Top Cawthorn Staffer Makes $127K With No Experience

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports:

The top staffer for Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina makes the equivalent of a $127,111 annual salary despite having no background in government and little other work experience except for running Texas fireworks stands, according to recently released congressional spending reports and a Republican Capitol Hill source.

The quarterly disbursements statement shows the first-term Western North Carolina Republican Cawthorn’s Chief of Staff William “Blake” Harp made $31,777.77 in the first quarter of the year, the equivalent of $127,111 annually.

That is not unusual for a person running the office of a member of Congress. But Harp, who apparently knew Cawthorn since at least 2016 when Cawthorn was 20 years old and Harp was of a similar age, has no background in government, unlike other chiefs of staff, a Republican legislative staff member said.

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