Ashe not impressed by Joe Carr being hired by Lee administration

Former state Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) announces his U.S. Senate bid in January 2013.

Color Victor Ashe unimpressed by Gov. Bill Lee’s hire of perennial candidate and former state Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) as an assistant commissioner paying $135,000 per year.

As a lawmaker, “Carr was seldom viewed as leadership material among his peers,” Ashe writes in the Knoxville Shopper News. “The appointment was almost universally greeted with eyes rolling.”

Ashe is a former Knoxville mayor and state Senator who was appointed ambassador to Poland by President George W. Bush.

“Time will tell how this works out,” Ashe writes about Carr. “Hopefully this is an exception in the caliber of appointments Lee makes.

“However, if Carr serves the 7½ years left in Lee’s possible two terms, his state pension will jump considerably with his six years in the legislature. It will go from $450 a month to over $2,000 a month, starting at age 55, because he is a retired lawmaker.”

20 Responses to Ashe not impressed by Joe Carr being hired by Lee administration

  • Jason Wallflower says:

    Yep. Hiring Joe Carr and Courtney Rogers were huge stains on Bill Lee. These are seriously unserious people that don’t have any business in public service. Peddling stupid legislation and conspiracy theories is not leadership.

  • TR says:

    I would’ve thought that a businessman would make better hires. We elected Bill Lee to run the state like a business, not to hand out jobs to unserious political grifters who supported him in the primary.

  • Cannoneer2 says:

    Are we still paying pensions for part time jobs in state government? (legislators)

  • Stuart I. Anderson says:

    Victor Ashe is a centrist Republican who acts as though the Lord placed the Republican Party on this earth to act as the political arm of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce and Business Round Table, no more, no less. For the Republican Party to engage in any undertaking that doesn’t serve to improve the profitability of the members of the Chamber within the next two or three quarters is by definition to the centrists a waste of time and not providing leadership. During his last few terms Joe was indeed a leader in the state house, a conservative leader, which is all that really counts.

    A brief explanation for those who may be confused by the term “unserious” as used by liberals and assorted leftists. Anyone who has no interest in virtue signaling at least once a day and has little patience for the victimology and identity politics that seems to be all the left has to offer lately is “unserious” as they see it, so the term shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Using leftspeak, Joe Carr has always been a very unserious public servant indeed. That’s one of the things I’ve always admired about him.

  • Phil Lassiter says:

    Joe fixed the E Verify though, so we have no illegals getting paid!

  • What makes the opinion of Ashe relevant to TNJ when he is surely not relevant to anyone outside his local district, and never was relevant otherwise?

    Why was this ridiculous vitriol spewing from a personal grudge deemed worthy of publishing is the real question, because it discredits TNJ far more than it discredits Joe Carr who has been very successful in business and therefore very qualified to serve our Governor Lee who has forgotten more that Ashe will ever know about leading a huge enterprise like our State Government.

  • MarLE says:

    The important part of this “article” is THE PENSION part. Setting Joe aside….what the Hell????? $24K per year for a part time job in the legislature followed up by a 7 yr job and that gets you that size pension.

    This whole pension stuff has to stop!!!!

  • Bob Fischer says:

    Boy, I sure don’t say this very often, but, Victor is right.

  • Diana Page says:

    The statement about electing Lee to run government like a business: Governments should be run efficiently, of course, but government is NOT a business. Governments’ goals are essentially different from those of businesses.

    A person who is successful in business needs additional skills, and ideally experience, to be successful in governmental leadership.

    It goes without saying, that both should be efficiently run, of course. Hiring incompetent, corrupt people hurts whether it is business or government. Special favors and pork hurts both. Judgments reflect on the executives.

  • MarLE says:

    When you hear ANY state employee gripe about their SALARY, I hope the information about Joe’s pension will cause everyone to ask the next Logical question: What is your TOTAL compensation, because unlike “regular people” there is much more to look at. Pensions Plus Cadillac health care neither of which you can outlive!

    Pension and other post-retirement benefit information should be Published and Easily available for the public. Put the website address on the highest billboard.

    • Cannoneer2 says:

      All state employees in Tennessee can’t be put in one group. There are Executive Service employees and Civil Service employees. The ES employees make the big bucks. Most CS employees make 30-40% lower than market, especially in technical fields.

      • Cannoneer2 says:

        It should also be pointed out that the Legislature has an entirely separate personnel system than the rest of state government.

  • MarLE says:

    Put it ALL in a place where taxpayers can clearly see the whole compensation package. ALL categories and all compensation. I am getting really tired of hearing only about low-ball salaries AS IF that was the whole story.

    Just put it out there. I am from a family with 5 teacher-retirees across 4 states. What they made in salary did not begin to inform the public about their retirement benefits Which they and their spouses cannot outlive. Everyone with a 401K able to say that?

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