McCrory concerned with invasion of privacy

Posted September 18, 2013

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services

— Gov. Pat McCrory says he has full confidence in Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos despite a spate of recent stories questioning the credentials of those hired as contractors and senior administrative positions. 

"I'm not going to get distracted into the detailed operations for which my secretaries are responsible," McCrory said Wednesday.

Regarding Wos, he said, "I've never met a more dedicated harder working public servant in my 25 years of public service." Asked if Wos had his full support, McCrory said "absolutely."

Recent DHHS hires that have been in the news have included:

  • Margaret "Mardy" Peal, who will make $95,000 as senior planner despite having little by way of publicly verifiable public policy experience. Peal was a donor to the McCrory campaign and briefly involved in the start up of a tea party group.  
  • Joe Hauck, who records show the state health agency paid $228,000 for work done from late January through August to advise the secretary on "strategic planning. Hauck is a long-time employee of Wos' husband. 
  • A pair of young former campaign staffers given high-paying and high-profile jobs within the department. 

Asked about Peal, McCrory said, "I don't know Mardy. Well, I may have met her. I may know her, but I'm not sure if I do."

Asked if he was concerned about the scrutiny DHHS has faced, McCrory said it was that scrutiny itself that is the problem. 

"I do want to say one concern I have right now, and I will say I read the article today, one concern I have in the future for all the future hires that my cabinet secretaries have to make is that is – I'm extremely concerned at the deep –" McCrory said, pausing.

He then re-started his thought.

"I'm very concerned in hiring future people who want to come into state government for a temporary amount of time, the intrusion into their personal life by people, political operatives and others, that will distract people from wanting to be engaged in public service for a year or two," he said. "That's my one concern about what I read this morning."

The salary, recent raises and other information about how much public employees made are public records, as are the contracts given to contract employees.


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  • ccsmith1902 Sep 21, 2013

    McCrory is worried about his abuse of power.

  • Rodin Sep 21, 2013

    "The NC GA are not republicans. They are ALEC employees and Art Pope Puppets."

    Pat "The Marionette" McCrory for "Puppetmaster" Pope indeed.

  • corey3rd2 Sep 20, 2013

    ****Leave the man alone let him work and if you dont like what he has done in four years vote him out.

    Cause you just sat back and let Bev Perdue do her thing without a peep for 4 years? Please quite thinking we're as foolish as your imagination.

  • corey3rd2 Sep 20, 2013

    "The NC GA are not republicans. They are ALEC employees and Art Pope Puppets."

  • lovelarvae Sep 20, 2013

    "The NC GA are not republicans. They are Tea Partiers."

    Over time they are rapidly becoming one and the same. If the state and national republicans don't grow a spine quickly and get control of these tea party types that think no government is always better than any government, then the republican party will go the way of the Whigs.

  • oldaltar Sep 20, 2013

    The NC GA are not republicans. They are Tea Partiers. They will eventually destroy the republican party if the tea party is not rooted out from among their ranks. They needed the GOP to rise to power and will need the GOP to maintain their power. They are a cancer that if not dealt with will destroy this country. Tea party politics are not new. The root of their politics date back to the 70's. However Mr. Duke was a little too outspoken and was rejected by both the democrats and republicans. So they changed their game plan but not the plan.

  • dollibug Sep 19, 2013

    ****Leave the man alone let him work and if you dont like what he has done in four years vote him out.

    Has he started working YET?
    This will indeed be a ONE TERM GOVERNOR*

  • teleman60 Sep 19, 2013

    "manufactured "scandal" is just pathetic desperation from a party" -HAHAHHAHA

    -A guy gets $226,000 for 6 months work and he's best bud's with Wos's husband?
    -a woman with no experience is hired as a CONSULTANT $95,000
    -2 23-4 year olds getting $87,000 with no experience.


    This is nearly half a million dollars!

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Sep 19, 2013

    "All of this manufactured "scandal" is just pathetic desperation from a party that wasted their time controlling the state and are now irrelevant." - pirate01

    :-) Art is back again for his daily intellectual whuppin'!

  • edtomjr Sep 19, 2013

    Pirate01, lol, this is NOT manufactured scandal. Obviously you have zero idea about the policies and procedures for hiring and granting raises in these State departments. These are clear violations. There are people working for the state that are republican, there are people working for the state that are democrats- none of that matters when both are getting screwed and these types of incidents are going on. Everybody in DHHS is mad, not just one side!