Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Darr's Deadwood Update: One lands with secretary of state

Posted By on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 1:01 PM

NEW PUBLIC TEAT: Josh Curtis moves from Darr's Deadwood contingent to secretary of state's office.
  • NEW PUBLIC TEAT: Josh Curtis moves from Darr's Deadwood contingent to secretary of state's office.
I wrote this morning about Darr's Deadwood, the $25,000/month  lieutenant governor's staff that stayed on the taxpayer payroll for five months doing nothing after Mark Darr resigned the office Feb. 1. They closed up shop yesterday and left no forwarding addresses for the office or themselves

Now comes confirmation from the secretary of state's office that Josh Curtis, who'd been governmental affairs officer for Darr has been hired as a legislative liaison for the secretary of state at $49,000 a year. Times are tough all over. Curtis, who also draws a Saline County paycheck as aq justice of the peace, was paid $51,564 in Darr's office.

Three of the four Darr people moved into other government or political jobs (Amber Pool went to the state House and chief of staff Bruce Campbell is political director for Asa Hutchinson, a transitional teat to hoped-for future state work.)

I've asked the secretary of state who held the position previously and if the opening had been advertised before Curtis was hired.

Curtis had refused to tell me about his new job yesterday.

UPDATE: Curtis went to work for Mark Martin today. It was an open position and was not advertised.
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UPDATE: The Democratic Party whacks Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson for hypocrisy. He refused to call for Mark Darr's resignation in the face of proven and multiple expense account violations. And now he's hired his deadood chief of staff, Bruce Campbell, who helped process Darr's fraudulent expenses. And Campbell kept piling up retirement credits and a $75,000 salary for five motnhs while doing nothing (except, of course, campaigning off the payroll for Hutchinson). Said the Dems:

 It’s just another example of Congressman Hutchinson’s partisanship getting in the way of doing what’s right. Congressman Hutchinson led the charge to impeach President Clinton - a “hateful, partisan waste of time and energy” according to the Democrat-Gazette – and voted to impeach President Clinton and tried to remove him from office without criminal charges being filed against the President. Apparently, Congressman Hutchinson has different standards for ethical conduct: one for Republicans and one for Democrats.

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