But she’s probably not the only one: the top #NeverTrump Republican donor has an employee who works in the Office of Personnel Management in the Trump administration.
Hedge funder Paul Singer spent millions of dollars against then-candidate Donald J. Trump, but — incredibly — one of his top employees is deciding who makes it into the government through the Office of Personnel Management.
One of the reasons you haven’t gotten the government you voted for is that it is taking longer than any other administration in recent history to get people into the government.
Columnist John Fund pointed this out for Fox News. Longish quote:
“There is no consensus inside the White House on how to make senior appointments in this administration,” a longtime participant in presidential transitions told me. “Secondly, the administration doesn’t have a well-staffed, well led Office of Presidential Personnel. The result is you have only 35 officials named so far, and another three have had to withdraw.”
The White House won’t respond to inquiries about its Presidential Personnel Office, and there may be a good reason. It is headed by John DeStefano, who served as former House Speaker John Boehner’s political director and senior adviser. At age 38 his only major personnel experience has been advising newly elected 2010 Tea Party members on who to hire.
DeStefano is captaining what amounts to a ghost ship when compared to previous presidents. I’m reliably told that only 18 people are currently working in his office. An official who has helped guide several presidential transitions told me that at this point in his presidency, Bill Clinton had nearly 100 people handling résumés inside the White House. “There were desks spilling out into the hallways of the Old Executive Office Building,” he recalls. Of course, Clinton’s early White House wasn’t always a model of efficiency.
The Office of Personnel Management has come into disrepute because it takes too long to vet people and bring them into the administration.
For example, the DeStefano hiring decision received strong rebukes from conservatives:
“What? Trump appoints John DeStefano, a longtime aide to former House Speaker John Boehner, as Director of Presidential Personnel for the entire administration!” conservative radio host Mark Levin posted on January 4, 2017. Conservative activist Richard Viguerie said DeStefano’s appointment was designed “to funnel Capitol Hill staffers loyal to the congressional Republican establishment into key jobs in the executive branch.” Viguerie noted that DeStefano has zero experience in human resource functions, which are at the core of his new role.
But while DeStefano isn’t suited for the job, his right hand woman is ideologically ill-suited.
DeStefano’s assistant is none other than Cecilia Schechter, who worked for none other than Paul Singer, the top #NeverTrump donor. Indeed, her LinkedIn page still has her listed as working for Paul Singer!
Singer was a noted critic of Trump during the campaign, telling a conference in Aspen last summer that Trump’s policies were “close to a guarantee of a global depression, widespread global depression.” Trump and Singer have since made up.
Sources close to GotNews confirm that the White House is actively looking for a new personnel director or a way of accelerating the nominating process to favor more conservative and pro-Trump appointees.
Now that Trump fired Katie Walsh, will he finally get someone in who supports his agenda and wants to Make America Great Again?
Stay tuned for more.
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