March 20, 1987
It is now obvious that out of the four major candidates for mayor only two have spoken out against the Philadelphia Gas Works rate increase of more than $28 million. They are Edward G. Rendell and John Egan. Neither has been mayor and neither understands the importance of political patronage. Mayor Goode late last year had a difference of opinion with the PGW's two highest-ranking officials over its future leadership. Perhaps he discovered that there was a lot of patronage that could be "controlled" by him. Frank L. Rizzo knows that, since during his administration he dismissed UGI Corp.
March 16, 1991 |
Gloucester County Freeholder Director John R. Maier this week was named to run a Department of Motor Vehicles office in Monroe Township - a patronage post that could bring the influential Democrat as much as $60,000 a year. Maier, also chairman of the county Democratic Party, was named by Gov. Florio to succeed Charles T. Kroh, a Gloucester Republican who has held the post since 1982, said Skip Lee, the department's acting director. Maier is to assume the full-time job April 1, Lee said.
July 27, 1991 |
A judge yesterday dismissed a lawsuit alleging that two former Barrington Borough employees had been fired improperly because of their political party affiliation and union activity. The suit, by former Barrington Court Clerk Patricia Sullivan and former Deputy Court Clerk Linda Cooper, both Democrats, sought $1.5 million in damages from the borough, Mayor Harry J. Stone Jr. and others. Sullivan is the wife of former Democratic Mayor Robert Sullivan, who was defeated by Stone, a Republican, in November 1987.
June 1, 2010
Another day, another example of waste in the General Assembly, as highlighted by the 28th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury. 'Friends and family' plan One reason for the bloated cost of the General Assembly is the party leaders' partisan patronage hiring. Meet Bernadette Runk, former director of human resources for the House Republican Caucus. Democrats have their own human-resources staff, too. The grand jury called Runk "an excellent example of the peril to the taxpayers posed by partisan staffing.
September 1, 1987
It's not that anyone expects the Camden County Sheriff's Department to operate like a Boy Scout troop, but Sheriff William J. Simon seems to be intent on setting a new standard for sleaziness. Mr. Simon's office has found rather blunt ways to undermine the New Jersey civil service system, which was designed to ensure that qualified applicants are awarded government jobs regardless of their financial ties with the local political organization. Many patronage appointees, for example, were brought in as temporary workers on a "provisional" basis in place of applicants who ranked at the top of the civil service list.
September 24, 1986 |
Camden County Freeholder Joseph Milano, the bane of county Democrats since the party snubbed his re-election bid in February, yesterday blocked a $31,000 patronage contract because the proposed recipient is the Democrats' "friend. " Milano objected to the appointment of Edward T. McDonnell of Haddon Heights as a public relations consultant to the Solid Waste Department. "They should really get a professional for that and not a friend," Milano said at the freeholders' caucus session yesterday.
October 28, 1988 |
Joseph Carroll Jr. was one laborer who didn't get his hands dirty at the Camden County Park Commission. New Jersey civil service rules define a laborer's job as "manual and unskilled" work, such as shoveling snow or digging trenches. Because no civil service exam is required, it is a convenient title for patronage workers. But Carroll, 21, who was hired to the $18,000-a-year job in January, is no ordinary patronage worker. His father is a Democratic freeholder who votes on appointments to the seven-member Park Commission and its annual appropriation.
December 9, 1987
Webster defines government as "an established system of political administration. " That just goes to show how uninformed people who write dictionaries can be. Philadelphians know that government - city government anyway - is what hands out tax dollars in Class 500 grants and doesn't consider explanations or accountability necessary. Class 500 grants are a good idea that - like most things Council touches - has bogged down in power plays and favor-giving. The grants have always been a kind of patronage of last resort by which Council members' pet projects and organizations are rewarded with folding money.
June 22, 1990 |
The Supreme Court yesterday dealt a crippling blow to political patronage by ruling that government officials may not base their hiring, promotion and transfer decisions on a worker's party membership and contributions. Justice William J. Brennan Jr., who wrote the majority opinion in the 5-4 ruling, said government applicants or employees should not be forced to support the political parties of their superiors to get jobs, hold on to them or "progress up the career ladder. " "The First Amendment prevents the government, except in the most compelling circumstances, from wielding its power to interfere with its employees' freedom to believe and associate, or to not believe and not associate," Brennan wrote.
March 28, 1991 |
Gloucester County Freeholder Director John R. Maier yesterday turned down a political patronage job worth $40,000 to $60,000 a year, saying the post would require him to work full time and would conflict with his freeholder duties. Maier, chairman of the county Democratic Party, was offered the position of head of the Division of Motor Vehicle Services in Monroe Township earlier this month and was expected to begin the job April 1. But yesterday, Maier said he decided not to accept it after learning that he would be required to work in the office at least 35 hours a week to manage a $310,000 budget and 13 employees.