Before he retired earlier this year, Chronicle-Herald columnist Peter Duffy was internationally renowned for such groundbreaking journalism as his first-person account of being anally raped by a ghost, a single-entendre report on the opening of the Dartmouth Hooters and a softball interview with white supremacist Jared Taylor.
This week that expertise is being taken to its ridiculously logical conclusion: Duffy has been hired as a speechwriter and "community liaison co-ordinator" for Peter Kelly, the perpetually ham-fisted mayor of Halifax. Considered it the flashback-ridden leading the blind.
Word of Duffy's new gig came via an exclusive report in the Chronicle-Herald, and not through normal HRM media channels, a turn of events that calls into question Duffy's professionalism even before he officially steps into the position.
Duffy will make between $42,000 and $70,000 a year, says the Herald. Duffy will work directly for Peter Kelly, and Duffy's salary comes out of the mayoral office budget, not from the budget for HRM communications, explains Shaune MacKinlay, HRM's manager of public affairs. —TB