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The State Worker: Ex-analyst now leads the furlough fight
SacBee: State Worker ^ | 6/18/9 | Jon Ortiz

Posted on 06/18/2009 7:57:42 AM PDT by SmithL

Pat Whalen thought his life would go like this: Day shift as a Department of Justice analyst. Law school at night. Degree. Fulfilling state career. Secure retirement.

But champion of state workers? Leading legal wrench in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's furlough machine?

He never saw it coming.

"I worked for DOJ for 19 years and intended to devote my career to criminal prosecution," Whalen said. " I truly enjoyed public service."

But now the 43-year-old McGeorge School of Law grad works for Ellison Wilson Advocacy LLC. The Sacramento lobbying/law firm's clients include the union that covers the state's adjudicating law judges and attorneys – Whalen's former crowd.

He left reluctantly, pushed by trends he thinks have eroded the state's legal corps.

State attorney wages lag behind those of counterparts

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TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: attacklawyer; furlough; goldenstate; yourtaxdollarsatwork
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1 posted on 06/18/2009 7:57:42 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

Public service. Boy is that an oxymoron. You would think they were working for free. Big govt extorts money from taxpayers to create make work jobs.

2 posted on 06/18/2009 8:28:34 AM PDT by Frantzie (Boycott ABC News and their parent company The Walt Disney Company)
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