Last December I put together a little piece examining the fact that former Rep. Justin Burr, from Stanly, snagged a prime job right off of his electoral defeat.
Burr, who has no experience at all in the field for which he would be responsible in this job, skated through without serious scrutiny, it seems. The starting salary was somewhere around $62,000, which is already a lot for a job you shouldn’t have, but the GOP in Raleigh this year snuck into the budget a provision that almost doubles the salary, increasing it by over $50,000.
There’s not really much to say about this. It demonstrates what everyone hates about politics and what everyone knows is happening.
The Republican Party in this state and every other loves to join Trump’s “Drain the Swamp” chorus, yet the tune falls flat when asked to apply it here at home.
As I said half a year ago when this first popped up: Kudos to former Rep. Burr for chasing the American dream: a cushy government job with little responsibility and a hefty salary. If only we could all be so lucky.
Kirk Kovach is a native North Carolinian interested in writing about politics, communication and culture.