Democrat Governor Mark Dayton Keeps His Personal Chef, Housekeeper During Government Shutdown
The State of Minnesota couldn’t come to terms on a budget, and now the state’s government is shut down.
But that doesn’t mean Governor Mark Dayton, who claimed to have slashed the executive branch down to only essential staff during the shut down, is going to go without his personal chef and his housekeeper:
A Political Agenda item yesterday noted that Gov. Mark Dayton has laid off about half of his 40-member staff during the state shutdown, while 20 are considered essential and still working.
On the list of those still working are two staff members, Micah Pace and Michelle Mersereau, who were listed as “Residence Support Staff.”
This morning, Michael Brodkorb, the communications director for the Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus (and he’s also deputy chair of the state Republican Party), called to say that on the governor’s official staff list (PDF), Pace is listed as “chef,” and Mersereau is listed as “Housekeeper/server.”
Sacrifice is for the little people.
Update: Democrats are now claiming that Governor Dayton has been paying for the chef out of his own pocket, and that this arrangement started on July 1st. But if that were true, then why was the chef on the list of essential government workers?
Keep in mind that most workers are payed every two weeks, or bi-monthly. This chef probably hasn’t received a pay check from the 1st, meaning that Dayton could have decided just today to pay the chef out of his own pocket.Tags: big government, mark dayton, minnesota