Governor Deval Patrick hires chief of staff for his wife, gives her office
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Governor Deval Patrick hires chief of staff for his wife, gives her officeBy Hillary Chabot Sentinel & Enterprise
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BOSTON -- First there was the million-dollar gala.
Then there were the helicopter rides.
Now Gov. Deval Patrick is spending taxpayer dollars on staff for his wife.
The state has hired a $72,000-a-year chief of staff whose sole job will be to schedule Diane Patrick's public appearances and media availabilities, The Sentinel & Enterprise has learned.
Diane Patrick also gets a slice of office space in the governor's third-floor suite.
The last governor's wife to have a full-time secretary was Kitty Dukakis, whose husband left office in 1990.
Since 1990, the governor's staff has scheduled the first lady's appearances.
Patrick is simply being more efficient by using one person, said his spokesman, Kyle Sullivan.
"Mrs. Patrick has a full-time job as a practicing attorney so staff assistance relative to her official duties as first lady is necessary," Sullivan wrote in a statement e-mailed to the Sentinel & Enterprise.
Barbara Anderson, executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation, was already concerned about putting a tax-and-spend Democrat back in the corner office.
This hire puts the governor's spending on even shakier ground, especially as Gov. Patrick asks cities and towns to brace for a $1 billion shortfall.
Patrick also has asked state departments to cut budgets by 5 to 10 percent.
"This could be just the beginning. There was the big gala, the helicopter, and now the wife with paid staff," Anderson said. "He's creating an image of royal governorship that we're not accustomed to at all."
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