explains how the governor got it wrong on this one:

‘We may dub the governor “Gov. McFrankly” because he used “frankly” a couple of times there while he was in the process of getting his facts wrong.

DHHS, according to a report from the Associated Press, can produce no evidence that the jobs were advertised and that there was any competition from “older people” or anyone else.

An AP review of state government job descriptions made it clear that the duties that McKillip and Diaz are expected to perform are rewarded at a far lower standard of pay elsewhere in state government. Wrong again, Gov. McFrankly.

But that doesn’t really matter, because the jobs these former campaign workers have are among those positions exempted from the standard rules of hiring and compensation, something that McCrory apparently has used to his full advantage in setting the figures for the taxpayer-funded salaries McKillip and Diaz now are receiving.

It’s not at all unusual for campaign workers to be rewarded with government jobs when their man or woman wins. But McCrory, or his advisers, have apparently taken the reward to a whole new level. And that’s even as they have preached austerity elsewhere in state government.

The least the governor could do is shoot straight about it rather than try to explain it away while getting his facts wrong and, frankly, insulting the intelligence of the public.’

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Click the above image to view the News & Observer’s interactive graphic featuring salaries of a few of Gov. McCrory’s hires. ( http://ow.ly/opDg7)

You can read the full editorial here.

5 Comments

  1. Alan

    August 30, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I guess this must the the state controlled media at work then? So, since the GOP is in charge of the state, does that make the N&O a GOP state controlled media outlet?

    I wonder what LayDowntheCrackPipe has to say about this?

  2. Frances Jenkins

    August 30, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    This is just more bad information from Bluepoint. They would not know the truth if it hit them in the but.

  3. Alan

    August 31, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Frances,

    “Bad information from Bluepoint”, it’s a N&O article, so what point are you trying to make?

  4. Frances Jenkins

    September 2, 2013 at 7:09 am

    The speeches from the lips of Larry Hall are directly from Bluepoint. just as the information at N/O is directly from Bluepoint. I need to add WRAL is the list as well.

  5. Alan

    September 2, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Ah, I see, part of the GOP enemy list…. must be the state controlled media hard at work? I think Russia has the same distain of journalists as the GOP has.