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GOP hacks head for state jobs ahead of Maura Healey’s governorship


Not working is an especially troublesome behavior to interrupt — contemplate the hundreds of thousands of Individuals who bought used to being on the dole and on the sofa throughout the Panic and now haven’t any intention of ever returning to productive labor.

Within the hackerama, after all, this phenomenon was well-known lengthy earlier than the Wuhan flu was concocted to oust former President Donald Trump from workplace.

No scientific research exist, however empirical proof suggests that the majority politicians who maintain elective workplace for greater than three phrases, six years on the legislative stage, are thereafter incapable of ever holding down an actual job once more.

There are exceptions, however they’re few and much between. Most hacks emeriti should be placed on some type of public welfare — such “jobs” as commissioner, dean, choose, clerk Justice of the Peace, or, most pathetically, perennial shedding candidate for workplace.

The hacks perceive how terrifying it’s to be ejected from the general public trough — simply ask Geoff Diehl how a lot enjoyable it’s to be an Uber driver. So most start searching for no-heavy-lifting sinecures from the second they’re elected to workplace.

Which brings us to this yr’s lame-duck feeding frenzy on the State Home. The Republicans are surrendering the governorship to Maura Healey, so GOP hacks are searching for refuge, something to keep away from having to get an actual job.

Take James Kelcourse — please. Till very just lately, he was the Republican rep from Amesbury. He ran for mayor, was defeated, and realized that he was going nowhere in his part-time $87,380-a-year job as a legislator. He’d been in since 2014, nicely previous the six-year promote date for solons.

So Kelcourse checked out; he now has a $136,292-a-year sinecure on the Massachusetts Parole Board. Thanks, Charlie Parker!

Then there’s Sheila Harrington, an 11-year Republican state rep. Clearly not a lot was ever going to be taking place once more for her within the Dreaded Personal Sector, however not an issue — final winter Gov. Charlie “Parker” Baker nominated her as clerk Justice of the Peace within the Gardner District Courtroom for $174,532 a yr.

That’s a candy gig, clerk Justice of the Peace. It’s a lifetime appointment. Simply ask Jen Caissie, the final GOP member of the Governor’s Council. She’s been interred on the Dudley District Courtroom since 2019.

With Hurricane Maura about to make land, the GOP reps are stampeding for the exits. Take Bradford Hill of Ipswich. How unemployable was Brad? He’d been within the Legislature since 1998, and earlier than that, he was a staffer on Beacon Hill. Unhappy, very unhappy.

However the Brad Hill story has a cheerful ending, a minimum of till 2025, when his time period on the Massachusetts Gaming Fee (for there may be certainly such a physique) expires. He’s making $136,292 a yr, and behind that comes the 80% pension, plus well being care.

In any governor’s workplace, the job of chief secretary is essential, as a result of he’s the man in control of dealing out the hack jobs.

Throughout Charlie Parker’s lame-duck interval, this terribly important place was held by one Jordan Maynard, who drifted into Massachusetts from Kentucky and may be very proud to name himself a “first-generation faculty graduate.” (Like, who isn’t?)

There are not any flies on Maynard, nevertheless, as a result of come January this blow-in received’t be on the unemployment line when Maura Healey turns into governor.

You see, Jordan noticed one other opening on … the Mass. Gaming Fee, and guess who grabbed it?

None apart from Jordan Maynard, a stranger in a wierd land. He handed himself a full five-year time period on the Gaming Fee trough, two years longer than poor profession hack Brad Hill.

So now Maynard’s starting his all-expenses-paid five-year trip, till 2027, at $136,292 a yr, after which he’ll have to begin on the lookout for his first actual job ever — at age 39.

Personally, I contemplate it dangerous type for the patronage czar to seize one of many sweetest sinecures on the market. Kinda like what occurred on the Titanic, when the ship’s proprietor jumped on the final lifeboat.

Keep in mind Francisco Urena, the previous state secretary of Veterans’ Providers who was one in all Charlie Parker’s scapegoats within the Holyoke Troopers Residence fiasco? He bought the boot, however hey, you’ll be able to’t hold an excellent fall man down. Francisco has resurfaced at a type of quasi-public authorities, Mass Improvement.

He’s “deputy director of navy initiatives” for $102,000 a yr. His boss is one other large Baker bum kisser, Dan Rivera, the previous mayor of Lawrence who’s now pocketing $158,353.99 each year. Charlie runs a various hackerama, you gotta give the RINO that.

Then there’s Rep. Brad Jones, the minority chief within the Home, whom the state comptroller says final yr made $155,550 for doing … what, precisely?

Jones’ State Home workplace, although, is an incubator of future Republican hacks who at the moment are furiously attempting to burrow themselves in earlier than the Democrat putsch.

After a number of stops, Jone’s coat holder Matt Cocciardi has his golden parachute, “affiliate courtroom administrator” on the Trial Courtroom. For $182,500 a yr!

In fact, the easiest way for a Republican to outlive the approaching tsunami of pink slips is to marry, actually, somebody who works for Maura Healey.

C’mon down, Eric Rebello-Pradas, who’s been a GOP coat holder for first Brad Jones after which one other GOP hack solon turned commissioner or secretary, former state Secretary of Power and Environmental Affairs Matt Beaton. Eric is now at one thing known as Mass Police Officers Requirements and Coaching, some type of post-George Floyd touchy-feely hackerama.

It’s good for $158,000 a yr for the hyphenated one, which means that the POST Fee pays so much higher than the Submit Workplace does.

Eric is now married, to 1 Alicia Rebello-Pradas. It was an excellent profession transfer for him, given the methods the political winds are blowing, as a result of Alicia is likewise a payroll patriot, within the workplace of … Maura Healey. She makes $121,275 a yr. And that new hyphenated final identify simply provides to Eric’s bona fides as a wimpy wokester.

Now that’s some actual job safety. Positive beats simply working the telephones or volunteering for Maura’s marketing campaign like most of the native Republican payroll Charlies are doing, to avoid wasting their phony-baloney jobs.

Granted, not each GOP coat holder on Beacon Hill can search out a Maura Healey acolyte to get hitched to. So my recommendation to all hack Republicans in Massachusetts is to on the very least get your self a hyphenated final identify.


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