CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Last week, internet provider Citynet announced a major hire: The upstart company had lured state Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael away from rival Frontier Communications.
With Carmichael in its executive suite, Citynet figured it would have a powerful ally in the state Legislature, where Citynet and Frontier have battled for years over the best way to expand high-speed broadband service in West Virginia.
But on Monday, Carmichael changed his mind and returned to his job as sales director at Frontier. Carmichael had signed an employment acceptance letter with Citynet and worked there three days last week.
“He told us they more than doubled his salary,” Citynet CEO Jim Martin said Monday. “I didn’t think they would throw that much money out there to keep him. That shows how much Frontier hates us…