More Cronyism by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton
For those of you thinking that electing Tea Party members was supposed to get rid of cronyism and corruption in politics - I think that claim can be forever laid to rest.
The latest from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (currently under state and federal indictment for fraud):
AUSTIN — The state is paying thousands of dollars in salaries and benefits to at least two former high-level staffers in Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office who haven’t worked there for over a month.
Charles “Chip” Roy resigned as first assistant attorney general March 9 but remains on the state’s payroll. He received his full month’s salary of $16,220.62 on April 1, according to the state comptroller, and remains on the payroll as an employee of the state even while working a new job for a national political committee.
Roy declined to comment about the payment arrangement, which the agency confirmed Wednesday after The Dallas Morning News raised questions. Despite its earlier public statement that Roy resigned, an agency spokeswoman said Thursday that he’s also on “emergency leave.”
“Roy resigned on March 9th. He is currently on emergency leave through June 10th,” spokeswoman Cynthia Meyer said late Thursday.
If Roy’s arrangement continues until then, he will make $48,660 for the three months of emergency leave.
Now for those of you wondering what that “emegency leave” is, that is by state law limited to being granted only in cases of death or other severe events in the employee’s immediate family -
Roy’s resignation was sudden. At the time, Paxton made no mention of any emergency and hired Roy’s replacement the same day. The next day, Roy took a job as executive director of a super PAC supporting Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign.
The comptroller’s office, which cuts checks for state employees, was unaware Roy and others who had resigned from the attorney general’s office were still being paid until The News contacted them.
Former communications director Allison Castle left the agency March 10, according to media reports. But, like Roy, she remains on the payroll. She was paid her full monthly salary of $12,825 on April 1.
As for who has replaced these people on “leave” - you can guess where their priorities lie:
Paxton’s office has had several high-profile departures and hires in recent weeks, including the resignations of Roy and Castle, who were replaced by Jeff Mateer of the conservative law firm the Liberty Institute and Marc Rylander, a former pastor at Prestonwood Baptist, the Plano-based megachurch Paxton attends.