As a state employee, I was offended by Steve Pence's remark that state employees are "political hacks." Perhaps, Pence was not aware of the status of state employees. By law, we are virtually disenfranchised. We cannot participate in a partisan election except for voting. In many ways, we are not very different from other populations who have been denied their political rights. However, a few people do receive favors because their family or friends have political ties. This tradition is not the fault of one political party, but is ingrained in the culture of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Mr. Pence should not have over-generalized. A large majority of state employees received their jobs the hard way. We obtained the appropriate education, took qualifying exams and most likely scoring in the top 5 percent of those who took that particular exam.
Am I a "political hack"? This is my story.