Oops! Faith-Based Welfare Adviser Who 'Resigned' Is Still Working

It's not as if I doubted that Gov. Tom Corbett didn't really care what voters thought, but Pennsylvania's answer to Scott Walker really takes the cake with this one. But hey, obviously he provides a very important service and you wouldn't want to leave a faith-based position like that open:

INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU HARRISBURG - A controversial adviser to Welfare Secretary Gary Alexander is still working for the state and will do so for an indefinite period, despite last week's announcement that he had resigned.

Last week, officials said Robert W. Patterson, a special assistant to Alexander, had quit his $104,470 position as The Inquirer was preparing to publish a story about his outside role as editor of a conservative, faith-based journal.

In announcing Patterson's exit, the Corbett administration distanced itself from views expressed in the journal, which has criticized key welfare programs administered by the Department of Public Welfare and offered opinions that women should be stay-at-home mothers and opposing birth control - as well as musings on how condom use could rob women of reported mood-enhancing benefits of chemicals in semen.

Even so, state officials acknowledged Wednesday that Patterson did yet not have an end date for his employment.

"His resignation effective date is still being determined," said department spokesman Carey Miller, adding that his "transition of duties is under way." She would not elaborate.


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