Fact or Fiction: (“Alabama paid over $376,000 for Dial as ARAC Director.”

My opponent’s entire stump speech and campaign have devolved to “Greg Varner is a liar.”  As was demonstrated last week in the Anniston Star, I have been truthful in my claims despite his cries (and cussing) to the contrary.

Not only has he claimed I lied about his record of support for gambling, he has claimed I lied about his salary as Alabama Rural Action Commission Director. In fact , he told the Anniston Star that “he was paid an average of $50,000 a year for fewer than four years he held the position.

Here are the numbers directly from ADECA for him:

February 5, 2007 until September 30, 2007: Total $70,648.74

  • Gross Wages: $55, 697.57
  • FICA Payments: $4,260.90
  • Retirement: $4,333.27
  • Health Insurance: $6357.oo
  • Total Fringe Benefits: $14,951.17

October 1, 2007 until September 30, 2008: Total $112,210.52

  • Gross Wages: $87,936.00
  • FICA Payments: $6,727.20
  • Retirement: $9,022.32
  • Health Insurance: $8,525.00
  • Total Fringe Benefits: $24,274.52

October 1, 2008 until September 30, 2009: Total $117,313.88

  • Gross Wages: $91,013.76
  • FICA Payments: $6,962.64
  • Retirement: $10,812.48
  • Health Insurance: $8,525
  • Total Fringe Benefits: $26,300.12

October 1, 2009 until April 2, 2010: Total $76,572.56

  • Gross Wages: $60,232.17
  • FICA Payments: $4,607.82
  • Retirement: $6,097.57
  • Health Insurance: $5,635.00
  • Total Fringe Benefits: $16,340.39

GRAND TOTAL: $376,745.70

As reported here, after losing his reelection in 2006, Gov. Bob Riley created a position for Gerald Dial called the Diector of the Rural Action Commission. And as reported here, “Dial was appointed to this newly created $84,500 per year job.” (Note from the numbers above: Dial actually received a raise of near $6000 dollars.)

Many questioned whether this was political payback from Riley “casting the appointment as a quid pro quo to reward Dial for his role in one of the nastiest (and most untrue) attack ads of the political season.”

Of course, Gerald Dial had seven months earlier “single-handedly stood on the Senate floor this week and killed legislation that would have created a much-needed Center for Rural Development.” He said, “This bill would have been a boon for political cronies, not rural Alabama.”

“You can see the irony in Dial’s comment from a release (pdf) that he circulated later . . . to explain why he defeated an otherwise popular proposal that would have created a state Center for Rural Development, “I will not sit back and see your tax dollars wasted to create jobs to pay individual political debts.”

Considering under his tenure, we led the nation in rural job loss by losing 66,501 rural jobs, 11.65% of the work-force we may have wasted $376,745.70 paid for Gerald Dial from February 2007 until March 2010 as a poltical payback.

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