"Jobs" candidate lays off 25% of staff

Posted January 30, 2012

It's probably not the best headline for a "jobs" candidate. 

Putting people back to work is the central plank in Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Bill Faison's campaign platform. But his law firm is laying off nearly a quarter of its staff.

Faison spokeswoman Jeanne Bonds confirms Faison's medical malpractice firm, Faison and Gillespie, is laying off three full-time and two part-time employees, effective February 1st. The firm's website lists a total of 21 employees. Bonds says "about 14" are still there.

One of the laid-off employees is a lawyer. Others were "intake people," according to Bonds.

Faison is one of the firm's two partners, and was involved in the layoff decision.

According to Bonds, business is down and layoffs are up at a lot of law firms, not just Faison's. 

"This is basically just expanding and contracting with the economy," she said this evening. "He's been in this business for 26 years. He's hired people when the economy was good, and laid off people when it's been bad."

Bonds doesn't see a conflict with Faison's campaign message about jobs. "I think he's right in the middle of what he's saying about jobs," she said. "He knows in his firm he's having to lay people off because he doesn't have enough work."

So far this cycle, Faison has loaned his campaign $500,000 of his personal money.  

Faison's firm also laid off three full-time employees in 2010, though Bonds says one was brought back when business picked up.


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  • cynthiahartley6 Feb 4, 2012

    Does everyone else see the irony in this situation? A good PR person should have the skills to 'dress up' even a marginal candidate and make him a viable contender. Bonds has apparently been so unsuccessful at PR she can't even sell herself, not as the candidate she wants to be or for PR. She has stated clearly that she has to work for free for Faison. What a team!

  • driverkid3 Feb 1, 2012

    tommys5::Just another John Edwards without the $400 haircut.

    What hair? From the pictures I've seen, he shouldn't have to pay more than $1.00 for cutting that little fringe he has.

  • jawsofsteel Jan 31, 2012

    This is a clear example of someone who does not know how to create jobs. But I am going to give you my second million dollar idea for free. (My first one was turning I-95 into a toll road and yes NC you are welcome). The next great idea for our wonderful state is to create mass transit around the Metro area of Raleigh. As for this Lawyer, do not waste your time supporting the institution of milking America dry. There should be caps and limitations on what can be paid out to individuals. I support "Common Sense" and it should be used all the time when making decisions whether in government or the private sector.

  • josephlawrence43 Jan 31, 2012

    Like Obama--talks alot about jobs--and then shows his true colors by pulling something like this...

  • whatelseisnew Jan 31, 2012

    Typical nonsense. I don't know this guy, however, if your business is off and the money is not flowing in then you have no choice but to lay off people. Making things like this a political issue is nonsense.

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  • KnowsBetter Jan 31, 2012

    25%? Really??? Try closer to 50% since November 2010. Why don't you poll the thoughts of the NINE (at least) full-time employees laid off in November 2010. So, Bonds, if you are going to be the spokeswoman for a liar, at least get YOUR information correct. Ironically, the first round came just three days after he was re-elected using the same "create jobs" platform. Not to mention that it was right before the holidays! So, while he is flying around in his private jet, harworking people are having to humble themselves in the unemployment line so their families can still have a Christmas. Anyone who votes for this man is an absolute fool!


  • tommys5 Jan 31, 2012

    Just another John Edwards without the $400 haircut.

  • technetium9 Jan 31, 2012

    jobs= sueing people what other politician made his money this way answer: John Edwards and we all know how that turned out.

  • ptrrrk1 Jan 31, 2012

    This guys is only looking out for himself. snake oil salesman