Welp folks, hell must be freezing over as Hancock County has evidently run out of home grown political hacks and cronies to staff one of the local troughs.
Hiring unqualified good ol boys to government jobs in Mississippi is nothing new as we’ve been reminded of late of that fact with DMR among other agencies but for a local plum appointment to go to an outsider in Hancock County is unheard of, especially when the board doing the appointing answers to the County Board of Supervisors. Yes, of late local politics has made for strange bedfellows with Supervisor Steve Seymour crossing party lines to cuddle up with Lynn Fitch over at Scott Walker’s house last year but plucking a Phil Bryant staffer for a $150,000 job that could (some would say should) go to someone with the Ladner surname? OMG!!!
I did not jump right on the emerging story linked in comments by Mad as Hell on Sunday because I knew two things:
- The news was leaked to the media in advance for a reason.
- I knew Gene Taylor was serving on the Port and Harbor Commission, which is reasonable given the man’s vast experience with all things seaborn and military and I had a hard time believing Gene would support one of Boss Hogg’s Hurricane Katrina cronies for the post.
I sent some discreet inquiries out but did not get much joy from the informational returns I received but I am glad to see my instincts were on the mark as this snippet from Anita’s story of today indicates:
Hancock port and harbor commissioners voted 5-1 to approve hiring Edwards. Gene Taylor, a former U.S. representative, was opposed. Commissioners voted without comment.
I think everyone knows by now the source of Sunday’s story was not Robert Kane. If Hancock County is to become the latest dumping ground for out of work GOP state political hacks we all better grab our wallets and hold on tight, that is if there is any money left after NFIP rates go through the roof.
Of this we can be certain, Ashley Edwards is on board because the Board of Supervisors wants him on board at Port and Harbor.