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Massachusetts Liberal

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Good jobs at good wages -- GOP edition

Anyone check the milk cartons for Massachusetts GOP Chairman Jennifer Nassour? She seems to be missing from a dust-up about an unemployed politician getting a cushy public job.

Oh right. That's because Jeff Perry, the failed candidate in the 10th Congressional District, is a Republican, as is the Barnstable County sheriff who appointed Perry to the $110,000 a year job -- that has been vacant for two years.

Perry, if you have been living on Pluto or in Pittsfield, was embroiled in controversy during the campaign over allegations involving his time as a Wareham police sergeant. Once the great hope to win the seat vacated by William Delahunt, he was job-searching instead.

Thanks to Barnstable County Sheriff James M. Cummings, the search is over. He names Perry to the top assistant's job. How "top" that assistant really is may be subject to some dispute since the position had not been filled in two years.

But any way, back to Nassour, who was quite vocal when Deval Patrick named former Sen. Marian Walsh to a $175,000 job a the now-defunct Massachusetts Health Education and Finance Agency, a job that had been vacant more than a decade.
MassGOP Chairman Jennifer Nassour said, "The Massachusetts Republican Party stood up for the taxpayers by protesting the creation of a patronage job for a supporter of Governor Patrick, and we are pleased that Senator Walsh has done the right thing by refusing the appointment. This absurd process has taught us, once again, that we cannot rely on the Patrick Administration to seek real, meaningful reform on Beacon Hill. Unbelievably, Governor Patrick still contends HEFA set the proposed salary at $175,000, when emails from his own staff clearly show a Governor's Office determined to give Senator Walsh a $100,000 pay raise.

"Attention should now be turned to rooting out waste and inefficiency throughout government in order to relieve the tax burden on working families. Thousands of people lost their jobs last month, and I call on the Governor to work as hard at creating jobs for those people as he did at creating a job for a political ally," concluded Nassour.
Why the silence now Madam Chairwoman? Is it patronage when the scenario involves Democrats but simply good jobs at good wages when it involves a star-crossed GOP candidate who clearly still harbors electoral ambitions?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

True Tea Partiers will be as disgusted with this as with the much more numerous examples set by the Dems. I hope you're as diligent in reporting all of these examples. Maybe mention the way the new Sheriff in Worc county is trying to eliminate patronage from the hiring system in his venue. And he stopped paying to have his name put on all the signs like the Dem who was before him.

January 25, 2011 9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MassLib: You've come up with another example of IOKIYAR. If this had been a Democrat, we would have been beaten about the head by self righteous Republicans complaining about business as usual, and Democrats who don't get it, but since this is a Republican we're talking about, we hear nothing. I call it hypocrisy. It's no better than the cushy landing Republicans found for Jane Swift at MassPort before she got the job as Paula Cellucci's running mate.

January 25, 2011 9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apologies for the typo: Paul Cellucci, not Paula. I wish this blog had a post published editing option.

January 25, 2011 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's wrong no matter who does it, vote them out.

January 26, 2011 4:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed. Add to that, clueless behavior by the likes of the Speaker who excused the big welcome given disgraced former Speakers at the swearing in ceremony because "It's tradition, it's always been done". He just doesn't get it.

January 26, 2011 4:18 PM  

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