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Perry hire is puzzling

Posted by Garrett Quinn, Less is More  January 24, 2011 11:06 AM

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With all the talk from Republicans about how they're so different from Democrats who tightly control every branch of government in Massachusetts you'd think they would avoid blatant displays of, well, how they're not.

Jeffrey D. Perry, the former state representative who narrowly lost in a hard-fought campaign for Congress in November, begins today serving in the position of special sheriff of Barnstable County.

In that $110,000-a-year position, Perry, a Republican of Sandwich, will be the top assistant to James M. Cummings, the long-time Barnstable County sheriff. Perry, 47, could not be reached for comment this morning.

Will there be outcries of "nationwide search" and "hack-o-rama" from the usual corners of the local pundit class? Perry's reappearance as a law enforcement officer should raise eyebrows after the flogging he received from Democrats during his failed congressional run over a disturbing incident with a minor while he was a cop. The incident involving a strip search of a teenage girl by another officer while Perry was on duty was repeated over and over by opponents and ultimately sunk Perry's candidacy.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the aisle, former state Rep. Barbara L'Italien was hired by Treasurer Steve Grossman to run his government affairs office. She will get a nice $100,000 salary for that role. Then there is the appointment of longtime State Rep. Peter Koutoujian to the position of Middlesex County Sheriff by Governor Patrick — not exactly a low paying job either.

And who can forget Patrick’s botched appointment of former state Senator Marian Walsh to an obscure state bonding authority?

Though something just seems more odd about Perry's hiring. Everyone in Barnstable County must know about the scandal by now and what does a special sheriff do anyway? I guess nationwide searches don't really apply to Republicans either.

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Garrett Quinn began writing for newspapers at age 17 with CNC in his native South Shore. He has been published in BlueMassGroup, RedMassGroup, Pioneer Investigates, and Wonkette. He is a More »

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