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Ironically former state treasurer Andy Dillon left the Snyder administration last November because he feared he was quickly becoming a political liability for the governor.  He was right.

And now three months later, guess what?

He's a political liability.

Administration critics have yet another example of what they term a lack of candor over how the governor is running the government.

Somebody brokered a deal with Mr. Dillon to leave his post but remain as a transition advisor to his replacement Kevin Clinton.  Nothing nefarious about that. In fact it was a valid idea.

But at the time, nobody from the administration revealed that Mr. Dillon would soak up his previous salary rate of about $174,000 a year.  No exit time was announced either and now it appears it was open ended.

Once the MIRS News service stumbled onto those facts, Mr. Dillon was back in the news and the Snyder administration was back on the hot seat.  It tried to "explain" why the ex- director's paycheck was not sliced and why he was still hanging around.  The gov's guys explain he was working on Detroit bankruptcy pension issues, making speeches and consulting with the governor' office and working on other treasury matter.

The Democrats, smelling another chance to exploit another administration self-inflected transparency wound, jumped all over this story.  An investigation is needed implored the Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer.  "Scandal" cried-out the State Democratic Party Chair Lon Johnson.

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At a pay rate of over $3,000 a week, how many hours has Mr. Dillon worked?

Darned if I  know, reflected the department's mouthpiece Terry Stanton. "I do not have a tally of the hours Mr. Dillon has worked.

The best educated guess is less than twenty hours a week.
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So Mr. Clinton, (Dillon's replacement) "how many times a week do you communicate" with him?

"I couldn't tell you that right now," the new director demurred.

"Was it more than two times a week?"

"Initially, certainly, um, you know, ah, currently probably not."

"Are you comfortable with this arrangement?"

"Yes…I'm just surprised people are upset about it."

"Do you think the salary is justified?"

He explains that Mr. Dillon is not collecting the whole $174,000 since he has only worked for about three months and is expected to leave in "one or two weeks."

Then he points out, just to cover his own back side, that he sure as heck didn't negotiate the deal, but if you are asking, "is it fair?"  He answers his own question, "Sure."

Oh my.  The D's could have fun with that as the Dillon political liability meter goes up another notch.

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