He keeps ripping us off, keeps ripping us off, he keeps ripping us off…
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.
***McCrory insists McKillip and Diaz got their positions on merit, not politics. “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.
What kills me about it is that when the “conservatives” are challenged about this, their responses are as predictable as they are nonsensical:
“Maybe they WERE the best qualified!” – at 24, haven’t been on the planet long enough for this to be true.
“Democrats did the same thing!” – clearly a lie, but even if true, would’ve been something they would have SCREAMED about; now…crickets.
“The Republicans are doing what WE THE MAJORITY sent them there to do!” – again, clearly garbage, but they run with this b/c Tribe Uber Alles.
Make no mistake about it – we are now in a fight for the survival of this state.