Friday, June 15, 2007

Californians now get to watch George Cardona like a hawk

Thanks to Abu.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) revealed today that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales had once again bypassed the Senate and used an obscure Patriot Act provision to appoint an interim U.S. attorney in California. The authority Gonzales used was at the heart of the U.S. attorney scandal, and was banned in a bill that passed both chambers of Congress with strong bipartisan support earlier this year. The legislation was sent to the President for his signature on June 4.
Bush delayed just enough so:
Thanks to his delay, Alberto Gonzales was able to install George Cardona as an interim U.S. Attorney in the Central District of California.
Thanks, Georgie and Abu! Now we get to ask why George Cardona was so important that they needed to sneak him in like this.


Anonymous said...

This is a non-issue since George Cardona is not even a Republican. He's a long-term Dem. This appointment is about
1) inertia (he was in the #2 spot when the previous head resigned and thus he automatically became the acting US Atty, and since the White House doesn't want to deal with the Senate Jud Comm about much of ANYTHING they figured, just make him the interim)
2) Fear of adding fuel to a raging fire by having a confirmation hearing for someone they clearly know nothing about
3) wanting to store up nominations so there are some perfectly acceptable candidates (O'Brian) along with a few truly outrageous candidates.

ellroon said...

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