Gov. Deval Patrick has parked several campaign drivers and volunteers in top-dollar plum state jobs despite his vow to slam the brakes on patronage – and aides asked to explain hung up the phone.
Patrick recently tapped former campaign driver Mark Conrad to become permanent chairman of the state Parole Board two weeks ago at more than $100,000 a year. Conrad, a former Milton police officer, had served as acting chairman since he was appointed to the board in 2007.
“This is a governor who wanted people hired not by their political connections but by their qualifications,” said Senate Republican leader Richard R. Tisei (R-Wakefield). “The fact is, this administration has been one of the best at patronage and cronyism.”
Click below to see at least 4 other hack patronage appointments from former campaign staff.