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Grifters gotta grift. And that’s certainly true among North Carolina Republicans:

Young Republicans who helped elect North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory have been rewarded with big salaries in his new administration.

Matthew McKillip was named this week as chief policy adviser to Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos. Records show the 24-year-old McKillip received a $22,500 raise in April, bringing his taxpayer-supported salary to $87,500.

Records show 24-year-old DHHS Communications Director Ricky Diaz got a $23,000 raise in April, boosting his state salary to $85,000.

McCrory didn’t respond to requests Thursday seeking comment. Wos also did not respond.

While there is certainly nothing new about campaign staffers moving into government jobs once their bosses are elected, the big state paychecks for McCrory’s ex-campaign workers appear at odds with his repeated calls for belt-tightening in state government.

McKillip and Diaz are each paid about three times the starting salary for North Carolina public school teachers, who received no raises in the $20.6 billion state budget approved by the GOP-dominated legislature and signed last month by McCrory.

Well yeah. The real value in society is destroying unions, ensuring that black people can’t vote, and implementing a theocracy. Anyone who can do that is going to make the big money.

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