McCrory defends big salaries to ex-campaign staff

Aug. 16, 2013 @ 06:58 PM

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is defending the big government salaries and raises granted to two young Republicans who worked on his 2012 campaign.

McCrory told WNCN a pair of 24-year olds recently promoted to key senior positions at the Department of Health and Human Services are well qualified, despite having worked in state government only a few months. McCrory said both beat out older job candidates for their positions, adding that it would be wrong to discriminate against someone on the basis of age.

Matthew McKillip is paid $87,500 annually as the chief policy adviser to DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos. DHHS Communications Director Ricky Diaz is paid $85,000. Both are recent college graduates who worked on McCrory's 2012 campaign and transition team.