One Way to Shrink Government
Anybody catch this little nugget?
A one-time chief of staff to former Senate President Joseph A. Montalbano, [Former state Sen. Edward] Morrone has spent the last year as the $94,100 “director of intergovernmental affairs” in the office of Montalbano’s successor: M. Teresa Paiva Weed, D-Newport.
In recent days, Superior Court Presiding Judge Alice B. Gibney nominated Morrone to replace David E. Perry, who retired in December, as clerk of the Kent County Superior Court. Morrone’s current salary includes a 10 percent longevity bonus. Even with that bonus, it appears the court post — advertised at $66,177 to $74,996 – would result in a pay cut for Morrone, who worked in the courts once before as the first manager of the Adult Drug Court.
Why does a part-time legislature require a full-time “director of intergovernmental affairs”? And why should the position pay so well?
More importantly, the career of Mr. Morrone is one more indication of the importance of a viable second party. If particular seats, including the senate presidency, were to change political hands from time to time, it might dislodge patronage careerists.