The Chron tut-tuts Rick Perry for giving a $40K/year job to a lobbyist's wife. Any more emotion on their part and I might actually be able to detect a pulse.
Elsewhere on the Patronage Patrol, here's a nice parting gift for Gregg Phillips.
Gregg Phillips and Larry Temple worked together in the mid-1990s in a massive and largely unsuccessful attempt to downsize Mississippi's human services agency. Then last year both landed prime Texas government jobs: Phillips as the No. 2 man at the Health and Human Services Commission overseeing the downsizing and privatization of state welfare programs; Temple as the executive director of the Texas Workforce Commission, the state's unemployment agency.
Now there are questions about whether Temple steered a $670,270 state contract to a company that Phillips founded. That company still employs Phillips' wife and is run by a woman whom Temple describes as an old "family friend."
Temple and Phillips denied any wrongdoing involving the contract. Temple blamed a disgruntled agency employee for prompting an internal investigation, which he said cleared him of any improper activity.
"I had a secretary who, it came to my attention, had made some negative comments relative to me," Temple said.