Saturday, September 04, 2004 - News - State still hiring during 'freeze' 09/04/04: "The 22-year-old son of a southern Illinois lawmaker has landed a $40,000-a-year job with the state fire marshal's office, becoming the latest well-connected Democrat to go on the state payroll during a hiring freeze.
Nicholas Reitz, the son of state Rep. Dan Reitz, D-Steeleville, began working for the state on July 16.
He is serving as a legislative liaison with the agency that oversees fire safety in Illinois.
His hiring comes as the Democratic administration continues to say it is operating under a hiring freeze imposed as part of a belt-tightening move in 2003. The administration also has been accused of targeting Republicans for job cuts.
The hiring freeze, however, has not stopped officials from employing a number of relatives, including the spouse of Blagojevich's communication's director, the daughter of the director of the Department of Public Aid and the aunt of a key downstate ally, state Rep. Jay Hoffman of Collinsville.
Reitz's hiring is unique because his mother also received a state job a year ago. Joyce Reitz began her $32,628-per-year position with the Department of Natural Resources in September."

-- Yeah because a 22 year old has the legislative experience needed for that sort of job. Business as usual from the Blagozo regime, say it ain't so Rod, say it aint so. Because we need things like legislative liaison's and Hispanic outreach people for the lottery by golly and hiring freeze be ignored.

Todays Alan Keyes tip: This is the sort of stuff you should hammer Obama with. Stuff the state is doing and make him respond. Obama may be able to get away with the 'Well Keyes is from Maryland' once or twice then he has to start to answer if he thinks the state hiring 22 year olds as legislative liaisons when the state has a hiring freeze.



Amy Allen said...

Ahmen, One Man.
Amy Allen
Obiter Dictum

Anonymous said...

Good idea, except Keyes isn't running for governor.

OneMan said...

Yeah, but Obama is in the state senate and part of his appeal is his record. There is such a thing as guilt by association.

Anonymous said...

Or people might wonder if the reason they are trying to attack Obama for someone else's actions is because they can't find anything in Obama's record to attack that will stick. Keyes has effectively squandered what little credibility he had so trying to hammer anything at this point will look like the desperate move that it is.