When people think your state attorney general’s first name is Beleaguered, you’re probably in Texas.
Ken Paxton, our Oh-I-Love-Jesus beleaguered attorney general, is under indictment for stock fraud, has the SEC chasing him with a lasso, and has nowbeen caught good-ole-boying one of his former employees.
The state is paying thousands of dollars in salaries and benefits to at least two former high-level staffers in Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office who haven’t worked there for over a month.
Charles Roy resigned as first assistant attorney general March 9 but remains on the state’s payroll. He received his full month’s salary of $16,220.62 on April 1, according to the state comptroller, and remains on the payroll as an employee of the state even while working a new job for a national political committee.
They are now trying to convince everybody that Roy didn’t resign, he is just on “emergency leave.” If that is true, I need me some of that emergency leave because ….
“Roy resigned on March 9th. He is currently on emergency leave through June 10th,” spokeswoman Cynthia Meyer said late Thursday.
If Roy’s arrangement continues until then, he will make $48,660 for the three months of emergency leave.
The agency at first offered no further explanation of the reason for the leave. When asked to clarify the emergency, Meyer said: “I’m not sure the answer.”
Roy went to work at another job on the day he resigned and a replacement was hired the next day. But he gets emergency leave?
His new job? “Roy took a job as executive director of a super PAC supporting Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign.”
But, Roy has company.
Former communications director Allison Castle left the agency March 10, according to media reports. But, like Roy, she remains on the payroll. She was paid her full monthly salary of $12,825 on April 1.
To fill her job, Paxton hired the minister of his mega-church. Yeah, it’s a Baptist church. I suspect he knows that Paxton is going to hell.