Jeh Johnson defends Marrone hire, admits not reading background check
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson defended his hiring of Christian Marrone as his chief of staff in a congressional hearing Wednesday.If you have a background check and nobody cares, was it ever really performed? As it turns out, Marrone had some shady and questionable real estate dealings back when he was in Phillie, but apparently hiring guys that defraud people and misrepresent real estate holdings is fine and dandy for the head of Homeland Security...
Mr. Marrone previously worked as an aide to a convicted Pennsylvania state senator, using his taxpayer salary to manage the renovation of the former senator’s mansion and helping the corrupt politician funnel money and spy on political enemies.
You know what else jumped out at me? This:
In an internal memo written in 1998, Mr. Marrone suggests changes to the Philadelphia police force’s hiring practices, to make it more efficient and effective. In a copy obtained by the Washington Times, Mr. Marrone said because of an agreement the department had with the NAACP to hire a percentage of minority applicants, the result was the “skipping over of qualified white candidates, and the hiring of minorities with criminal records.”
Now, it's unclear if Marrone supported the agreement or not. The wording suggests he was trying to change it, and I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt there. However - subject change here - I cannot believe that such a policy exists, let alone is put into print. Could you imagine the holy s**tstorm that would ensue if the city of Houston had an OFFICIAL POLICY of hiring less-qualified white applicants?
It's not reverse racism, folks, it's plain old racism; we should denounce it no matter who the recipient is...
That is all.