And Then There Are the Judgeships
Per Anchor Rising’s rule of thumb for whether inside connections should disqualify one from receiving a particular appointment: After an exhaustive nationwide search, the governor has nominated… his chief of staff to fill a Superior Court opening. I’d say the nomination doesn’t pass the test.
Again, I’m sympathetic to the arguments that people who’ve been in government and law for years know the ropes and that familiarity is a valid consideration for nominations, but at this point, enough damage is done to Rhode Island by the perception and reality that the government is a self-rewarding spoils system that it outweighs these benefits. Some might suggest that some positions would be more difficult to fill if accepting them foreclosed other possibilities in the future, but such are the decisions of life.