Skip to comments.Steffen role is focus of hearing
Posted on 12/21/2005 6:28:50 AM PST by smithoneEdited on 12/21/2005 6:36:36 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
Joseph F. Steffen Jr., discounted by the Ehrlich administration as a rogue employee who operated on his own to target workers for firing, was assigned to a large state agency by the governor's chief of staff and reported to him directly, state Human Resources Secretary Christopher J. McCabe testified yesterday.
Steffen's work at the department prompted McCabe to raise concerns with the governor's legal counsel, Jervis S. Finney, and his chief of staff, Steven L. Kreseski, McCabe told a legislative committee investigating Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s hiring practices.
Agency staffing changes were made with dignity and respect, McCabe said, and were necessary to create a well-run operation. But Steffen, who kept figures of Darth Vader and the Grim Reaper on his desk, "had a dark sense of humor that I learned made me uncomfortable and others uncomfortable," McCabe testified.
McCabe, the first administration official to testify, spoke during a marathon meeting of a bipartisan panel examining whether Ehrlich's team fired employees for political reasons to replace them with workers who would promote their agenda.
Republicans have criticized the effort for its partisanship, noting that a new governor is entitled to fill some state jobs with new people. Democrats maintain that the review could lead to personnel policy reforms and a better understanding of how the Ehrlich administration does business.
Why is the panel bipartisan? Why are Republicans, throught their participation, giving credence to a democrat witch hunt?
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No doubt it's related, but it doesn't seem to paint Steffen in a good light at all. It is the Sun of course, so I guess it's to be expected.
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Sure. The article CALLS Steffen a "rogue" employee. That is incorrect. If there is a correct wording, it is this: Steffan was involved in something which was not job-related, and in that venue, was baited by MD4Bush, a dem operative.
I figure the "single-lobed" biased "author" of the article called Steffan a "rogue employee" but only to provide a basis to blaming Erhlich for laying-off "non-rogue" employees. The bias in the article is clear.