Betsey Bayless stares at us this morning from an above-the-fold perch in the Valley & State section of the daily newspaper. The “moderate” Republican, usually the recipient of high praise from that corner, is taking a jab in the chops today.
In an article titled, Health-system director scrutinized after report, Bayless, 64, is exposed as overpaid and under-qualified for her job as chief executive officer of the state’s largest public hospital system. Paid $368,000 a year for a job for which she acknowledges she has no credentials, she has come under scrutiny by a national health care accrediting organization for flaws in the system.
Bayless was widely regarded as the spoiler in the 2002 governor’s race which Napolitano won by a slim margin over Matt Salmon, a former Arizona GOP congressman. Immediately after Democrat Napolitano’s win, she rewarded Bayless by appointing her Director of the state Department of Administration, a job which normally goes to a party loyalist of the governor.