It pays to be a political hack

About those political hacks who got huge promotions and pay raises for jobs they are on their face entirely unqualified for, the AP has done a little digging.

RALEIGH, N.C. — 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 to other potential applicants or that other candidates 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…

McCrory insists McKillip and Diaz got their positions on merit, not politics.

“They got promotions,” McCrory, a Republican, said in an Aug. 15 interview with WNCN-TV in Raleigh. “They were actually moved over to areas that frankly a lot of older people applied for, too. But frankly, these two young people are very well qualified and they are being paid for jobs at which that’s the pay rate for that job.”

A review of job descriptions for similar government positions posted online by the Office of State Personnel show McKillip and Diaz don’t meet the academic or experience requirements to qualify for even entry-level positions in the areas they now oversee. Their pay also exceeds the listed maximums for the most senior listed positions.

And, in a bit of a throwaway at the end, that just shows how stupid it is to insult the people who cover you every day…

In January, McCrory hired Blannie Cheng Garrett, now 28, as a deputy secretary of commerce and as his adviser on jobs and the economy at a salary of $110,000 a year.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Garrett has a bachelor’s degree in international politics. After earning her law degree in 2010, she worked two years at a Raleigh firm where she focused on corporate taxes and private equity transactions.

She does not list a degree in economics.

Honestly, I get that politicians are going to hire and promote many persons for entirely political reasons in jobs that are political appointments (though, the big raises for the position are a bit rich).  That’s just politics.   But don’t insult our intelligence by pretending for even a second that these were the most qualified people for the job.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State

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