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March 24, 2011


Beutler hires Brashear again

by Deena Winter

My only comment on the mayor’s hiring of former colleague Kermit Brashear for $50,000 to help with labor negotiations is this: The last time Mayor Chris Beutler hired him, it didn’t work out exactly as planned.

Back in 2008, Beutler tapped the former speaker to lobby for the state fairgrounds to become a university research and development corridor (paid him $15,000), but not at the cost of losing the State Fair.

Ahem — well, he got half of that.

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Kris
    Mar 24 2011

    Question: Who will Mr. Brashear be reporting to in this situation?

  2. Sam
    Mar 24 2011

    So is this just an “old buddy needs extra cash” system at the expense of taxpayers? We have a whole Department dealing with labor business. ???

  3. Roger Yant
    Mar 24 2011

    Here we go again, the buddy system is at work again!

  4. inn the real
    Mar 24 2011

    Not needed they should make those responsible for negotiation do there job or is the Mayor being unreasonable in what he expects.

  5. Fletch
    Mar 24 2011

    They should re-run the old commercials with a poor Kermit the Frog impersonator. Those were the bomb.

  6. Pamela
    Mar 25 2011

    Chris Beutler is no more qualified to be a mayor than the rest of us. He had the right resume and he was never going to be at the top of his field–law. His years at Cline, Williams, were described by the best attorneys there as “window dressing.” He had the face, the suit, the hair-do . . . typical bureaucrat, looking for a soft landing with power and perks. Of course he is handing off nice, quick money ‘make work’ to his cronies. With Democrats, the mantra is, “If we don’t win, we don’t eat.” So easy to spend someone else’s money.

  7. J.Brown
    Mar 25 2011

    I need a job Can I be a friend of the Mayors too?


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