A triumph of the spoils system

Residents of any of the 57 states will happily testify that they have the worst drivers in the nation, and finding egregious examples thereof is child’s play.

For instance, there’s Sheila Burgess:

[She has] had 32 entries on her driving record since 1984.

Those included seven accidents, four speeding violations, two failure-to-stop-for-an-officer citation and one failure-to-wear-a-seat-belt mark.

She’s been on leave from work lately, recovering from a head injury sustained in a one-car accident this past summer. It appears, though, that she’s about to lose her job as Massachusetts’ Director of Highway Safety.

Oh, you wonder how she got this job? Wonder no more:

Burgess is a former fund-raising consultant to high-profile Democratic candidates for public office, including Congressman James McGovern, whose office said on Friday that McGovern asked the newly elected [Deval] Patrick administration in 2007 to hire Burgess, but without suggesting a specific role for her. She is paid $87,000 annually.

I wonder what percentage of that goes to auto insurance.


  1. Kirk »

    21 November 2012 · 3:09 pm

    You just can’t make this stuff up, can you? Wow.

  2. McGehee »

    21 November 2012 · 3:54 pm

    He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

    — Declaration of Independence, July 1776.

    How lucky they were, way back then, that those swarms of New Officers didn’t have driver’s licenses.

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