Thursday, December 07, 2006
One Political Hack Out, Another Political Hack In
Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) announced today he was relieving state Lottery Director Esther Schneider from her duties. Her abrasive management style, ethical lapses and partisan politicking landed her in hot water earlier this year and has the agency defending a bona fide ADA EEOC complaint brought by the Lottery's former general counsel. In her place, the governor is appointing another partisan, political hack, unsuccessful state representative candidate Kathryn Densborn (R). This is truly a disappointing appointment by the governor. Densborn has absolutely no unique qualifications for this job other than the "R" behind her name and her political connections. The Lottery is a major source of state revenues, and the governor should be looking for the best and brightest in the growing gaming industry to run the agency if he is truly concerned with results. Anyone want to take bets on how long it is before Daniels appoints former Rep. Troy Woodruff (R) to a position in his administration? Woodruff lost not only his legislative seat, but also his job as a congressional aide to U.S. Rep. John Hostettler (R), who lost his seat to Brad Ellsworth (D).