Mr. Morrisey also hired Dan Greear, an individual who West Virginia failed to elect.
Attorneys are not equal, but if it weren't for the state of West Virginia, many would be unemployed.
Why would anyone resign from a highly successful law practice in Washington, D.C., and take a sizeable pay cut, move to West Virginia to become second fiddle to a newly elected official?
How long after he was elected did Mr. Morrisey offer Mr. Lin the job?
Why has it taken him over 90 days to submit an application for the exam?
Why as taxpayers are we paying Mr. Lin for a job he is not qualified for.
Lin salary article slanted, unfair
The front-page treatment (Morrisey defends Lin's $132K salary," Feb. 16) of attorney and recent West Virginia Attorney General hire Elbert Lin is backwards and discourteous. Rather than welcoming Mr. Lin, the article makes hay out of the fact that he is drawing a salary before his admission to the bar.
This is much ado about nothing. The state licensing process is as much about collecting fees as it is about vetting applicants. Mr. Lin can still contribute, with certain limits, his talents to benefit the citizens of West Virginia in the meantime. The article implicates Mr. Lin's qualifications to draw a low, six-figure salary, which is absurd. Mr. Lin graduated from Yale Law School and clerked for a U.S. Supreme Court justice. His résumé easily commands a salary twice what he earns as a state employee.
Given his pedigree, Mr. Lin's decision to move to West Virginia and work for its citizens should be celebrated. Instead, the article makes his hiring appear scandalous.
Our state has to be willing to welcome talented individuals and families to West Virginia to ensure our state's prosperity. This article is a sad reminder as to how far we have to go.
Christian M. Capece