RALEIGH, WAKE COUNTY - North Carolina Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos got a bipartisan grilling from lawmakers worried about personnel decisions at her embattled agency.
During a 9-hour oversight hearing Tuesday, both Republicans and Democrats asked pointed questions of the Greensboro doctor and GOP fundraiser appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to lead the $18-billion agency. Wos stood by her decision to hire two 24-year-old former McCrory campaign aides to senior-level positions making salaries in excess of $85,000.
Republican Sen. Tommy Tucker of Union County was among those telling Wos he couldn't defend the high pay to his constituents, noting his daughter-in-law makes only about a third as much as a public school teacher.
Wos later refused to answer whether she considered any other candidates for the jobs, as McCrory has asserted.