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Veteran State Government Radio journalist and commentator Barlow Herget is getting tired of writing about Gov. Pat McCrory’s gaffes, but as he notes in this morning’s column — see below – the foul ups just keep on coming.

Bad fix

It’s not funny anymore.

Governor Pat McCrory has entertained the North Carolina public this summer with a series of mistakes that invited humor and jokes as well as ridicule.  The blunders were funny because they were glaring acts of hypocrisy or obliviousness.

He stepped in a bucket passing out cookies to female pro-choice protesters.

This, right after he signed a much more restrictive anti-abortion law, breaking a campaign promise not to do so.

He said there was no money in the budget for a pay raise for teachers and state employees and then the news broke on his big pay increases for some young, inexperienced political appointees in the Department of Health and Human Services.

The latest scandal involves two more big salaries.  Read More

The fallout over revelations that two 24-year-old McCrory campaign staffers landed $85,000 and $87,500 gigs at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is continuing.

The Associated Press’ Michael Biesecker reported today that openings for the jobs now held by Matthew McKillip and Ricky Diaz were never posted despite McCrory’s statements that the two young staffers were selected over older job candidates.

From the AP story:

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 or that other applicants were considered.

In response to a public records request from The Associated Press, the state agency indicated there were no job postings or written skill requirements for the high-paying positions awarded to the young Republicans. Read More