Normally when you look at someone’s résumé’ you see a history of what jobs the person has held and when they held them.  Usually this is a continuous line running from point A to point B with no breaks in it.

But not the résumé of Mike Sentence which you can see here..

On page 4 you see he lists working as Legal Counsel, Office of Lieutenant Governor (August 1980-August 1981.  The Lt. Governor in Massachusetts then was Thomas P. O’Neill, III, son of longtime Democratic Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Tip O’Neill.

The next entry is Assistant Attorney General (October 1988-January 1991.)

But why the gap from September 1981 to September 1988?  Where did these seven years go?  What was he doing during this period?

Spend a few minutes on the internet (apparently something no one with the state school board did) and you find out that he was involved with the presidential campaigns of Teddy Kennedy, Gary Hart and Al Gore, Jr.  Here is a good compilation of articles pertaining to Sentsnce over the years.  Look at articles from the Boston Globe (3-3-88;7-15-84: 3-5-80)

This is all fine, well and good.  I have been involved with a number of campaigns during my career.  But why doesn’t the résumé show this?  Could it be that when you are trying to get a job in a state where the Republican party has a stranglehold on state government and hold every constitutional office, you just as soon no one know?

But the “gap” in employment definitely speaks to the issue of transparency, openness and trust.  And why did no one on the state board question Sentance about this?  Unfortunately, all the questions asked of each of the six candidates were generic and not specific to anyone’s background or work experience.  So you end up with Betty Peters asking everyone if they think there is more than one way to solve a math problem.

Sentence applied for the superintendent’s job in Alabama in 2011 and did not get an interview.  I still find it hard to believe that no one asked him why he was more qualified today than he was five years ago?   Instead board member Mary Scott Hunter keeps saying, “His résumé just grew on me.”  She was on the school board in 2011.  She was part of the selection process.  Yet apparently Sentance’s résumé, the same one he now has, did not grow on her then.

But what I find most hard to believe is how did five hard-shell Republicans (Matt Brown, Betty Peters, Stephanie Bell, Mary Scott Hunter and Robert Bentley) end up voting for someone with a history of Teddy Kennedy, Gary Hart and Al Gore, Jr?

Obviously the old saw about “politics makes strange bedfellows” is true.