Monday, June 15, 2020

Good Follow-up questions about Phil Wilson

"Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord,
But a just weight is His delight."
Proverbs 11:1

Obviously, last week we wrote about the multifaceted disaster of Phil Wilson/the Texas Department of Health and Human services/the Lower Colorado River Authority.  We weren't aware of this when we wrote the original post, but apparently Mr. Wilson is a longstanding member of the good ol' boy crowd in Smith County.  Given the Smith County connection, JoAnn Fleming has some follow-up questions:
Mr. Cahn's blog got us thinking about the timing of Mr. Wilson's hire and Abbott's contact tracing contract. Here's our list of unanswered questions:

1. Why is a quasi-state agency “river authority” paying over $636,000 per year for a General Manager?

2. Why is Gov. Abbott entrusting the state agency charged with leading the COVID-19 response to a part-time commissioner?

3. Why did HHSC Executive Commissioner Phil Wilson sign the $295 million contract with MTX Group for contact tracing – approving it in two days – apparently without running due diligence backgrounds on MTX and the CEO?

(Note: As we’ve reported, grassroots leaders have uncovered plenty of questionable information about the contract, MTX Group and its CEO that Mr. Wilson apparently overlooked.)

4. How long can anyone hold two high level demanding jobs before mistakes become deadly – especially since HHSC regulates nursing homes, operates nearly two dozen state hospitals and state supported living facilities, and is one of the largest state bureaucracies with 36,600 employees?

5. Why is this double posting considered constitutional, legal, or even ethical and how long will the Abbott-ignored legislature allow this kind of elite nest-feathering to go on without question?
Well said...although we will politely (but very, very, firmly) suggest the answer to question #5 can be found here.

Bottom Line:  The world of legal political corruption in the state of Texas can be...quite sordid.

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