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'Hollingsworth has shown he'€™ll keep a lie secret until caught'



Marc Caputo pretty much calls on Adam Hollingsworth to resign for lying on his resume to a prior employer:

...And aside from the double-talk, a double standard abides.

Four top state officials have left office during Hollingsworth’s term when headlines turned bad. Of them, three faced troubles over issues that occurred prior to joining Scott’s team, and they said they didn’t want to become a “distraction” hurting the governor or the state.

•   Commissioner of Education Tony Bennett resigned in August amid claims that, in his prior job in Indiana, he had changed grades to benefit a charter school. Bennett decried the “malicious, unfounded reports,” and an independent review board later cleared him of any wrongdoing. But Bennett said he stepped down because he didn’t “think anything should distract us.”

•  The Department of Economic Opportunity’s executive director, Hunting Deutsch, quit a year ago when word surfaced that he collected unemployment benefits while traveling in Europe before he was hired. Said Deutsch in a letter to Scott: “I find the current media focus on my personal matters a distraction to the agency and your administration and believe it is best for me to leave.”

•   Lieutenant Governor Jennifer Carroll resigned in March right after state investigators interviewed her in a criminal case against Allied Veterans of the World, an illegal gambling operation that masqueraded as a nonprofit charity. Carroll, before she joined Scott’s ticket in 2010, did P.R. work for the company. She was later cleared of wrongdoing. “I thought it would be better to remove myself from being a distraction,” Carroll explained to the Associated Press. Hollingsworth wrote her resignation letter and told her she had to sign it.

After helping engineer Carroll’s ouster, Hollingsworth then began boxing out Scott’s top political advisor and pollster, Tony Fabrizio, and other Scott supporters...

Full column here

[Last modified: Monday, December 9, 2013 8:57am]


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