Whether or not Governor Earl Ray Tomblin sees it this way or not, his actions today in appointing Teresa Maynard as head of administrative law judges is a slap in the face to the voters of Mingo County.
Perhaps Tomblin, who presumably will never run for office again, does not care what the people of Mingo think. Undeniably, however, he has to know.
It takes no Einstein to figure out that in the May primary, Jonathan “Duke” Jewell defeated incumbent Mingo Prosecutor Teresa Maynard, 3,701 to 2,766. That’s 57 to 43 percent, governor. In anyone’s book, a 14-point election victory is a landslide.
So, with the voters rejecting the do-nothing Maynard who refused to even prosecute the men who beat an 18-year-old into a coma, Tomblin apparently had no confusion in simply giving her a better job. Most administrators see promotions as rewards for a job well done. It seems Tomblin is looking for something else.
Maynard’s track record as Prosecutor is abysmal. The voters saw her laziness, cronyism, favoritism and ineptness for exactly what it was. At their first opportunity to render a decision, they voted soundly to throw her out. Voters said, “go over to Lenore and see if any private citizen will ever hire you,” by their ballots. But the Governor donned his Superman cape and flew to the rescue.
Tomblin has always been very cozy with the Team Mingo faction that former United States Attorney Booth Goodwin called “corrupt.” Today, we ran a photo of the Governor smilingly holding onto a Judge Michael Thornsbury street sign in better days for the disgraced Judge. Tomblin’s name was repeatedly attached to what became Team Mingo in election cycles.
The Governor has worked hard to erase his image as one of the Southern “Good Old Boys.” He has often done this to the detriment of the areas he formerly represented in the Legislature. But let us assure one and all of this: building a new Earl Ray Tomblin Government Building in Williamson would not offend folks more than Maynard’s misplaced appointment.
Soon, the State Senate Confirmations Committee will have to approve Maynard’s appointment. Those irate about the choice should take the time, now, to contact members of that committee and voice outrage at this appointment. Here are the members along with their Capitol phone numbers and email addresses:
Donna Boley, Chair, 304-357-7905, email@example.com; Jeff Mullins, Vice Chair, 304-357-7831, firstname.lastname@example.org; Bob Ashley, 304-357-7970, email@example.com; Greg Boso, 304-357-7973, firstname.lastname@example.org; Jeff Kessler, 304-357-7902,email@example.com; Ron Miller, 304-357-7959, firstname.lastname@example.org; Corey Palumbo,304-357-7854, email@example.com; Bob Plymale, 304-357-7937,firstname.lastname@example.org; and Tom Takubo, 304-357-7990, email@example.com.
Voters “retired” Maynard in May. Let’s tell the senators to keep her that way.