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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Blue Hog builds the case for a political hire at Disabilities Council

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 11:04 AM

click to enlarge ERIC MUNSON
Blue Hog Report today continues to amass details to illustrate his case that an old Republican political player, Eric Munson, got the job as director of the Governor's Developmental Disabilities Coordinating Council — and at much higher pay than the previous director — because that was the wish of Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Blue Hog's latest dispatch takes apart a statement reported here from Matt Glass, chair of the Council. In partial defense of Glass, I should say I condensed his response to me significantly. While he did say he'd gotten a favorable response from then-Gov. Mike Beebe's chief of staff, Morril Harriman, on increasing the pay substantially for a position that became vacant in September, he did also say that Harriman had said legislative approval would be required and that piece of the puzzle wasn't completed before Beebe left office.

Nonetheless: Is a Republican trooper who's bounced from lobby to government featherbed on account of his connections getting what will soon be a $90,000 paycheck thanks at least in part to a recommendation from the governor's chief of staff, former Republican legislator Michael Lamoureux? Yes. He joins a long list of party hangers-on — some better than others — that Hutchinson has been plugging into state position after state position. To the victors .... 

PS — Blue Hog notes that Munson, on the job since March 1, has already taken two days of leave, two and a half days of vacation, two and a half days of unpaid leave and two and a half days of sick time — almost two full weeks off in the first three months of work. Campbell tells me he also learned that Munson canceled an executive committee meeting scheduled tomorrow a few minutes after he posted his item this morning. I tried to reach Munson. He was on the phone, I was told. No info available on why the meeting was canceled.

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