Allow me to share a bit of a Slabbed back story to kick off this post and that would involve the Goatherderian fleecing of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency as outlined in these two excellent rural delivery articles found here and here. Part of that saga, well chronicled on these pages, involved the untimely deaths of 3 ACOA employees involved in the loan. It was a twist I did not emphasize because I could never find a direct salience between the events but it exists as part of that story’s lore. I’m very hesitant to trample the deceased in order to report a story.
Along those lines I was drug kicking and screaming to the suicide of Michaela Hill even though it occurred, according to local lore, there at the Bolton Building last Summer. I am in fact reticent to this topic but then the emails started coming after the unfortunate events surrounding State Rep Jessica Upshaw’s untimely demise last weekend at the home of a former colleague in Mendenhall bubbled up. Here is a sampling of those reader emails:
Three finalist of the DMR director fiasco included Jessica Upshaw, who supposedly committed suicide Sunday in the garage of her boyfriend in Mendenhall……….
That brings the death total to three folks who have died, two by suicide and one by drowning, who have a history with the DMR.
Mrs. Hill being the first, then attorney and marine expert, Ricky Hembre, and now Upshaw…..attorney and oil spill legislator assigned to oversee the disaster and relief; also on the Conservation Committee of the House…..
After knowing the qualifications of the other two applicants, both successful women…
Let’s call that data point number 1. Here is data point number 2 from a source unconnected to data point 1 source:
I have been told that Rep. Jessica Upshaw was one of the final 3 for the DMR job. She interviewed with Bryant @ 10am on Thursday,March 21. Another of the three is a lady named Kelly Lucas,who has a phd in Marine Science and is Deputy Director of a Gulf of Mexico program ran from Stennis……….
The Upshaw death is very strange to me and its timing is odd. No disrespect meant to her or her family but something is just not right .If you did not seen it,watch the interview of her friend who found her in the driveway on Channel 13.
So we have a reasonable basis to identify the other 2 nominees to the post of Executive Director of the DMR, a job that ultimately went to career political hack Jamie Miller. Both readers, neither conspiracy theorists, have their radars up on the hiring process and how it may have influenced what appear to be unrelated events.
In part 2 we’ll look at Miller’s hiring and try to figure how this George Malvaney guy fits in.