posted on September 18, 2013 14:16
It must be the Governor’s nightmare – opening the newspaper and seeing the acronym ‘DHHS.’
The other morning one headline roared DHHS (the Department of Health and Human Services) had hired another former campaign worker (not from his campaign this time but from the Republican Party) and another headline roared it had fired a doctor, Dr. Rebecca King, who headed the Division of Oral Health.
Now whether Dr. King was the best or worst employee in state government isn’t the point – the point’s subtler: Governor McCrory’s own folks had landed him in the soup again.
Because after being fired Dr. King told every newspaper reporter who’d listen loud and clear how she’d been abused by Secretary Aldona Wos – while Secretary Wos declined to be interviewed by a single reporter.
The result was pretty simple: Dr. Wos may have been 100% right but nobody knows it because the only one talking is Dr. King.
The Department of Health and Human Services isn’t a business. And it doesn’t run like a business. It’s a big, clunky, treacherous $18 billion hunk of government run amok and if she’s going to clean it up Secretary Wos is going to need one thing more than anything else: For the public to trust her judgment. That’s why they need to hear her side of the story.
That would be a big help to Governor McCrory too.