Gov.-elect Deval Patrick complained Friday about Gov. Mitt Romney’s decision to appoint a budget planner to be executive director of a board overseeing state funding for stem cell research.
Aaron D’Elia, a 35-year-old assistant secretary in the Executive Office of Administration and Finance, was approved Thursday by the board by a 4–1 margin to head the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. The post pays $125,000 annually.
University of Massachusetts President Jack Wilson voted against the appointment, saying it was made without a search. …
D’Elia’s views on stem cell research are similar to Romney’s. He said he supports the use of stem cells created from embryos left over from fertility treatments, but opposes cloning embryos.
He thinks he’s qualified for the job because of his background in economic development, even though he has no science background.
“I’m comfortable about what I bring to the table,” said D’Elia, 35, a Republican, who made $105,000 this year.
The Republican War on Science moves forward.