Nice work if you can get it.... Our Ag Commissioner, John McMillan has hired his GOP primary opponent, Dale (don't shoot the horse) Petersen as his "confidential assistant."
Hall said McMillan felt there was a need for someone at the department with a business background. Hall said there has not been a confidential assistant before, and the hiring must be approved by the state Personnel Board at a meeting Jan. 16.
Now, my first thought here was.... "what the heck is a confidential assistant and how do I score a state job making over $70k/year?" So I checked out the online job site Monster.com and found only 3 listings for "confidential assistants" in the entire US. And none of the qualifications include "able to embarrass your entire state with stupid political ads."
So what's Peterson going to do - and will the horse be involved somehow? The AL.com article just gets weirder at the end:
"I told John, 'I'll stoke the furnace and you steer the ship,'" Peterson said.
It's important to know that this hire comes almost a year after McMillan said his department no longer has the staff necessary to inspect and verify the accuracy of the state's gas pumps and grocery scales:
Stacy Boshell, director of the weights and measures division, said the lack of inspectors now limits it to performing random inspections on only 5 percent to 10 percent of the more than 90,000 fuel pumps in the state each year.
So while merchants may be taking money out of your pocket with inaccurate measures, McMillan is happy to put money in the pockets of his buddy Petersen.
The Alabama Democratic Party's statement on this matter is on the flip.