Not to worry !! If you do a good job getting rid of the "dead wood" you won't have to worry much about another job !!
"I have heard him say some bizarre things on other topics...maybe if he keeps talking, I will be able to make up my mind about him. "
It is early, I could only encourage you (or anyone else) to "keep listening", things have not even started.
On the "bizarre things" above, clue me in, I would look into them for sure !!!