Indicted GOP Texas attorney general caught handing out high-paid taxpayer-funded jobs to political buddies…(SSDD)

Saturday, April 2, 2016
By Paul Martin

BETHANIA PALMA MARKUS
RawStory.com
01 APR 2016

The Texas attorney general may be the state’s top law enforcer, but Ken Paxton has raised eyebrows recently by hiring two high-paid staffers without following the law, the Dallas Morning News reports.

The positions for assistant attorney general and communications director were not listed for the public, even though two outsiders were hired, the News reports. Texas law states that jobs must be posted and open to the public if outside applicants are being considered. Paxton personally selected the two men he hired and did not advertise their positions.

Paxton hired Jeff Mateer, an attorney with the non-profit law firm, First Liberty, which litigates so-called religious freedom cases, and Marc Rylander, a former pastor at Paxton’s church.

Paxton’s office confirmed to the News that the positions weren’t publicly posted, and that he interprets the law to mean he can appoint people who are above the level of deputy to taxpayer-funded positions.

“It’s important that the attorney general, or any leader of any of the state agencies, has in his leadership positions persons he trusts and believes have the ability to lead the particular organization,” Mateer told the News. “Those have been, historically, positions that have been appointed, and I think that is across the board, not just in the attorney general’s office, but across Texas state government.”

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