Ain’t Post-Partisanship Wonderful?

February 19th, 2009at 07:21am Posted by Eli

Obama’s keeping most of Dubya’s US Attorneys:

Of the 93 U.S. attorneys who served under the previous administration, Gibbs said aboard Air Force One en route to Phoenix with President Barack Obama, 51 remain.

The White House also says that, at the start of the administration, all 93 were allowed to serve temporarily. Thirty resigned before Obama’s inauguration on Jan. 20, and 12 more have left since then. And the 51 still serving are technically there on a temporary basis — Obama hasn’t decided that all will remain.

Yet, during his campaign, Obama made it clear that Fitzgerald had his support. The corruption-buster also has the support of Illinois’ senior Sen. Dick Durbin. Durbin (D-Ill.) had said in November that he would recommend another term for the Chicago-based prosecutor. And Durbin’s office had recently made it known that Fitzgerald would be sticking around, as our colleagues at the Ticket noted.

“I will support what he wants to do,” Durbin said in November. “I think he has done an extraordinary job.”

I have no idea how this is going to play out.  Does this simply mean that Obama is taking his sweet time finding replacements?  Are the 51 holdovers all nonpartisan serious prosecutors, or are some of them Republican operative hacks who prosecute innocent Democrats and go soft on corrupt Republicans?  Was there any kind of review process to determine who was who (given the fact that he’s simply keeping everyone who hasn’t quit, it sounds like no)?

I’m sure some of them are fine prosecutors (like Fitz, whose retention I support 1,000%), but overall this just seems to be asking for trouble.

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Obama,Republicans


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