Ramsey's chief of staff the nation's top paid

Ron Ramsey's chief of staff makes $173,000 a year (three times as much as his boss and only $8,000 less than the governor; he is the country's highest paid chief of staff for a lieutenant governor) and he does what, lieutenant governor?

"There's not a day goes by, even out of session, that I don't call him for some kind of advice," Ramsey said. "He is the (chief operating officer) of a big company, about 150 employees. I live 300 miles away and he runs the day-to-day operations, whether a secretary needs a copier machine or something breaks or tears up with the facility, he's the one that makes those decisions when I'm not there in consultation with me of course on most of those."

Ramsey says Frizzell's management of staff allows him to do what he loves most.

"I love setting policy for the State of Tennessee," he said. "I think we're doing a great job of running the state and improving education and on and on but when one secretary is fussing, because another secretary's computer is two years newer or we're trying to decide if we should buy 12 ounce Styrofoam cups or 16 ounce Styrofoam cups for the cafeteria, that's the kind of stuff I don't want to be involved in. I'm more worried about whether we can pave our roads in the State of Tennessee...I'm more worried about kids graduating high school and going to college than whether there's a $10,000 difference in somebody's salary somewhere. I think that's the kind of stuff I don't want to be involved in."